Wrestling regionals help kick off the postseason in the Badger State on Saturday, Feb. 11, with eight sites in Division 1 and four each in Divisions 2 and 3.
The D-1 field features area teams in two sectionals. The Janesville Craig Sectional sees the Cougars, rival Janesville Parker, Beloit Memorial, Badger, Milton and Elkhorn competing in the Westosha Central Regional.
The Red Hawks were ranked ninth in the most recent WiWrestling.com team ratings, while the Elks sat at No. 5.
Burlington will host a sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 18, after going even farther east to compete in the Kenosha Bradford/Reuther Regional.
The top three individual finishers in each weight class advance to sectionals, while the first- and second-place wrestlers from sectionals head to the Kohl Center in Madison for the state meet Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25.
Numerous standouts from the area dot the most recent rankings in D-1: Badger junior Beau Ladu was third at 106; Milton senior Dalton Shea and Elkhorn junior Grant Truesdale were fourth and eighth, respectively, at 113; Elkhorn junior Benji Peak was sixth at 126; Elkhorn soph Daniel Stilling was third at 132; Elkhorn senior Bryce Jacobson sat sixth at 152; Milton senior Billy Pitzner was third, Burlington junior Nathan Crayton was fifth and Elkhorn senior Riley Remington was eighth at 182; Red Hawks junior Jerry Lipke was sixth at 195; Janesville Parker senior Logan Murdy stood seventh at 220, with Elkhorn senior Richard Heidemann eighth.
Meanwhile, the best two regional grapplers at each weight in Divisions 2 and 3 qualify for sectional meets. From there, the first three finishers from sectionals will represent their schools in Madison.
The host Trojans will entertain the likes of Brodhead/Juda, Clinton, Evansville/Albany and Edgerton in the Turner Regional, which leads into the Richland Center Sectional. Also, Big Foot/Williams Bay hosts a regional event in the Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional, with Delavan-Darien, East Troy and Whitewater in the field.
Evansville/Albany was the lone area squad in the D-2 team rankings as an honorable mention pick.
Individuals in the most recent Division 2 rankings had East Troy freshman Tommy Larson sitting eighth at 106; Edgerton freshman Cole Bavery was sixth, Big Foot/Williams Bay senior Travis Berryman eighth and Evansville/Albany soph Adam Staver 10th at 120; E/A senior Chase Katzenmeyer second at 126; Brodhead/Juda sophomore Jackson Hauri seventh at 132; E/A junior Nolan Kicmol first and Beloit Turner senior Anthony Bivens sixth at 145; Whitewater senior Thomas McManaway 10th at 170; Whitewater junior Jimmy DuVal ninth at 182; E/A senior Lucius Rinehart first and Turner senior Tyler Burt fourth at 220.
In Division 3, Parkview competes in the Marshall Regional, while Palmyra-Eagle travels to the Kenosha Christian Life Regional.
Regional point leaders advance to the team sectionals, which are set for Tuesday, Feb. 14. Elkhorn in Division 1, Edgerton and East Troy in D-2 and Parkview in D-2 are team sectional hosts.
Wisconsin boys swimming
Sectionals begin Friday, Feb. 10, with diving competitions. The remaining events will be held Saturday, Feb. 11.
Area teams will be represented in two of the six Division 1 sectional meets: Middleton and Kenosha Tremper.
Beloit Memorial, Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig will battle mostly Big Eight Conference rivals at Middleton. Meanwhile, Badger’s co-op with Big Foot, Williams Bay, Westosha Central and Wilmot joins the team of Burlington, East Troy, Catholic Central, Union Grove and Waterford in the competitions at Tremper.
In Division 2, Milton and Whitewater will compete in the Stoughton Sectional, while Delavan-Darien and Elkhorn are in the Whitefish Bay Sectional field.
It’s tough for Stateline area athletes to compete at the state level, but a few competitors in D-2 have shown they could challenge for medals at the UW Natatorium.
The Elks were in ninth place in the 400 freestyle relays in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association time charts.
Winners of each heat at sectionals in both divisions advance to state. The fastest 18 non-winning times in Division 1 and best 12 non-winning showings in D-2 also earn spots in Madison.
