MADISON — It wasn’t as big as a past victory over the same opponent, but Viroqua High School senior Ryan Hannah gave his wrestling season a bump Saturday by using a last-second takedown to win a championship in the Badger State meet at the Alliant Energy Center.
Hannah (13-0) scored a takedown of Evansville/Albany’s Nolan Kicmol in the closing seconds of their 145-pound title match to walk away with a 6-5 victory and win the Blackhawks’ second individual championship of the day.
Freshman Cale Anderson (18-0) started the finals with a 6-4 victory over Kenosha Bradford’s Santiago Castillo at 106. Anderson, ranked third in Division 2 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online, won his first three matches by pin.
Hannah beat Kicmol to win a WIAA Division 2 132-pound championship as a sophomore. Hannah, ranked first this season, won that match 5-2 and set up the rematch with two pins and a technical fall. Kicmol (17-1), ranked second, entered the title match after pinning three opponents.
Sophomore Tyler Hannah (16-1) added a third-place finish for Viroqua, which placed ninth out of 23 teams with a score of 120½. Sophomore Josh Frye (16-2) added a seventh-place finish at 113. Tyler Hannah lost a 13-5 decision to Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Max Maylor (18-1) in the semifinals at 170 before winning his placement match by major decision.
West Salem/Bangor finished 13th with a score of 84½ and had three wrestlers finish among the top seven.
Juniors Dalton Schams and Aaron Bahr advanced to the finals before falling and settling for second-place finishes. Schams (7-1) was pinned by River Valley’s Zach Licht (18-0) at 132, and Bahr (12-1) lost a 13-6 championship decision to St. John’s Military Academy’s Aidan Medora (15-0) after pinning his first three opponents.
Caiden Buehler (7-4) posted a seventh-place finish at 126.