Boldt, Giese clinch spot on state podium

Chargers’ Moegenburg advances to championship

Photo by Adam Bieber Bonduel High School senior Jordan Boldt advances to the WIAA Division 3 championship at 126 pounds after defeating Fennimore sophomore Aidan Nutter by 5-2 decision in the semifinal round on Friday.

Three-time state qualifier Jordan Boldt is having a dominating final run in Madison at the WIAA Division 3 state tournament.

The Bonduel senior will be wrestling for the 126-pound title in the championship on Saturday after defeating Fennimore sophomore Aidan Nutter (38-9) by a 5-2 decision in the semifinal on Friday.

To make Boldt’s (43-4) final match even sweeter, he’ll be facing three-time state champion, A.J. Schoenfuss (45-4), of Stratford, whom he defeated for the sectional title last weekend.

“This final round is really going to be fun to watch,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “Schoenfuss is a great wrestler, and he’s going for his fourth state title, and Jordan is at his best right now. Jordan’s hungry, determined and confident. So this will be a very tough and exciting match.”

Boldt dominated Caden Calabrese (44-10), of Christian Life, Friday morning by a 13-6 decision to advance to the semifinal.

Bonduel junior Jacob Giese (195 pounds) guaranteed his spot on the podium with a quarterfinal win on Friday against Caleb Johnson (45-4), of Riverdale. Giese pinned Johnson in 5 minutes, 54 seconds to advance to the semifinal round.

Giese dropped a 12-3 major decision in the semifinal to undefeated senior Garrett Joles (41-0), of Boyceville, who is ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class and is the defending state champion.

“Giese wrestled hard, but going up against a wrestler like Joles, he just couldn’t stop the takedown,” Rank said. “(Joles) is extremely physical and lives up to his ranking.

“Overall, the outcome was kind of what we predicted for the two matches, so we’re happy with the results. They’re both getting on the podium and that was their goals going into the tournament. I’m very proud of those two young men.”

Freshman Isaac Banker (41-9) ended his state run with a 3-0 loss to Edgar junior Brock Handrick (32-11) in the 170-pound wrestleback Friday.

“We couldn’t get Isaac to the podium this year, and he was disappointed about that, but he’s already studying his video and learning the corrections he needs to make for next year. He’s hungry to get on the podium,” Rank said.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood sophomore Chad Moegenburg also clinched his spot on the podium at 113 pounds after defeating Walker Retz, of Boyceville, by 3-2 decision in the semifinal. Moegenburg (44-8) will face Coleman’s Koltin Grzybowski (44-2) in the championship match Saturday.