Wisconsin boys and girls hockey
Action on the ice starts with boys regional action Tuesday, Feb. 14, and continues Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16-17.
As for area boys squads, Milton, the Janesville Bluebirds (Craig and Parker) and the Beloit Memorial co-op arrangement, which includes Turner, Brodhead, Clinton, Delavan-Darien and Parkview, are in the 11-team Janesville Sectional.
Three first-round games will be played Feb. 14, including sixth-seeded Beloit Memorial hosting 11th seeded Monroe and 10th seeded Milton traveling to seventh-seeded Kenosha Bradford. Second-seeded Janesville entertains the Milton-Bradford winner on Feb. 16. Sectionals are scheduled Feb. 21 and Feb. 25, with the state tournament at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison from March 2-4.
Meanwhile, the girls regionals are scheduled Feb. 16-17, with the Rock County Fury hoping to return to the state tournament while competing in the eight-team Sun Prairie Sectional.
The Rock County co-op features athletes from Beloit Memorial, Janesville, Milton, Turner, Clinton, Monroe and Black Hawk.
The Fury earned the No. 3 seed and open Feb. 16 at Edwards Ice Arena against sixth-seeded Viroqua.
Evansville belongs to the Stoughton co-op that includes Oregon, McFarland and Monona Grove. This squad is the eighth seed and travels to top-seeded Sun Prairie on Feb. 16. The winners will advance Feb. 21, while the sectional final will be Feb. 25.
The state tourney is March 3-4, also at the Alliant Energy Center.
Illinois boys swimming
Sectional competitions are planned Saturday, Feb. 18.
Hononegah, Belvidere North co-op and Machesney Park will swim in the 13-team Byron Sectional.
The state meet will be Feb. 24-25 in Winnetka (New Trier).
Christine Kuspa’s Hononegah program won its sixth straight NIC-10 team title last year behind record-setting senior diver Payton Staman, who went on to win the state gold medal. The Indians are seeking their fourth sectional crown in the past five years.
Athletes begin postseason action at 16 regional sites in each of the three classes on Saturday, Feb. 4. Hononegah and Machesney Park head to the Class 3A Algonquin Regional.
The top three athletes in each weight division and the winning team qualify for each of the four sectionals in each class, with Rockford area squads competing in the Barrington Sectional on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11.
The top four grapplers from sectionals reach the state individual championships, which will be at the State Farm Center in Champaign from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18.
Several Hononegah wrestlers are among the top in the state according to the most recent IllinoisMatmen.com rankings: sophomore Giovanni Cassioppi at 113, senior Aaron Leppert at 132 and junior Dominic Ballano at 160 were honorable mention picks, while senior Jordan Shahrikian was fourth at 182, senior Blake Zalapi was third at 220 and Junior Anthony Cassioppi was No. 1 at 285.
Meanwhile, the state team dual tourney of the eight qualifying teams is Saturday, Feb. 25, at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Rockford East hosts the sectional event.
Illinois girls bowling
The girls bowling postseason begins with 18 regional events Saturday, Feb. 4. The top four teams will advance to one of six sectionals Saturday, Feb. 11. Then the best four squads qualify for the state finals, which are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford.
As for individuals, the top 10 scorers who are not part of a qualifying team advance to sectionals, and the top five finishers will reach state.
The SoBos and Indians compete in the Rockford Boylan Regional at Park Lanes and the Belvidere Sectional at Forest Hills Lanes, both in Loves Park.
Illinois girls basketball
Most of March Madness occurs in February for girls basketball in the Illini State.
Competition in Classes 1A and 2A start with regional action the week of Feb. 6-10. Sectional tourneys are planned Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 16. The state tournament will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at the Redbird Arena in Normal.
South Beloit is in the 2A Princeton Sectional, which is divided into two sub-sectionals and part of the Monmouth Super Sectional.
The postseason begins with regionals from Feb. 13-17 in Classes 3A and 4A.
Sectional contests are set for Feb. 20-21 and Feb. 23, while the state finals are Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, also in Normal.
Hononegah will compete in the 4A Hampshire Sectional, part of the Carpentersville Super Sectional.
The Indians were seeking another 20-win season under longtime coach Randy Weibel.
