The Northwestern High School wrestling team finished first in the WIAA Division 2 Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Ashland.
The Tigers finished with 248.5 points, well ahead of Ashland’s 210.5 points, for the right to compete in the D2 team sectional on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Baldwin-Woodville. Also in the team event are the host Blackhawks, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau and Medford Area.
The top team advances to the WIAA State Team Tournament March 6-7 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Northwestern also had 10 individuals advance to the individual sectional tournament, including five first-place finishers and five second-place finishers.
Finishing in first place were Logan Trautt (113), Camren Benesch (120), Markus Brown (126), Braden Trautt (132) and Tanner Kaufman (138). Second-place finishers were Tommy Brown (106), Tjay Ziebaerth (145), Isaac Nichols (182), Shane Schiff (195) and Brenne Werner (220).
The individual sectional is at Osceola on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the 77th annual WIAA State Tournament Feb. 27-29 at the Kohl Center.
WIAA D2 Wrestling Regional — Ashland
1. Northwestern, 248.5; 2. Ashland, 210.5; 3. Barron, 164.5; 4. Spooner/Webster, 147; 5. Rice Lake, 103; 6. Hayward/Northwood, 96.
106 pounds — Tommy Brown (32-6), second place: received a bye; pinned Hunter Christner (S/W), 1:52; lost MD to Carter Schulz (RL), 10-2; pinned Devon Osborn (B), 1:46.
113 — Logan Trautt (32-7), first place: received a bye; pinned Noah Christianson (H/N), 2:13; pinned Wyatt Dimich (A), 3:17)
120 — Camren Benesch (21-10), first place: received a bye; def. Lorenzo Meza (B), pinned Alex Daniels (S/W), 2:49.
126 — Markus Brown (36-2), first place: received a bye; pinned Cole Hanson (B), 1:54; won MD over Austin Defoe (A), 11-3.
132 — Braden Trautt (28-10), first place: received a bye; won by tech fall over Mason Ecklor (B), 15-0; pinned Jayden Windsor (H/N), 3:05.
138 — Tanner Kaufman (31-7), first place: received a bye; pinned Alex Martinez (B), 0:37; def. Isaak Livingston (A), 9-3.
145 — Tjay Ziebaerth (21-18), second place: received a bye; def. Brody Jepson (S/W), 3-1; pinned by Jared Stricker (A), 2:09; won by no contest over Jepson.
152 — Jesse Larson (19-18), third place: pinned Zachary Fisher (RL), 2:58; lost MD to Brandon Meister (S/W), 10-0; def. Joe Mashak (B), 7-5; pinned by Aaron Diamond (A), 3:20.
160 — Mark Jarman (4-12), fourth place: received a bye, pinned by Willy Bearskin (A), 0:33; pinned by Ethan Melton (S/W), 3:11.
170 — Landon Conners (8-13), fifth place: pinned by Austin Bladow (B), 3:47; received a bye; received a bye.
182 — Isaac Nichols (15-4), second place: received a bye; received a bye; lost to Carter Melton (S/W), 4-1; won by no contest.
195 — Shane Schiff (20-15), second place: received a bye; def. Isaac Pearce (A), 8-5; pinned by Calvin Mansheim (H/N), 2:14; won by no contest over Pearce.
220 — Brennen Werner (24-10), second place: received a bye; lost to Kayden Warren (RL), 5-3; pinned Jacob Morgan (H/N), 1:52; pinned David Granados (A), 1:05.
285 — Trent Orlowski (22-16), fourth place: pinned Ian Connell (H/N), 0:17; lost to Justin Weiss (A), 4-2; pinned by William Weise (B), 2:44.