Youth wrestlers perform well at 2017 state championships
Several local wrestlers brought home hardware from the 2017 Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Kids Folkstyle State Championships, which were held over the weekend at the Alliant Center in Madison.
St. Croix Central saw the most success among local teams. Three of the four Panther wrestlers who competed at state ended up as placewinners. One of the three New Richmond wrestlers who competed at state was a placewinner. The one Somerset wrestler who competed at state was unable to place.
For St. Croix Central, Parker Shackleton was the top finisher with a second-place outcome. He won his first two matches on pins, then earned a 5-0 victory in the semifinals of the 165-pound bracket for the 2004-05 age group. Shackleton was pinned by a wrestler from Pewaukee in the second round of the championship bout.
Two Central wrestlers were third-place finishers. Owen Wasley was the third-place finisher in the 95-pound class in the 2006-07 age group. Wasley lost his opening match, 8-7. He then went on an impressive run, winning five straight matches. All five wins came on decisions, including a 4-2 win in the third-place match.
Trennon Holzer took third place in the 45-pound class of the 2008-09 age group. Holzer opened the tournament with a pair of wins. His only loss came by a 7-6 score in the semifinals. He bounced back with a pair of wins, including a 5-3 win in the third-place match.
Brock Swenson wrestled in the 75-pound class of the 2006-07 age group. Both of his losses were by close scores, 1-0 and 3-0.
The top finisher for New Richmond was Tyler Dennis, who earned fourth place in the 130-pound class of the 2002-03 age division. Dennis opened the tournament with a pair of one-sided wins. From there, he was involved in three close decisions. In the semifinals, he lost to a Fond du Lac wrestler, 6-2. Dennis moved to the wrestlebacks where he scored a 2-0 win to qualify for the third-place match. That was another close call, with Dennis losing 7-3.
Hunter Schutte and Walker Cordie were defeated in both of their matches at the state tournament. Schutte competed in the 210-pound class of the 2004-05 age group. He lost his opening match on a pin, but put up an excellent battle in his second match, losing 3-1.
Cordie competed in the 240-pound class of the 2002-03 age division. He had a couple tough draws and was pinned in both of his matches.
Somerset’s only entry in the state tournament was Mackenzie Kuehn. She competed in the 105-pound class of the 2002-04 age division. Kuehn lost her opening match on a pin to a wrestler from Rhinelander. In the wrestlebacks, she was defeated 6-0 by a wrestler from Janesville. Both of the wrestlers who defeated Kuehn were state placewinners in 2016.