Athlete profile:Grant Truesdale
Athlete’s name: Grant Truesdale
School: Elkhorn Area High School
Sports: Soccer and wrestling
Honors/recognition for each sport: State runner-up in soccer; first-team all-conference and conference wrestling champion
Season scoring stats, best times, etc.: Most pins in 2015-’16 season (22), placed third at sectionals in wrestling
Describe yourself on/off the field: Work hard on and off the field and it will get you places.
How did you get started in playing each of the sports or your favorite sport: Began wrestling around age 6 and loved the sport from the start. Started soccer in middle school, team kept winning and it was an all-around fun time.
Biggest influences/role models and why: My parents, who have influenced me to work hard at everything I do.
Most memorable moment(s) in high school sports: Winning conference my sophomore year and placing second at state in soccer.
What advice would you give younger athletes about competing at the high school and/or collegiate levels: Work as hard as you can every day in practice. It’s a whole new level and takes a ton of offseason and in-season work to be good. Nothing is handed to you.
Your nickname, if any: Truesie
Favorite athlete(s): Kyle Snyder (American Olympic gold medalist wrestler) and Eddie Lacy
Favorite team(s): Green Bay Packers
Any other hobbies outside of sports: Playing backyard games with friends as much as possible
Post-high school plans: Attend college; pursue a degree in the medical field
Milton in Division 1 and Evansville/Albany in D-2 were defeated in the WIAA team sectionals on Tuesday, falling to Stoughton and River Valley, respectively.
However, their top grapplers and dozens of others from around the Stateline area qualified for individual sectionals, which will be held Saturday.
Those who advanced from last weekend’s regional competitions are listed here according to their seedings:
106: 2. Dalton Shea, Milton; 4. Grant Truesdale, Elkhorn; 6. Beau LaDu, Badger; 8. Byron Simons, Delavan-Darien
113: 2. Benji Peak, Elkhorn; 4. Brett Perkins, Janesville Parker; 8. Edwin Chavez, Beloit Memorial
120: 2. Daniel Stilling, Elkhorn; 4. Nathan Ellis, Janesville Craig; 6. Michael Sanders, Badger; 8. Tyler Kersten, Milton
126: 2. Robby Mutimer, Badger; 4. Levi Garrett, Milton; 6. Nate Farrell, Janesville Craig; 8. Tyler Curtis-Dupuis, Beloit Memorial
132: 2. Tristan Woods, Milton; 4. Ethan Smith, Janesville Craig; 6. Stevie Kraus, Badger; 8. James Welsh, Elkhorn
138: 2. Vince Digennaro, Milton; 4. Dyvonne Thornton, Janesville Parker; 6. Nate Otero, Badger
145: 4. Nick Richards, Milton; 6. Douglas Reuss, Badger; 8. Gerardo Badillo, Beloit Memorial
152: 2. Michael Peter, Badger; 4. Bryce Jacobson, Elkhorn; 6. Evan Whitehead, Milton
160: 2. Aristide Serrano, Janesville Craig; 4. Konnor Mohr, Elkhorn; 6. Taylor Prochazka, Milton; 8. Chase Craig, Badger
170: 2. Billy Pitzner, Milton; 4. Logan Baker, Janesville Craig; 6. George Somerville, Badger; 8. Riley Remington, Elkhorn
182: 2. Nick Halpin, Badger; 4. Everett Washington, Janesville Craig; 6. Izaiah Jones, Janesville Parker; 8. Jerry Lipke, Milton
195: 2. Logan Murdy, Janesville Parker; 4. Marquel Johnson, Beloit Memorial; 6. Reggie Kelly, Badger; 8. Kyle Zucaro, Milton
220: 2. Jordan Barr, Elkhorn; 4. Nicholas Knaub, Janesville Craig; 8. Saul Gomez, Badger
285: 2. Cole Mikrut, Badger; 4. Richard Heidemann, Elkhorn; 6. Keeanu Benton, Janesville Craig; 8. Tom Rakestraw, Milton
New Berlin West Sectional
113: 6. Zack Weiler, Burlington
120: 8. Luke Iverson, Burlington
126: 6. Jared Bird, Burlington
160: 4. Lance Otter, Burlington
182: 4. Nathan Crayton, Burlington
220: 2. Hageman Tiedt, Burlington
Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional
106: 2. Joe Moede, East Troy
113: 4. Charlie Ward, East Troy
120: 3. Cody Vogel, East Troy; 8. Travis Berryman, Big Foot/Williams Bay
138: 8. Gabe Braam, East Troy
