Prep wrestling: Superior's Krueger making second trek to state
The junior is returning to the Kohl Center for the first time since 2020.
SUPERIOR — Superior junior Connor Krueger will make his second trek to the Kohl Center in Madison on Wednesday to compete in the 126-pound weight class of the WIAA state wrestling tournament. This time around he’s already a lot more relaxed, after going as a freshman in 2020.
“I feel a lot better about going down there this time, I’m not a little freshman under the bright lights. I know what to expect,” Krueger said at practice on Tuesday.
Krueger will take his 28-1 record onto the mat Thursday afternoon when he faces off against Sullivan Romas, a freshman from Kenosha Indian Trail, who has a record of 37-10.
“He’s wrestling the best he ever has,” said Spartan head wrestling coach Bob Coleman. “The last few weeks he’s been real tough.”
Krueger and Coleman have set some high goals, but are hopeful about achieving them.
“Our goal is to be on the podium (top 6),” Coleman said. “We know it's going to be a chore.”
If Krueger makes it far enough into the bracket, he could run into Stoughton’s Nicolar Rivera, a two-time state champion who finished second in the 132-pound class last season. Rivera is currently 49-0 this season.
“I’m looking to have fun, I just want to enjoy the moment,” Krueger said.