G/M wrestlers edge Ellsworth in regional

Justin Gappa of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro worked to secure a pin against Ty Schlesser of Arcadia during the Arcadia regional on Saturday.  (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

Eight first-place finishes led the way for a complete team effort as the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro wrestling co-op took first in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division Two Regional in Arcadia on Saturday.

The Titans tallied 274.5 points, just eclipsing Ellsworth’s 269 and finishing well ahead of the rest of the field that included West Salem/Bangor at 186, Prescott’s 104.5, Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek’s 96, Black River Falls’ 75 and Arcadia’s 56. Ellsworth had been the state runner-up in Division Two the last two years as a team.

Team sectional competition took place on Tuesday in Baldwin-Woodville, while individual sectional bouts will take place on Saturday in Osceola.

Arcadia Regional

Ten Titans finished in the top two placements to lead G/M to sectional competition as a team, while also qualifying themselves as individuals. Ellsworth and G/M wrestlers were on a crash course across several classes, as the Titans went 5-2 in championship matches between the two programs.

Among the first-place finishers was Carson Koss (106), who won his semifinal match by pin over Nick Ziegler of W/B before pinning Cale Ekholm of Ellsworth in the championship match. Tanner Andersen (113) also finished first, winning 12-0 over Ryan Pederson of Prescott in the semifinal before taking a 9-1 win over Bradyn Glasspoole of W/B.

Bryce Blaken (145) won his class as well with an 18-1 win over Andy Johnson of W/B to reach the championship before topping Braden Matzek of Ellsworth to win it. Jaden Anderson (160) pinned Luis Ortiz of Arcadia in the semifinal before winning his championship round over Eli Rohl of Ellsworth. Hunter Andersen (170) pinned Jacob Blackdeer of BRF before winning 6-1 over Ryan Matzek of Ellsworth in the championship.

Jacob Summers (182) topped Silas Cleveland of BRF by pin before taking a 4-2 sudden victory over Bret Kostka of O/A/F. Bryce Burns (195) took a pin over Cameron Sidie of W/B before winning his class 11-3 over Luke Fischer of O/A/F. The final champion of their class for G/M was Trevor Daffinson (285), who earned a pin of Shawn Thomason of Prescott before pinning Logan Peterson of Ellsworth.

Also qualifying as individuals and contributing to the sectional-qualifying score for G/M were two second place finishers, including Sam Johnson (138) and Daniel Slattery (152). Johnson won 6-4 over Adam Rogge of W/B before falling 8-0 in the championship match. He earned second with a no contest over Rogge. Slattery won 5-2 over Isaiah Tulip of Prescott before falling 17-8 in the championship and taking second in another no contest over Tulip.

Two Titans narrowly missed the cut in their class to qualify as individuals for sectional competition, including Randon Rommel (126) and Justin Gappa (220). Rommell won by pin over Shane Butler of Prescott before falling by pin in the semifinal round. He took a 6-5 win in the third place match over Jack Voelker of Ellsworth before falling 10-7 in the second place match. Gappa pinned Ty Schlesser of Arcadia before falling by pin in the semifinal. He topped Hunter Anderson of W/B by pin in the third place match before losing 16-5 in the second place match. G/M also wrestled in the 120 and 132 classes, but neither wrestler advanced as each finished fifth.

Arcadia was led by Hunter Fitzpatrick (106), who just missed the sectional cutoff as he finished third. He took a pin over Megan Wiesender of BRF before falling by pin in the semifinal. His third place win came 6-2 over Nick Ziegler of W/B. Four Raiders finished fourth, including Hector Hernandez (120), John Reyes (138), Cruz Patzner (152) and Luis Ortiz (160). Hernandez tallied a quarterfinal win of 5-3 over G/M’s David Hiles before falling by pin in his semifinal and third place bouts. Reyes pinned Dustin Sudbrink of O/A/F before falling by pin in his next two matches. Patzner won 5-4 over Hayden Lyga of W/B before falling by pin in his next two contests as well, and Ortiz received a bye before losing his two matches by pin. Arcadia also earned sixth place nods in the 195 and 220 classes, while also competing at 145 and earning no wins.


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