145: 2. Chase Coleman, East Troy
160: 3. Jeremy Dedick, East Troy; 8. Thomas McManaway, Whitewater
170: 5. Max Reid, Whitewater
182: 4. Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater
220: 2. Kyle Storandt, East Troy
Richland Center Sectional
106: 3. Jordan Miller, Edgerton; 8. Taylor Milz, Evansville/Albany
113: 2. Adam Staver, Evansville/Albany; 5. Seth Wisowaty, Clinton
120: 7. Blake Burns, Brodhead/Juda
126: 3. Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany
132: 5. Nolan Kicmol, Evansville/Albany
138: 7. Anthony Bivens, Beloit Turner
145: 3. Jordan Meyer, Evansville/Albany
152: 2. Giovanni Haney, Beloit Turner; 5. Tyler Schmidt, Evansville/Albany
160: 4. Tyler Hoesly, Brodhead/Juda
170: 3. Josh Christensen, Beloit Turner
182: 2. Shane Swing, Beloit Turner; 5. Dakota Ringhand, Evansville/Albany
195: 7. Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany
220: 8. Tyler Burt, Beloit Turner
285: 2. Dakota Taber, Brodhead/Juda
Mineral Point Sectional
106: 3. Jackson Haun, Parkview
120: 4. Conner Nolan, Parkview
126: 8. Collin Hatlevig, Parkview
145: 8. Aaron Hatlevig, Parkview
152: 5. Byron Brown, Parkview
160: 4. Gavon Brown, Parkview
182: 5. Patrick Engen, Parkview
120: 7. Ricky Smith, Palmyra-Eagle
152: 2. Connor Sullivan, Palmyra-Eagle
195: 4. Nate Sullivan, Palmyra-Eagle
Another WIAA postseason is upon us, as wrestlers and boys swimmers begin their quests to reach Madison for state competitions.
Here is a quick look at where Stateline area teams will be busy:
Postseason action on mats across southern Wisconsin begins Saturday, Feb. 13, with regional tournaments.
Elkhorn is one of the Division 1 regional hosts, entertaining the likes of Badger, Janesville Craig, Milton and Janesville Parker, not to mention Delavan-Darien, Beloit Memorial and Wilmot. The first session begins at 9:30 a.m.
Individual advancers from Elkhorn then move on to the Verona Sectional on Feb. 20, with matches starting at 10 a.m.
The school that accumulates the most points at Elkhorn will battle the Sun Prairie Regional champion in the team sectional, which likely will be against highly touted and host Stoughton on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Meanwhile, Burlington competes in the Muskego Regional and then the New Berlin West/Eisenhower Sectional. Burlington is the host site for the team sectional.
In Division 2, Clinton, Edgerton and Turner will battle host and regional favorite Evansville/Albany starting at 10 a.m. Individuals will advance to the Richland Center Sectional. The team champion heads to River Valley.
Elsewhere, Big Foot/Williams Bay hosts the regional beginning at 10:30 a.m. East Troy and Whitewater in a field that includes top 10 team Wisconsin Lutheran. Grapplers advance to the Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional, while East Troy hosts the team sectional.
Parkview hosts the regional tournament starting at 10:30 a.m. Advancers will go to the Mineral Point Sectional, while Royall hosts the team sectional.
The sectional meets consist of diving competitions at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and swimming events at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.
Stateline area squads are scheduled to participate in two locations in Divisions 1 and 2.
In D-1, Janesville Parker, Janesville Craig and Beloit Memorial, as usual, will head to the Middleton Sectional and face mostly Big Eight rivals and schools from the Badger Conference.
Meanwhile, the co-op conglomerations of Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay/Westosha Central/Wilmot and Burlington/Catholic Central/East Troy/Union Grove/Waterford will compete in the Kenosha Bradford Sectional.
Milton is the lone Division 2 school in the rugged Baraboo Sectional.
Meanwhile, Delavan-Darien, Elkhorn and Whitewater will be at the Whitefish Bay Sectional.
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