Moegenburg 2nd at state, but sophomore not done

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School sophomore Chad Moegenburg, right, tries to find an opening for a takedown in his WIAA Division 3 state championship match against Coleman’s Koltin Grzybowski. Moegenburg dropped a 16-6 major decision to Grzybowski to finish second in the 113-pound weight class.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Wrestlers earning medals in the 113-pound weight class at the WIAA Division 3 state wrestling tournament Saturday included, from left, Walker Retz, Boyceville, fourth; Chad Moegenburg, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, second; Koltin Grzybowski, Coleman, first; and Mason Lull, Fennimore, third.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School sophomore Chad Moegenburg landed on the podium with a second-place finish at the WIAA Division 3 state wrestling tournament Saturday in Madison.

Moegenburg, making his first trip to state, lost the championship match to defending state champion Koltin Grzybowski, of Coleman, at the Kohl Center.

“That was definitely very cool,” Moegenburg said. “It wasn’t my first big tournament, but that was the most packed arena I’ve ever wrestled in.”

Grzybowski also defeated Moegenburg in the sectional tournament the previous week.

Moegenburg won three matches to advance to the championship round. In the semifinal against Mason Lull, of Fennimore, he fell behind 5-0 before pinning Lull in 4 minutes, 47 seconds to secure a spot on the podium.


WIAA Boys Basketball Regional Results

Medford 60

Shawano 56

No. 9 Medford upset No. 8 Shawano on Tuesday in the WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal. The Hawks held a 22-17 halftime lead, but Medford opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers and went 9 for 10 from the line to tie Shawano for the first time with 7 minutes, 25 seconds left to play. Medford secured the lead for the rest of the matchup to clinch the upset.

Kaden Richards scored 21 points for Shawano and Alex Mueller added 10. Medford’s Cam Wenzel scored a game-high 27 points.

Medford travels to No. 1 Rhinelander for the regional semifinal on Friday.

Check and the Thursday edition of The Shawano Leader for the full story.

Bonduel 106

Menominee Indian 92


Bowler girls defeated in regional final

The Bowler girls basketball team ended its season with a 63-44 loss to Tri-County in the WIAA Division 5 regional final on Saturday.

Senior Reanne Kietlinski led the fouth-seeded Panthers with 24 points and eight rebounds. Kayla Pecore added nine points and Jodi Wolf had eight points and six rebounds.

“We struggled against a talented and senior-heavy Tri-County squad,” Bowler coach Ted Kietlinski said. “However, this loss to the No. 1 seed does not diminish any of our great accomplishments this season.”

The Panthers end the season 17-8 and clinched the Central Wisconsin Conference-North title for the first time in program history.

Reanne Kietlinski also set records, scoring 2,096 total points during her Bowler High School basketball career to become 13th in scoring in state history.


2 Bears land on state podium

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Jordan Boldt celebrates after winning the Division 3, 126-pound state championship in a 4-3 ultimate tiebreaker over Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss on Saturday at the WIAA state tournament.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School junior Jacob Giese receives his medal on the WIAA state podium after placing third in Division 3 at 195 pounds on Saturday.

Bonduel senior Jordan Boldt hoped he’d meet three-time state champion A.J. Schoenfuss in the WIAA state finals after defeating the Stratford senior at the Divison 3 sectional tournament a week earlier.

“I’d love for that to happen,” Boldt said ahead of the state tourney in Madison Thursday through Saturday. “I’d love to be able to take away his fourth title. That’d be a way to go out for sure.”

Boldt not only accomplished the feat to clinch the 126-pound title, but did so in an ultimate tiebreaker that captured the attention of a packed Kohl Center arena.

Boldt (44-4) heard the excitement from the crowd as he and Schoenfuss battled into the overtime periods, with Boldt ultimately riding out Schoenfuss in the final 30-second period for the 4-3 victory.


WIAA Girls Basketball Regional Semifinals

Marshfield 52

Shawano 40

No. 5-seeded Shawano ended its season with a 52-40 loss in the WIAA Divsion 2 regional semifinal to No. 3 Marshfield.

“The girls played hard tonight,” head coach Ryan Koenig said. “We had some defensive lapses that we couldn’t overcome. We were able to keep them within four points until about 12 minutes into the first half, but they started hitting threes and pulled ahead.”

