Northwestern High School’s Markus Brown and Zach Pooler have advanced to the WIAA Division 2 State Wrestling Championships after finishing second and third, respectively, at the Neillsville Sectional Saturday, Feb. 16.

Brown, a sophomore, improved to 34-3 with his second-place finished at 113 pounds, while Pooler, a senior, is 32-10 at 145 pounds.

Brown won decisions over Thomas Oswald (Osceola) and Treyton Ackman (Spencer/Columbus Cathedral), before losing to Taedon Nichols (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren) in the first-place match. Nichols improved to 39-2 with the win.

Pooler won a major decision over Logan Ruesch (Abbotsford/Colby), lost a MD to Jared Lansing (Ellsworth), won a MD over Aaron Schmidt (Osceola), and pinned Isaak Livingston (Ashland) in the third-place match.

The state tournament begins Thursday, Feb. 21, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Both Tigers will wrestle in the Thursday evening session, which begins at 7:15 p.m.

Brown will face Cole Mattek (24-15) of Sheboygan Falls, while Pooler will take on Reid Koening (33-7) of Prairie du Chen.

TIGER TALES: As a freshman, Brown advanced to the Division 3 state tournament at 106 pounds for Bayfield/Washburn. Brown won his first match at state, but then lost to Stratford's Manny Drexler, who went on to finish in second place. Brown won his next match in the wrestle backs, but then lost to Dane Klinger of Marathon.

 

WIAA D2 Sectional

at Neillsville

Team Scores

1 Ellsworth, 144.5; 2. Medford, 92; 3. Amery, 77; 4. Spooner/Webster, 57; 5. Baldwin-Woodville, 47.5; 6. Spencer/Columbus Cath., 46; 7. Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren, 37; 8. Neillsville/Greenw./Loyal, 35; 8. Prescott, 35; 10. Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Wittenberg, 34; 11. Abbotsford/Colby, 33; 11. Northwestern, 33; 13. Bloomer/Colfax, 28; 14. Barron, 27.5; 15. Rice Lake, 23; 16. St. Croix Central , 20; 17. Chetek-Wey./Prairie Farm, 19; 17. Osseo-Fairchild/Aug./Fall Creek, 19; 19. Ashland, 15; 19. Osceola, 15; 21. Somerset, 8; 22. Black River Falls/Lincoln, 7; 23. Hayward/Northwood, 0; 23. Regis/Altoona, 0.

 

Northwestern’s Results

106 - Logan Trautt (31-12), fourth place with 5 points: pinned by Blaine Brenner (Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Wit.), 1:19; def. Drew Willeman (Osceola), 4-3; lost to Nolan Johnson (Luck/Frederic/Grant./Siren), 6-2.

113 - Markus Brown (34-3), second place with 14 points: def. Thomas Oswald (Osceola), 7-2; def. Treyton Ackman (Spencer/Columbus Cath.), 10-4; lost in first-place match to Taedon Nichols (Luck/Frederic/Grant./Siren), 11-3; and won by rule over Ackman.

126 - Braden Trautt (30-10): pinned by Eric Rehbein (Medford), 5:50.

145 - Zach Pooler (32-10), third place with 14 points: won 11-3 MD over Logan Ruesch (Abbotsford/Colby); lost 14-1 MD to Jared Lansing (Ellsworth), 14-1; won 10-0 MD over Aaron Schmidt (Osceola); pinned Isaak Livingston (Ashland), 0:51; and lost by rule to Lansing.

220 - Isaiah Huray (18-12): pinned by Jake Rau (Medford).

285 - Trent Orlowski (28-15): pinned by Jacob Konvicka (Chetek-Wey./Pr. F.), 2:35.