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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.


Assistant Sports Editor

Todd Sommerfeldt has covered sports for the La Crosse Tribune since 2003 after doing the same previously in the Fox Cities and Rock County.