The Portage Youth Wrestling Club will be well represented at the 2013 Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Kids Folkstyle State Tournament, which will take place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.
Portage qualified 10 individuals from regional tournaments to the state competition. Among the Portage wrestlers to qualify for the state tournament as regional champions are Chase Beckett (51 pounds), Riley Hibner (54 pounds), Jessie Tijerina (69 pounds), Cole Gray (81 pounds) and Ayden Klafke (90 pounds). Portage’s state qualifiers who finished second at regionals include Jaden Kikkert (63 pounds), Jesse Graveline (73 pounds), Kenny Georgeson (105 pounds, Dylan Golke (105 pounds) and Pierson White (160 pounds).
This will be the first appearance at the state meet for Hibner, Graveline, Gray and Georgeson. Qualifying for the state tournament for a second time are Beckett, Kikkert, Tijerina and Golke, while both Klafke and White are making their third state appearance.