The Hawks were down 15 points at the half and cut the deficit to eight points in the second, but couldn’t catch up to Marshfield.

“Every time we got close they would just get open and hit a shot,” Koenig said. “Our shooting percentage in the last two weeks has hurt us offensively, and we struggled with that in this game, too.”

Tori DePerry scored 23 points to lead the Hawks.


Tourtilott ends state run, hungry for the podium

Photo by Adam Bieber Shawano Community High School junior Sam Tourtilott was pinned by Oak Creek junior Nolan Paar (45-4) in 1 minute, 46 seconds in the wrestleback on Friday to end his run at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament in Madison.

Shawano’s Sam Tourtilott ended his state run with a loss in the wrestleback on Friday, but the junior is glad he got a taste of the WIAA Division 1 experience in Madison.

“It was a lot more exciting than I could have imagined,” Tourtilott said. “Seeing all those people excited for me and having my teammates there cheering me on was really awesome.

“The nerves were very high when I first got there, and then I started warming up and the nerves went away. But the excitement was there through the whole time.”

Tourtilott was pinned by Oak Creek junior Nolan Paar (45-4) in 1 minute, 46 seconds in the 170 pound wrestleback on Friday.


Boldt, Giese clinch spot on state podium

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.


Athlete of the Week: Sam Tourtilott

Contributed photo Shawano Community High School junior Sam Tourtilott, center, won the WIAA Division 1 sectional at 170 pounds on Feb. 17. Pictured with Tourtilott are head coach Mike Homen, right, and assistant coach Jordan Kust, left.

Athlete: Sam Tourtilott

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 170 pounds

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Junior

Sam Tourtilott advanced to WIAA Division 1 State after clinching the sectional championship at 170 pounds on Feb. 17 with three dominating wins. Tourtilott pinned his first two opponents in the first period and picked up a major decision in the championship match for the title. The junior, who competed his first sectional and state tourneys, ended his season at state in Madison Friday with a loss in the wrestleback, but is hungry to get on the podium next year.

Q Where did your interest in wrestling begin?

A When I saw my older cousins become state champs. Since then, I’ve wanted to be one.

Q What’s your favorite part about wrestling?

A Seeing all of the hard work pay off.

Q What was your first sectional experience like?

A Exciting and fun; it was cool to make all those memories.


Bears look ahead to playoffs after final season loss

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Wittenberg-Birnamwood senior Trevor Groshek drives past Bonduel’s Jared Wondra during the second half of the Chargers’ 60-34 victory on Thursday.

Bonduel came out strong with an all-senior starting five during Thursday’s senior night, but couldn’t bounce back after losing its early lead in a 60-34 loss against Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

“I’m disappointed for the seniors a little bit,” Bonduel head coach Duke Copp said. “I feel kind of bad that we couldn’t go out with a win on senior night. We shot ok, but we didn’t defend well. They got really hot and we just weren’t getting out like we were supposed to.”

The Bears took the lead at the start of the Central Wisconsin Conference-East contest with the help of three consecutive 3-pointers by Bryce Weier. Witt-Birn answered with three shots from beyond the arc and took a 13-11 lead on the final one by Trevor Groshek with just under 12 minutes in the first half.

The Chargers took off and ended the half up 41-19. The Bears held Witt-Birn to 19 second-half points, but missed open looks and scored just 15 points to seal the regular season finale loss.


Wildcats clinch CWC-North with perfect record

Contributed photo The Gresham boys basketball team is Central Wisconsin Conference-North champions with a perfect 12-0 conference record. The team includes, from left, top row, Nathaniel Juga, Waylon Welch, Justice Paiser, Drew Haffner, Todd Otradovec, Thomas Seidler and Jake Hoffman; bottom row, Bryce Bohl, Lyle Welch and Raven Bennett.

The Gresham boys clinched the Central Wisconsin Conference-North title after a victory over Northland Pines on Feb. 16. On Thursday, the Wildcats capped the dominating season with a perfect conference record after defeating Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 57-49.

Gresham finishes 12-0 in the conference (16-6 overall). The team had its eyes set on taking the title since the start of the season, but going undefeated in the conference was icing on the cake.

“We just wanted that title,” head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “The fact that they were able to round it out by going undefeated was just awesome.”

The Wildcats had to battle in the final game to achieve the goal. Down by three at the half, Gresham outshot WVL 30-19 in the final 18 minutes.


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