The Three Lakes-Phelps wrestling team are Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) champions after winning four individual brackets at the conference tourney held this past Friday in Elcho and getting seven wrestlers to the finals overall.

“We knew we had a chance to get a few kids into the finals,” said coach Seth Senter. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised with any other results, but very happy that we put together what I thought might have been our most complete match of the season so far.”

Senter complimented his wrestlers following the tourney saying individually he was impressed with a number of efforts.

“I thought Lucas Bean had a really good finals match,” said Senter. “He gained some confidence and looked really good doing it.”

Senter said Jesse DuPuis looked “fantastic” at the 145-pound class where he won an NLC title.

“He hit all his moves and showed the type of wrestling we’ve been waiting to see out of him all season.”

Lucas Wanty pinned his way to the finals and came away with a championship at 132 pounds.

“You could really see it with Lucas,” said Senter. “We’d seen flashes, but this was his and Jesse DuPuis’ first complete tournament where they put really good efforts together.”

Piersson Czaplinski continued his stellar freshman campaign as he claimed a conference crown at 113 pounds. So too did senior Connor Kincaid who at 182 pounds won his first NLC title after finishing runner-up a year ago.

Zander Ginet, Bean and Canto Ginet each reached the finals in their respective brackets.

This weekend in Crandon the team will see the exact same rosters as they did at the NLC tourney, with Crivitz added into the mix.

Wrestlers will need to finish in the top two in order to advance through to what might be one of the toughest wrestling Sectionals in all of Wisconsin. At Division 3 Sectional, wrestlers who finish in the top three will advance to the WIAA State Meet.

The Auburndale Sectional will include a roster of what Senter said could be the toughest lineup of previous WIAA State place winners with as many as 20 athletes who stood on the podium in Madison last year returning to the mix this season.

“Almost seven or eight of the teams that we will see at Sectionals were ranked at some point this season in the state,” said Senter. “If they wrestle this weekend and next like they have the last two weeks who knows. We always want to strive to get to Madison, and there are a couple of kids who I know will be disappointed if that isn’t where they end up.”

All WIAA?Regional meets will take place this Saturday, with Sectionals set for the following weekend, Feb. 16.