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Ryan Knight at State

Calen Kirkpatrick of Northwestern pinned Westby's Ryan Knight (right) in state wrestling quarterfinal action on Feb. 22.

Westby’s Ryan Knight earned a trip to the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament in Madison in Division 2 at 138 pounds. Knight earned a state berth placing third at the Richland Center Sectional on Feb. 17. The top three winners in each weight class advanced to State.

At Sectionals, Knight faced Traeton Saint of Prairie Du Chien in the wrestle back for second and third place, with Saint (49-4) picking up the win. Knight advanced to state in third place.

Seeded 11th for State, Knight’s time on the wrestling mat at the Kohl Center was short after he was eliminated by Northwestern senior, Calen Kirkpatrick (32-6) in the quarterfinals. Seeded sixth, Kirkpatrick pinned Knight at the 4:57 mark in the second period.

Knight put up a valiant battle to stay alive, but couldn’t hold on long enough to avoid the pinning combination. A junior, Knight finished his season with a record of 36-13.

Westby Head Coach Rob Kirner said earning a trip to state is something no athlete ever forgets and Ryan should be proud of his accomplishment.

“Westby has a longstanding tradition of developing quality wrestlers. I’m proud of all of our wrestling family and am looking forward to next season,” Kirner said.

Division 2 Viroqua advanced four wrestlers to state with two Sectional Champions and a pair of runner-ups. Crowned sectional champions were Cale Anderson (106) and Justin Frye (113), while the Hannah brothers, Ryan (145) and Tyler (170) both placed second at Sectionals to advance to the state tournament.

The Hannah brothers both survived the quarterfinals on Thursday night advancing to the semifinals on Friday, Feb. 23. Anderson and Frye entered as Sectional champions and did not compete until Friday.

By the end of the tournament, Tyler and Ryan Hannah, along with Anderson finished third, while Frye did not make the podium.

Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka had six state qualifiers with Traeton Saint (138) Nick Rogge (160) and Stephen Ronnfeldt (195) all bringing home the silver in the championship bout. Matt Rogge (106), Blake Garcia (145) and Colten Wall (220) all bowed out in the quarterfinals

Division 3 Cashton advanced one wrestler, Tristin Grant (138) in Division 3. Grant bowed out in the quarterfinals.

Brookwood sent two grapplers to State. Ben DeWitt (160) was defeated in quarterfinal action and Trey Kaiser (195) placed fourth at state.

Congratulations to all area wrestlers on their seasons.

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Westby Times editor

Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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