Prep Sports NOW: Friday WIAA Wrestling Tournament Results
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Although the Tomahawk senior is poised to make history, Nick Hagar took more delight in having two teammates join him in the individual state wrestling tournament finals.
Hagar is on target to become Wisconsin's 10th four-time state champion. That's after he won a pair of matches Friday to advance to the championship round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association individual state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center.
Joining Hagar in the finals are Tomahawk juniors Zach Zehner (48-1) at 125 pounds and Rudy Chagoya (27-2) at 130 pounds.
"The best part of it is sharing it with those guys," Hagar said Friday. "Our goal is three state champions tomorrow.
"Nothing compares to this. I couldn't ask for a better moment or for a better situation than to share it with two talented kids."
Hagar (48-0) won the Division 2 crown at 125 pounds in 2006, at 135 in 2007 and at 140 last year. He has not lost a match since his sophomore year and has a 197-5 career mark.
"I've always taken it one match at a time. I'd be foolish to change my approach now," he said.
After receiving a first-round bye on Thursday, Hagar beat Kewaskum sophomore Bo Seibel 4-0 in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon. He then pinned Bloomer junior Zach Borofka in 3 minutes, 8 seconds in the semifinals.
"Why wait?" Hagar said when asked what his approach was in securing his quick semifinal victory. "I can't wait to get to the finals."
Next up for Hagar, who is headed to South Dakota State on a full scholarship next year, is Freedom senior Sam Manders (38-7).
Two returning Division 1 state champions kept alive their bids to repeat on Friday.
Germantown sophomore Jesse Thielke (42-1) won by technical fall over DeForest freshman Mason Geary in the semifinals. Thielke will meet Arrowhead sophomore Jake Sueflohn (38-4) in the 125-pound finals. Thielke won the 112 title last year.
Marshfield sophomore Brad Dolezal, the defending 140-pound champion, beat Brookfield East junior Joey Woppert 5-4 in their semifinal match at 140. Dolezal (42-4) will try to repeat as champion when he meets Wausau West senior Steven Monk (51-2).
Four returning champions in Division 2 advanced to the finals but none had a tougher draw than Ellsworth senior Hayden Hauschildt.
The defending champ at 135 pounds, Hauschildt rallied for an 8-5 victory over Belleville co-op senior Kalvin York in their Division 2 145-pound semifinal.
York (39-1), a University of Wisconsin recruit, is in line to be a four-time state placewinner and was a state runner-up the past two seasons.
Hauschildt (30-1) will meet Justin Washburn of Iowa-Grant/Highland (27-5) in the 145 finals.
Port Washington sophomore Alex Dieringer (38-2) won a pair of matches and will meet Tomahawk junior Zach Zehner (48-1) in the Division 2 125 final. Dieringer won the Division 1 title at 103 last year.
Portage senior Jake Hohlstein (42-0) won two matches and will meet Waukesha Catholic Memorial senior Chris Weber (35-0) in the 285-pound final in a battle of unbeatens. Hohlstein won at 285 last year.
In Division 3, senior and two-time champion Dylan Kansier of North Crawford/Seneca (44-2) kept his hopes of winning a third straight title alive when he won two matches to advance to the finals at 112. He'll face Random Lake sophomore Justin Mudlaff (52-1).
Kansier, a two-time champion at 103, is 85-3 the past two years.
Mudlaff is also a returning state champion, winning at 112 in Division 2 for Luxemburg-Casco last year.
New Lisbon senior Justin Pollack (44-0) won two matches to move into the 125 finals where he will meet Blair-Taylor senior Ryan Capouch (41-2). Pollack, the defending champion at 125, is 89-1 over the past two years.
Of the 23 wrestlers who entered the state tournament with unbeaten records, 16 will advance to the finals.
In Division 1, Beloit Memorial junior Alex Polizzi (43-0) will compete for his first state title at 215.
In Division 2, 10 unbeaten wrestlers advanced to the finals including: Peshtigo junior Mack Drees (49-0 at 103); Cuba City/Southwestern freshman Jarod Donar (45-0 at 119); Unity junior Dustin McKinney (45-0 at 130); Hagar (49-0 at 140); Mosinee senior Jordan Schulte (44-0 at 160); River Valley senior Scott Liegel (44-0) at 160; St. Croix Falls junior Joe Raygor (42-0) at 171; Luxemburg-Casco senior Trever Spude (46-0) at 215; Hohlstein (42-0) at 285; and Waukesha Catholic Memorial senior Chris Weber (35-0) at 285.
In Division 3, five unbeaten wrestlers advanced to the finals. They are New Lisbon senior Justin Pollack (45-0 at 125); Phillips senior Casey Williams (43-0 at 135); Clear Lake junior Brayden Wienke (43-0 at 145); Boyceville senior Jack Duerst (42-0 at 189); and De Soto junior Chad Johnson (42-0 at 215).
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