Schwartz, Polomis Win for Denmark, Area Notes

 

Thursday: Day One Review

Denmark’s Ethan Schwartz, Ryan Polomis, and Gabe Wertel all kicked off their state tournament runs Thursday night from the Kohl Center. All first-time qualifiers for Denmark, they were determined to make an impact.

Schwartz led things off, winning from behind against junior Taylor Heltemes of Campbellsport, 4-2. Schwartz will kick off day two against reigning state champion Sam Stuhl of Ellsworth, who is 38-1 this season.

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Ryan Polomis wrestled roughly an hour after Schwartz, taking on the seventh ranked 182-pound wrestler, Ben Turner of Stanley-Boyd. The two seniors went head-to-head, with Turner controlling the first period and a half.

That’s when fatigue set in.

Polomis quickly took the lead and held it for the entirety of the third period, upsetting Turner, 8-5.

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Wertel immediately followed Polomis up, taking on Alec Davis of Grafton. Davis, now 41-7, took control early and didn’t look back. Come the third period, Wertel began to fight back, but couldn’t quite get as close as necessary. Wertel took the loss, 6-2. The sophomore ended a promising campaign with a record of 28-12.

AREA NOTES:

Luxemburg-Casco qualified the most number of wrestlers in division two with eight. Seven of those eight wrestlers lived on to wrestle in Friday’s quarterfinals.

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Wrightstown freshman Kaiden Koltz won his match on Thursday night

Of the five wrestlers that qualified for Mishicot, two had byes on Thursday. Senior Sawyer Young was the only one of the three Indians that won on Thursday, but will join two teammates in Friday’s D3 quarterfinals.

Wrightstown and Kewaunee each have all three of their state qualifiers alive heading into Friday. Kaiden Koltz and Matthew Maitland each won on Thursday night for the Tigers, while Travis Reinke, the lone Storm to wrestle Thursday, won his match, 4-2.

Here are the qualifying area wrestlers and Thursday’s area matches.

Friday: Day Two Preview

Denmark senior Josh Frerk is a three-time qualifier and the top ranked heavyweight in division two. At 41-1, Frerk’s only loss comes at the hands of Kaukauna’s Keaton Kleauver, who is the defending state champion in division one. Frerk won his sectional bracket, so he was given Thursday off.

Frerk will take on the only other one-loss heavyweight, Kelly Paulsen of Saint Lawerence Seminary, who is 21-1 this year, in the quarterfinal match early Friday afternoon.

Earlier this season, Frerk beat the second ranked heavyweight, Logan Zschernitz of Spencer-Columbus, via major decision. Zschernitz beat Frerk twice at state last season. The two heavyweight powerhouses will likely go face-to-face for a final time in Friday night’s semifinal match, assuming they both win in the quarterfinals.

19 of 24 qualifying wrestlers from Denmark, Luxemburg-Casco, Wrightstown, Mishicot, and Kewaunee will wrestle on Friday.

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