The Aquinas High School wrestling team will be busy this week, and that’s just the way coach Deke Stanek would like it.
The Blugolds advanced 12 from Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 Aquinas Regional to next weekend’s individual sectional at Mineral Point, Wis. They will also wrestle as a group against Riverdale in a team sectional semifinal at Fennimore, Wis., on Tuesday. The winner of that dual meets either top-ranked Fennimore or Pecatonica/Argyle immediately afterward to determine a team state qualifier.
Aquinas, which won the regional at the Reinhart Athletic Complex with 261 points, had six regional champs led by freshman Joe Penchi (27-2) at 120 pounds. Penchi pinned North Crawford/Seneca’s Beau Jelinek in 1 minute, 25 seconds for the title.
Jack Christenson (106, 14-10), Ian Kaczmarowski (152, 12-14), Riley Haag (170, 7-7), Noah DeGroot (195, 21-7) and Clay Berra (285, 8-15) also won championships for Aquinas.
De Soto had three champions in Aiden Brosinski (126, 29-4), Alex Scoville (138, 23-11) and Cezar Garcia (182, 21-11). Cashton’s Tristin Grant (20-11) won at 145.
ONTARIO — Brookwood’s Jadin Atha (19-8) won at 120 by defeating New Lisbon’s Dalton Lee (24-12) 10-5.
Jacob Green (113, 23-3), James Gjefle (145, 32-8) and Cameron Zimmerman (220, 13-19) also advanced to the Fennimore Sectional after placing second in their respective weight classes.
DURAND, Wis. — Four wrestlers won individual championships for Blair-Taylor, and two placed second to advance to sectionals.
Colton Lejcher (106, 23-9), John Hammes (120, 15-2), Matthew Betker (16-, 25-15) and Logan Shramek (170, 37-4) each won his weight class by pin for the Wildcats. Noah Shepherd (145, 27-14) and Isaac Payne (195, 20-12) placed second.
Black River Falls Regional
BLACK RIVER FALLS — Sean Johnson advanced to sectionals for Black River Falls after placing second at 195. Johnson (25-10) received a first-round bye, and then advanced to the championship match by defeating Medford’s Dalton Krug 7-3.
MAUSTON — Melrose-Mindoro/G-E-T won its regional with 265 points and is advancing 10 wrestlers to the Adams-Friendship sectional next weekend. West Salem/Bangor is advancing six wrestlers as Wesby has five. Viroqua has four and Arcadia one.
Mel.-Min./G-E-T’s Julian Purney (42-1) won at 126 after pinning Viroqua’s Lucas Oldham (30-12) with no time to spare in the second period. Viroqua received a championship at 106 from Cale Anderson (41-2) after he won a 6-2 decision from Mel.-Min./G-E-T’s Tanner Andersen (35-8). Josh Frye (113, 41-5) had another championship for Viroqua after defeating West Salem/Bangor’s Carlyle Lyga (29-13) 6-3.
West Salem/Bangor’s Aaron Bahr (41-4) won at 145, and teammate Dalton Schams (24-3) won at 138 in his return from an elbow injury.
Prairie du Chien Regional
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Prairie du Chien will take eight wrestlers to the Adams-Friendship Sectional next weekend. The Blackhawks also won their regional with 234 points.
Reid Koenig (30-6) won at 145 with a first-period pin over River Valley’s Devan Alt. Traeton Saint (138, 35-6), Bradyn Saint (152, 37-5) Colten Wall (220, 21-5) and Jerrod Osterkamp (285, 31-9) also won individual championships.
Hopkins (Minn.) 82, Aquinas 61
HOPKINS, Minn. — The Blugolds (19-1) had a 47-game winning streak snapped by the top-ranked team in Minnesota’s largest class.
Junior Lexi Donarski made two 3-pointers and scored 33 points for Aquinas, which last lost a regular-season game against Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Feb. 18, 2016, and won 63 in a row since. Courtney Becker added eight points and Jacy Weisbrod seven for the top-ranked Blugolds.
G-E-T 75, Altoona 35
GALESVILLE — Lexi Wagner had 15 points to lead four double-figure scorers for the fifth-ranked Red Hawks (18-1) in their 18th straight win. Lindsey Lettner made four 3-pointers and added 14 points.
Onalaska Luther 59, Mauston 20
ONALASKA — Kaitlyn Kennedy had 15 points, four rebounds and four steals in a game the Knights (8-12) led 35-6 by halftime.
Cashton 59, Viroqua 28
CASHTON — Olivia Hemmersbach had 22 points for Cashton as it turned a 15-point halftime lead into a 31-point win. Katelyn Schmitz (10) also landed in double figures for the Eagles.
Melrose-Mindoro 54, Eleva-Strum 36
MELROSE — Senior Katie Christopherson made two 3-pointers and had 17 points to lead the third-ranked Mustangs (18-1), who outscored Eleva-Strum by 20 points in the second half.
Junior Mesa Byom added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Emily Herzberg 13 points and six rebounds for Melrose-Mindoro.
Ridge and Valley
De Soto 45, Weston 44
DE SOTO — The Pirates (2-17, 2-9) got by the Silver Eagles for their second win of the season. Jenna Gianoli scored 13 points and Brooke Lockington 10 for De Soto.
Westby 53, Arcadia 27
ARCADIA — After being ahead by just four points at one point during the second half, Westby slid into its rhythm to nearly double-up the Raiders.
Griffin Grass led the Norsemen with 16 points, which included four 3s. Ryan Daines had 10 points, all of which came in the first half.
Arcadia (2-14) was led by Trace Bjorge with eight points.
Blair-Taylor 77, Alma/Pepin 31
BLAIR — Logan Smith led three Wildcats in double figures with 16 points as seventh-ranked Blair-Taylor (16-1, 8-1) rolled past Alma/Pepin (1-15, 0-9). Matt Waldera (12) and Nick Shepherd (11) also scored in double figures for the Wildcats, who had 11 players score.
Ridge and Valley
De Soto 67, Weston 15
DE SOTO — Brock Venner scored 22 points for the Pirates (12-4), and Riggin Beck chipped in with 12. Carter Steiger also had 11 points for De Soto.
Eau Claire North 72, Holmen 58
HOLMEN — The Vikings (7-9) had two double-figure scorers as they fell to the Huskies. Jacob Clements led the team with 14 points, and Jimmy Gillespie had 11.
Eau Claire Memorial 76, Logan 58
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — An 18-point halftime hole was too much for the Rangers (7-11) to recover from on the road.
Calvin Mavin scored a game-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers, and Maguire Werner added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Cashton 56, North Crawford 45
SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. — Kristt Hilden had 24 points for the Eagles as they earned a win on the road. Hilden a 13-point second half and made four of five free throws.
Prairie du Chien 58, Decorah 55
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — The Blackhawks got 19 points from Mason Kramer and 14 from Mark Welter to hang onto a lead in the second half.
Hunter Davis added eight for Prairie du Chien (15-2).
WIAA Division 1 sectional
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. — Holmen’s co-op, which also includes Onalaska and Aquinas, finished sixth out of 10 teams with 160½ points, and William Ranis was third in the 100-yard backstroke (59.28 seconds). The 200 medley (1:45.71) and 400 freestyle (3:26.38) relays placed fifth.
The Logan co-op placed 10th with 60 points.