UPDATED: Superior's Bogojevic advances to stateBogojevic will face Reedsburg's Seth Brandt at 3 p.m. Thursday
NOTE: The previous story that was posted was incorrect and actually contained information from the WIAA regional tournament instead of the sectional tournament. The Telegram regrets any confusion caused by this mistake.
Superior High School’s Nikola Bogojevic advanced to this week’s WIAA State Wrestling Tournament with a first-place finish at Saturday’s WIAA Sectional Tournament in Merrill.
Bogojevic, a senior, improved to 44-0 by winning the 285-pound weight class with a pin over David Hamlin of Wausau East and decision wins over Cale Schliesman of Marshfield and Evan Knutson of Wausau West.
“A big congratulations to Niko for his regional and sectional championships,” SHS coach Bill Gedde said. “He controlled the entire match against Knutson, who many outside of this region felt was the best heavyweight in the state. Niko had an answer for every bit of offense Knutson could muster and Knutson couldn't keep pace with Niko's relentless attack and power.”
Bogojevic entered sectionals ranked No. 1 in the state with Knutson ranked No. 2.
Other Spartans wrestling Saturday were Tom Naughton, Nick Kirchoff and Ben Regner.
“Congratulations to Tom, Nick and Ben as well,” Gedde said. ”They all really wrestled well Saturday with each of them wrestling one of the top wrestlers in the state in each weight class,”
Regner finished the season with 24 wins with Naughton and Kirchoff each having 20 wins.
Bogojevic's first match at state will be at 3 p.m. Thursday against Seth Brandt (31-8) of Reedsburg Area. The winner will wrestle again Thursday night and the lose at 10 a.m. Friday.
285 – Niko Bogojevich, first place: pinned David Hamlin, Wausau East, 0:19; won 5-1 decision over Cale Schliesman, Marshfield; won 2-1 decision over Evan Knutson, Wausau West.
112 -- Tom Naughton, lost by fall to Nate Hettinga, Wausua West, 4:29
119 – Nick Kirchoff lost by fall to Rickie Pody, Wausua West, 3:31.
215 -- Ben Regner lost by fall to Zach Wendorf, Merrill, 5:57.
Sectional Team Scores
1. Wausau West, 119; 2. Merrill, 99.5; 3. Marshfield, 93; 4. Hudson, 84.5; 5. DC Everest, 70.5; 6. Chippewa Falls, 58.5; 7. River Falls, 55.5; 8. Eau Claire Memorial, 28; 9. Rhinelander, 19; 10. Antigo, 18; 11. Superior, 18;
12. Wausau East, 16; 13. Menomonie, 12; 14. Lakeland, 5; 15. Eau Claire North, 0; 16. New Richmond, 0.