Middleton sends 10 wrestlers to sectionals

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Rob Reischel
Taggart Haase and Middleton's wrestlers finished second at regionals./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jake Cain and Grant Laurent hoisted regional championships.

Eight others advanced to sectionals.

Overall, last Saturday was an awfully good day for Middleton’s wrestlers.

Sauk Prairie won the WIAA Division 1 Waunakee Regional with 239.0 points. But the Cardinals were second with 196.0 points and advanced 10 of their 14 wrestlers to this Saturday’s Middleton Sectional, which begins at 10 a.m.

Middleton was trying to reach the state team tournament for the first time since 1994, but fell just short.

“As a team we tried not to dwell too much on not winning regionals,” said Cain, a senior wrestling at 138 pounds. “We performed well, but just came up a little short when it was over.”

Laurent, a senior wrestling at 152 pounds, agreed.

“It’s too bad the team couldn’t move on to sectionals,” Laurent said. “We brought some good people to the tournament, but Sauk Prairie just outwrestled us.”

The top four finishers at regionals advance to sectionals. The top two finishers at sectionals will then move on to the state tournament, which runs from Feb. 21-23.

Cain had a big day at regionals and improved to 45-1 on the season.

After receiving a first round bye, Cain pinned Madison West’s Jorge Aguilar in 1:44. Cain then won a 5-4 decision over Sauk Prairie’s Austin Powell.

“I felt that I did fairly well,” Cain said. “It was nice to come out of there with a first place finish heading into sectionals.”

The same could be said for Laurent, who had a big day at 152 pounds.

Laurent also received a first round bye, then pinned Waunakee’s Mason Ripp in 1:25. Then in the title match, Laurent defeated Sauk Prairie’s Brandon Sprecher, 4-2.

Laurent improved to 31-11 on the season.

“I'm very happy I won my regional, but sectionals is what counts,” Laurent said. “Next week I'll need to polish my moves so that I can continue on to the state tournament.”

Middleton also had four second place finishes. Those came from Brandon Best at 145, Shay Haase (160), Taggart Haase (170) and Nathan Dresen (182).

Best (11-5 overall) received a first round bye, then won by major decision over DeForest’s Jared Endres, 8-0. Best then lost to Portage’s Jacob Poches, 11-2, in the title match.

Shay Haase (30-9) began his day by pinning Madison Memorial’s Laquentin Banks in 1:24. Shay Haase then pinned Sauk Prairie’s Chris Chrisler in 1:44 in the semifinals.

Nick Anin of Madison West edged Shay Haase, 3-2, in the championship match. Shay Haase then pinned DeForest’s Nolan Tenpas in 1:11 in a wrestleback to claim second place.

Taggart Haase (28-9) received a first round bye, then defeated Sauk Prairie’s Jared Schaaf, 3-2, in the semifinals. Madison West’s John Goelzer then edged Taggart Haase, 3-2, in the title match.

Dresen (25-14) opened with a pin of Isaac Kysely of Madison Memorial in 58 seconds, then pinned Sauk Prairie’s Gage Neumeier in 3:10. In the title match, though, Dresen fell to DeForest’s Brock Allen, 21-10.

Justin Swiersz (113) and Mike O’Shea (126) both took third place. Swiersz is now 19-17 on the season, while O’Shea is 20-18.

Brett Cain (120) and Wyatt Cory (195) were both fourth. Brett Cain is now 24-15 on the year, while Cory is 26-15.


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