Milton, Stoughton set for showdown
The Milton and Stoughton High wrestling teams have been on a collision course all season long.
Tuesday night, the two powerhouses and future Badger Conference opponents, will get a chance to settle the score.
The Red Hawks and Vikings won Division 1 regional team titles on Saturday to highlight area action.
Those two teams will meet Tuesday night at Stoughton with a berth in WIAA State Team Tournament on the line.
Milton easily won the Lake Geneva Badger Regional title with 226.5 points. The 15-time defending Southern Lakes Conference champions crowned six individual winners.
Stoughton, behind three champions, won the Sun Prairie Regional with 236.5.
Milton got consecutive titles from Shaun O’Neill at 140, Derek Dixon at 145 and Shawn Jensen at 152 en route to the regional title.
The Red Hawks’ Devon Dixon and Nick Gibson also won titles at 112 and 285, respectively. Nate Rogers at 171 also won a title for Milton.
At the Division 1 West Allis Central Regional, Elkhorn finished fourth overall and crowned one champion. The Elks’ Richard Kessler won the 160-pound title, while Fort Atkinson’s Nate Mode was the champion at 145.
In Division 2, Clinton earned a berth in the team sectional by capturing its own regional title.
The Cougars finished with 211, while Rock Valley Conference foe Beloit Turner was second with 196. Clinton will wrestle Evansville/Albany Regional team champion Lodi in a semifinal match on Tuesday at Richland Center.
Winning individual titles for Clinton were Daniel Banh at 103 and Brad Hesebeck at 119.
The second-place Trojans crowned four champions. Cody Andrews and De’ Andre Jones won back-to-back titles at 125 and 130, while Lucas Clark won at 160 and Tyler Haney at 285.
Brodhead-Juda’s Tyler Lincoln won the 135-pound title at Clinton, and teammate Ryan McCarville was the champion at 152 and Danny Douglas at 171.
Edgerton’s Bobby Harry won at 189, and Orfordville Parkview’s Ben Neal was the winner at 145.
Whitewater had two champions at Clinton in Emmanuel Valadez at 112 and Andrew Mathison at 215, while Walworth Big Foot’s Travis Brown won the title at 140.
Lodi easily won the Evansville Regional team title with 309 points and 10 champions. Rock Valley Conference champion Evansville/Albany was second with 216, and had two champions.
The Blue Devils’ James Boley won a title at 103 and Eddie Schmoldt was the champion at 171.
Also at the Evansville Regional, Janesville’s Taylor Kress won the 125-pound crown competing for Lakeside Lutheran.
East Troy finished second behind Pewaukee at its own Division 2 regional.
The Trojans had four champions, including junior Chesten Kesselhon at 160 pounds. Kesselhon, who finished fourth at state a year ago, pinned Pewaukee’s T.J. Decker in the title bout to improve to 26-1 on the season.
Also winning regional titles for East Troy were Jake Zess at 119, Taylor Triebold at 125 and David Edwards at 135.