CSI MEDIA SPORTS -- Three Stateline area teams powered their way to regional championships Saturday, punching their tickets to the WIAA sectional team dual meet competitions Tuesday.
Milton advanced in Division 1, while Evansville/Albany and East Troy moved on in Division 2.
The Red Hawks face Stoughton in the latter’s home gym at 7 p.m. in trying to make their 10th trip to state. The 2002 state winners last qualified in 2010, when they fell to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln.
Pat Jauch’s Red Hawks, who downed Stoughton, 37-21, in a dual match Jan. 10, received regional titles from Nolan Shea (113), Billy Pitzner (152), Bowen Wileman (160), John McCarthy (170) and Randy Lipke (195) in action at Janesville Craig. They advanced 12 grapplers to the individual sectional meet at Oconomowoc on Saturday.
Elkhorn finished second in the regional team chase, 15 points behind Milton, and advanced eight individuals to sectionals, featuring regional titlists Bryce Fitzgerald (120), Ryan Nelson (126), Konnor Mohr (138), John Olsen (145) and Richard Heidemann (285). The Elks won the Southern Lakes dual meet title but finished behind Burlington after finishing third in the conference tourney.
Craig will take 11 wrestlers to sectional after its fourth-place regional finish, including 106-pound junior regional champion Airk Furseth.
Parker’s only sectional qualifiers were Dylan Siener, who finished second at 126, and Alex Miller, who grabbed fourth at 170.
Lake Geneva Badger captured third place in the team standings behind its lone regional champ, senior 182-pounder Andrew Cychner. The Badgers, who saw their two-year run of reaching the state team tourney end, advanced 11 competitors to Oconomowoc.
In Division 2, Rock Valley dual meet and tournament champion Evansville/Albany won a regional crown at Clinton. Fifth-rated Jordan Meyer (132), 10th-rated Tyler Grant (170), fifth-ranked Dustin Bjugstad (220) and freshman Lucias Rinehardt (195) won regional titles as the Blue Devils pushed eight competitors through to individual sectionals at Adams-Friendship.
Evansville/Albany also advanced to the team sectional. Two wins would give it its first state appearance. It tangles with 14-time state qualifier Lodi in a semifinal showdown at Wisconsin Dells, where the winner meets River Valley or West Salem/Bangor for a berth in Madison.
Beloit Turner took second and Edgerton fourth in the regional team standings. Cole Walker (113), Gene Wright II (138) and Max Andrews (152) won regional crowns for Turner, with Nick Olszewski taking second at 132 to give the Trojans four sectional qualifiers.
Sonny Schieldt (120) was Edgerton’s lone champion, reaching sectionals along with runners-up Ben Counter (113), Zach Dillman (138), Jared Heil (152) and Kyle Bavery (170).
Clinton’s Seth Wisowaty (106) was the Cougars’ only sectional qualifier after recording a 24-second pin in the title match.
Meanwhile, East Troy outdistanced host Whitewater to advance to the D-2 team sectional, where it will square off Tuesday against Kewaskum at Pewaukee. A win would send East Troy to the final against either Pewaukee or Sheboygan Falls. The Trojans are seeking their third trip to state and first since 2006.
Cody Vogel, Ryan Engel, Andy Strey and Zack Lamb won titles and are among eight Trojans heading to Waupun on Saturday.
Delavan-Darien crowned three champions as Landon Schramski, Cody Chelminiak and Ricardo Cruz won at 120, 126 and 220, respectively. Whitewater’s James Ehlen won the 160-pound title, while Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay’s Travis Berryman was the 106-pound champion.
DDHS qualified five competitors for individual sectionals and Whitewater four.
Second-place finisher Patrick Engen (160) was the only Orfordville-Parkview competitor to reach sectionals as the Vikings finished last of six teams in their Division 3 regional tournament.