Tigers win regional crown, send 8 wrestlers to sectionals
The Northwestern High School wrestling team was a double winner when it hosted the WIAA Division 2 Regional Tournament on Saturday.
The Tigers finished in first place as a team and earned the right to compete in the Division 2 Team Sectional at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Hayward.
The semifinal matches at 6 p.m. are Northwestern vs. Spencer/Columbus Catholic and Somerset vs. Ellsworth with the winners meeting at 8 p.m.
The winner advances to the state team tournament March 3 in Madison.
The Tigers also had eight individuals advance to Saturday’s sectional in Amery.
First-place finishers for Northwestern were Tjay Ziebarth (120 pounds); Calen Kirkpatrick (138); Donny Pooler (170); and Morgan Berggren (285).
Ziebarth improved to 17-12 with a pin of Ashland’s Darren Tippett and a 15-3 win over Jayden Windsor of Hayward/Northwood; Kirkpatrick (27-5) received a pair of byes before pinning Tim Coyne (Hayward/North); Pooler (18-3) also received two pins then pinned Barron’s Tony Candler and defeated Rice Lake’s Callub Paulson, 3-2; and Berggren (25-4) pinned Barron’s McCade Miller and Ashland’s Brennan Corbine.
Finishing in second place for the Tigers were Braden Trautt (113); Brody Burke (132); Zach Pooler (145); and Andrew Hanson (182).
The top three finishers at Saturday’s sectional meet will advance to the state tournament Feb. 22-23 in Madison.
WIAA Division 2 Regional
Saturday at Northwestern (Maple)
- Northwestern, 224; 2. Barron, 189.5; 3. Ashland, 151.5; 4. Hayward/Northwood, 129.5; 5. Spooner/Webster, 124; 6. Rice Lake, 84.5.
106 — Abby Nelson (10-11), fourth place: received a bye; pinned by Alex Cox (Barron), 0:57; lost to Jacob Sirek (RL), MD 10-2.
113 — Braden Trautt (23-10), second place: received a bye; pinned Konrad Sonnenberg (RL), 1:16; lost to Erik Gerovac (A), 11-6; won by rule over Sonnenberg.
120 — Tjay Ziebarth (17-12), first place: received a bye; pinned Darren Tippett (A), 3:24; def. Jayden Windsor (H/N), 15-3.
132 -- Brody Burke (13-12), second place: received a bye; won by tech fall over Austin Bauer (S/W), 17-2; pinned by Jackson Massie (B), 1:34; won by rule over Bauer.
138 — Calen Kirkpatrick (27-5), first place: received a bye; received a bye; pinned Tim Coyne (H/N), 5:39.
145 — Zach Pooler (22-5), second place: received a bye; pinned Willy Bearskin (A), 1:42; lost to Tristan Massie (B), 6-1; won by rule over Bearskin.
160 — Luke Gregerson (15-11), third place: received a bye; pinned by Chase Melton (S/W), 1:39; won by injury default over George Bestman (H/N), 1:56; lost by rule to Melton.
170 — Donny Pooler (18-3), first place: received a bye; pinned Tony Candler (B), 1:48; def. Callub Paulson (RL), 3-2.
182 — Andrew Hanson (24-9), second place: received a bye; won by tech fall over Ervin Kraft (B), 16-1; lost to Sam Melton (S/W), 9-3; won by rule over Kraft.
195 — Alex Goodlet (3-7), third place: received a bye; pinned by Zach Miller (B), 1:15; received a bye; lost by rule to Miller.
220 — Isaiah Huray (14-17), third place: pinned Carl Mueller (H/N), 0:34; pinned by Joshua Carroll (S/W), 2:52; pinned Mat Janssen (B), 4:58; pinned by Mason Schelvan (A), 1:16.
285 — Morgan Berggren (25-4), first place: received a bye; pinned McCade Miller (B), 1:17; pinned Brennan Corbine (A), 3:46.