MADISON — The Wisconsin Dells wrestling team had its hands full Saturday, competing in the Badger State Invitational.
Filled with a number of ranked teams and individuals, the Chiefs boys and girls held their own at the 25-team event held at the Alliant Energy Center.
Despite having just two competitors, the Lady Chiefs finished in the top three as senior Tess Jisa and junior Elizah Leonard combined to score 26 points and finish tied for third. Leonard posted the top finish of the day taking third at 120 pounds.
After opening with a pin over Random Lake’s Elizah Leonard in the quarterfinals, Leonard fell to Reedsburg’s Caylee Fry, 7-4, in the semis. Looking to bounce back, Leonard did just that as she pinned Holmen’s Amelia LaFleur in 1 minute, 21 seconds to bring home the bronze.
Along with Loenard, Jisa started her day off with a bang as she pinned Holmen’s Gwenny Burrows in 2:56 in her quarterfinal match at 160 pounds.
She wasn’t able to get back into the win column however, suffering pins against Clintonville/Marion’s Tabitha Breitrick and Holmen’s Mykalia Olson to settle for fourth.
On the boys side, Wisconsin Dells had four top-8 finishers as it scored 58 points to finish 18th overall. The Chiefs finished just three ahead of Fort Atkinson and 19 behind 17th place Iowa-Grant/Highland (72).Stoughton took home the team title, scoring a tournament-high 262 points.
Leading the way for the Chiefs was Kevin Coughlin, as the senior finished in sixth place at 285 pounds. Coughlin got off to a great start as he rolled to a pin over Harford’s Yasmin Garcia in 27 seconds. In the quarterfinals, he wasn’t as fortunate as he came out on the short end of a 5-2 decision against Stoughton’s Tony Hohol.
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Coughlin bounced back from the loss with pin over Delafield St. John’s/Brookfield Academy’s Josh Layton before falling to Fennimore’s Brayden Leffler, 7-0, to settle for sixth. Along with Coughlin, the duo of juniors Marty Koenig and Billy Dethloff took seventh at 145 and 152 pounds.
Koenig opened his day with a 9-4 decision over Lodi’s Zach Potter before running into a tough draw against St. John’s/Brookfield Academy’s Aidan Medora. The defending 132-pound Division 2 state champion was too much however, as Koenig dropped an 18-5 major decision.
Following the loss to Medora, Koenig fell 11-2 to West Salem/Bangor’s Aaron Bahr, but he was able to end the day on a high note. Koenig closed things out with a 12-1 major decision win over Weyauwega-Fremont’s Ean Marker to finish seventh.
Dethloff got off to a strong start as he earned a pin over Delavan-Darien’s Giovany Gonzalez in 3 minutes, 56 seconds. Like Koenig, he had a difficult quarterfinal draw, going up against Fennimore’s Trevor Wanek.
Wanek, ranked No. 4 in the latest WIWrestling.com Div. 3 rankings, was too much for Dethloff, as the Chiefs junior was pinned in 4:48. Dethloff suffered a second-straight loss with a 7-0 decision against Wauankee’s Ty Miller, but was able to close his day out with a 4-3 win over Evansville/Albany’s Patrick Crull.
Rounding out the top-8 finishers was senior Hunter Stenson, who finished eighth at 182. Stenson opened with a convincing pin over Brookfield East’s Nate O’Connell in 2:57. He was unable to follow that up however, losing his next three straight matches to settle for eighth.
Along with the medalists, sophomore Aaron Huff went 1-1 at 220 pounds behind a pin over Mineral Point’s Mason Horn.
BADGER STATE INVITATIONAL
Team scores: Stoughton 262, Fennimore 218, Waunakee 194.5, Weyauwega-Fremont 141, Mineral Point 137.5, River Valley 113.5, Viroqua 111.5, Lake Geneva Badger 107, Hartford Union 105, Neenah 96, Elkhorn 94.5, Lodi 92, West Salem/Bangor 83.5, Brookfield East 79.6, Darlington/Black Hawk 79, Evansville/Albany 76, Iowa-Grant/Highland 72, Wisconsin Dells 53, Fort Atkinson 50, Waukesha Catholic Memorial 47, Delavan-Darien 38, Delavield St. John’s/Brookfield Academy 39, Wales Kettle Moraine 18, Cambridge 7.5. At Alliant Energy Center.
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