Ryan Roy reached 100 career varsity wins while both he and teammate Piersson Czaplinski won their respective brackets Saturday, helping the Three Lakes and Laona-Wabeno Rebel-Jays wrestling team to a seventh place finish at the Wausau East Lumberjack Invitational.

Wrestling at 170 pounds, Roy, who after a first-round bye, pinned Caden Palubicki of Crandon in the second period to advance to the semifinals. There he would also win by a pin in the second, this time over Cameron Olson of Eau Claire North.

In the championship match Roy met Hector Pintor of Marshfield. Roy would pin him just 36 seconds into the second period to take the title at 170 pounds.

Czaplinski was again at 160 pounds as he rolled through the bracket to take another meet championship. After a first-round bye, he pinned Logan Schwinger of Rhinelander in just 59 seconds. He followed that with an 11-6 decision over Cole Verhyen of Appleton North to earn a shot at the championship. There he pinned Sam Veenstra of La Crosse Logan/Central in the second period to take the title.

Both Brady Shepard and Gus Fink notched third place finishes in their brackets, also which increased the team’s overall point total to 283. Winneconne (456) won the event followed by Appleton North (411.5), Crandon (385.5), La Crosse Logan/Central (335.5), Rhinelander (306) and Eau Claire North (289).

As the team was able to get another high-quality tournament under their belt, it followed a sweep of their home dual matches last Thursday as the team defeated Athens (48-9), Phillips (42-36), Thorp/Owen-Withee (60-12) and Abbotsford/Colby (43-18).

“With the WIAA removing the rule regarding the number of matches we could take on this year, it’s enabled us to open the schedule a little bit and do a few more of these tournaments,” coach Seth Senter said. “A great accomplishment for the team to continue to fight with a lot of these bigger schools and hang right with them. It was neat to see Ryan get his 100th, and the way he did it with getting it in a pin against the kid from Crandon was awesome.”

Starting at 120 pounds, Brady Shepard fell in his second-round matchup to Dylan Dodson of Marshfield, but then won his next round over Kyle Wiese of Rhinelander as he took an 11-5 decision. He would fall in the fifth-place match to Logan Seavers of Stevens Point.

Kevin Sheldon was 10th in 126 pounds, winning one match on the day over Brody Westrom of Stanley-Boyd who he pinned in the first round. The same went for Noah Kincaid at 132 pounds, who fell in his first match, but then pinned Robert Schramke of Rhinelander before falling in the ninth place match to Renn Marvin of Crandon.

At 138 pounds, Zander Ginet took sixth place, winning his first round match over Dalton Smith who he pinned in 45 seconds. After falling in his next match, Ginet pinned Sean Boman of Rhinelander before losing to Landen Hoel of Stanley-Boyd in the fifth place match.

Evan Gleason would take 10th at 170 pounds, pinning Juan Gomez of Marshfield in his one win on the day.

At 182 pounds was Frank Shepard who won a major decision (11-0) over Avery Piotraschke of Winnecone to open the day. He then fell in the third period of his semifinal matchup before pinning Black Miller of Appleton North in the third-place match to end his day 2-1.

Zeke Logalbo fell in both of his matches at 195 pounds. Rounding out the day at 220 pounds was Fink who won his first match 8-1 over Aiden Haugen of Wausau East. After falling in the third period of his next matchup, Fink would recover to beat Joseph Fugle of Rhinelander, defeating him by a 7-2 score to secure third place.

“Gus has quietly put together a really nice season,” said Senter. “He’s a kid who come the postseason I think could surprise a few people if the draw works out. He’s done a great job of getting ready to wrestle every night.”

With the wins in their duals last week, the Rebel-Jays now sit at 11-2 in dual matches this season, a mark which Senter said wouldn’t be possible without creating the type of competitive environment that came with joining forces with the Laona-Wabeno squad.

“It’s hard to argue with the numbers, and I really think this relationship has been a positive one for everyone involved,” said Senter. “We’ve gained some great kids, great coaching and it’s really helped bolster the numbers in the youth system. We’re excited about the future.”

The team will head to Southern Door this week for a dual there. Following that it’s preparations for the postseason as the team will head to Coleman for the Division 3 Regional meet, and then the following weekend head to Shawano for the Sectional meet.

Wrestlers must place second in the Regional to move on, and then in the top three to advance to the WIAA State Meet in Madison.



Peterson advances to State

The Three Lakes and Laona-Wabeno wrestling team will be represented at the first-ever WIAA Girls Wrestling State Championship meet this weekend in La Crosse as senior Paige Peterson has qualified at 138 pounds.

“She took a rough draw as she’s seeded below some girls who she’s actually beat this year,” said Senter. “It’s also kind of tough that if she loses, the highest place she can wrestle-back to is fifth.”

Peterson will take part Saturday in the meet where her biggest competition comes from top-seeded Marissa Roth of Brookfield Central who is 13-0 so far on the season entering the State championships.

Roth and Peterson faced-off last season in the Challenger Series, with Roth coming away with a 6-2 win.

The Championships at the La Crosse Center are a one-day event meaning Senter, Peterson and team will head to La Crosse Friday evening. Matches are set to begin Saturday at 9 a.m. following 7:30 a.m. weigh-ins.