LANCASTER - There wasn’t much suspense in last Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 Lancaster Team Sectional.
After emerging from the loaded Darlington Regional, which featured the likes of SWC champion Lancaster and SWAL rival Mineral Point, three days earlier, last week’s team sectional was no sweat for the Iowa-Grant Panthers.
I-G dominated both Riverdale and Cashton to win the sectional title and earn a berth in the WIAA D3 Team State Tournament in Madison on March 5.
The Panthers (11-0 in duals) will face defending Division 3 team state champion Coleman (9-1) in one D3 semifinal at the UW Fieldhouse at 1 p.m. Coleman qualified 11 wrestlers for this weekend’s individual state tournament compared to seven for Iowa-Grant.
Spring Valley/Elmwood will face Random Lake in the other semifinal. The D3 championship will be held at 6 p.m later that night.
I-G received four forfeits in its semifinal match against Riverdale and cruised to a 66-10 victory over Riverdale.
In the sectional final Logan Bollant (170), Blake Welu (182), Cody Rider (195), Ben McFall (285), Logan Mills (120), Luke Nowak (126) and Cody Belken (152) recorded pins and Shania Sarbacker (106) and Brian Halverson (138) won close decisions as the Panthers routed Cashton 48-24.
“Team sectionals were great,” said Iowa-Grant head coach Ryan Allen. “I thought we wrestled very well. We are excited to get a chance at Coleman. Team state will be a very exciting and fun way to end the season for this tremendous group of seniors.”
WIAA Division 3 Lancaster Team Sectional
(from Tuesday, Feb. 14 @ Lancaster)
Iowa-Grant 48, Cashton 24
170 - Logan Bollant, IG, pinned Schmitz, 3:27. 182 - Blake Welu, IG, pinned Ladeika, 0:28. 195 - Cody Rider, IG, pinned Johnson, 5:06. 220 - Schendal, C, def. Derek Peat, IG, 6-4, OT. 285 - Ben McFall, IG, pinned Misna, 1:00. 106 - Shania Sarbacker, IG, dec. Headrick, 5-3. 113 - Moenck, C, dec. Jordan Jenks, IG, 4-2. 120 - Logan Mills, IG, pinned K. Moenck, 1:05. 126 - Luke Nowak, IG, pinned Schmitz, 1:27. 132 - Geier, C, pinned Tucker Sarbacker, IG, 1:20. 138 - Brian Halverson, IG, dec. Pieper, 7-6. 145 - Flock, C, pinned Jacob Yelinek, IG, 3:27. 152 - Cody Belken, IG, pinned Hestune, 1:34. 160 - Cashton received forfeit.
Iowa-Grant 66, Riverdale 10
160 - Pierick, IG, maj. dec. Koch, 12-1. 170 - Bollant, IG, maj. dec. Silvers, 12-3. 182 - Welu, IG, pinned Hanson, 2:22. 195 - Peat, IG, maj. dec. Wanek, 15-4. 220 - Rider, IG, pinned Hillberrty, 2:16. 285 - McFall, IG, won by forfeit. 106 - Sarbacker, IG, won by fofeit. 113 - Jenks, IG, won by fofeit. 120 - Mills, IG, won by forfeit. 126 - Nowak, IG, pinned Garoutte, 4:49. 132 - Spears, R, maj. dec. Sarbacker, 13-2. 138 - Ingalls, R, pinned Brian Halverson, 1:41. 145 - Jacob Yelinek, IG, pinned Portwine, 3:44. 152 - Cody Belken, IG, pinned Louis, 1:54.