Pewaukee came away with an impressive 5th place finish at Badger State this past weekend. Considered to be one of the toughest tournaments of the year in Wisconsin, Pewaukee came into the tournament with the disadvantage of only bringing 9 of a possible 14 wrestlers. Every team that placed ahead of them fielded a full 14 man team minus Mineral Point who brought 13.
Jacob Raschka continued his dominate season by pinning his way to a 1st place finish. Raschka was expecting to meet Waunakee’s returning State Finalist senior Trevor Statz in the championship match, but Statz was defeated by undefeated third seed German Fitzgerald, another state qualifier. Jacob looked invincible once again as he scored one impressive takedown after another before notching the pin in 3:47.
Blaze Beltran continued his undefeated season as well with a tough fought 5-4 double overtime win in the finals. He was facing the top ranked wrestler in division 2, Wisconsin Lutheran's Quinten Reed.
Perhaps the biggest win for the pirates was a 1st place finish for Junior Brandon Berg. He pinned his way into the semi-finals where he fought a tough match against Darlington-Blackhawk's Conrad Blosch. He came away with the victory on a clutch 3rd period takedown. Then, Brandon dominated his title match against Sam Horn of Eden Prairie, Illinois with another 5-1 victory.
Pewaukee wrestlers Austin Shibilski and Eric Halverson also came away with impressive 4th place finishes. Both wrestlers faced top tier opponents in their brackets and battled tough the whole tournament.
Shibilski, weighing 185 but wrestling 220, lost a 5-3 semifinal match to eventual champion and two-time state medalist Bryce Roberts. He then lost a 1-0 match to West Salem-Bangor’s Aaron Broer, who is now 14-2.
Halverson wrestled a solid 7-1 match against Two Rivers senior Paul Bianchi. Bianchi is ranked, pound-for-pound, as the #3 wrestler in Wisconsin. He already has two state titles, has won a national championship and is made the World Team. Eric then nearly pulled off an upset in his next match against River Valley’s Justin Hatfield, the #4 ranked 126-pound wrestler in Division 2. Eric lost, 2-0, on a controversial call. Last weekend, Hatfield pinned Halverson.
Other placewinners were freshman Nick Starich who took sixth at 120 and sophomore Jacob Sklenar who took eighth at 160.