Thirteen head to sectionals
MADISON Janesville Parker’s hopes for advancing as a team to the WIAA Division 1 State Team Tournament ended Saturday, but seven individuals from the Vikings and six from Janesville Craig squads will advance to the WIAA sectional meet next week.
Parker placed fourth in the Madison La Follette Regional Saturday. Badger Conference champion Stoughton won the regional title with 258 points and will advance to the Team Sectional on Tuesday night where the Vikings will host Delavan-Darien.
Oregon was a distant second at 208, followed by Sun Prairie with 173 points, with Parker next at 144.5 and the Cougars fifth with 133.
The Vikings book-ended the meet as Adam Cavey won the 103-weight class title and Alex Craker took top honors at 285.
“Cavey and Craker are really wrestling well,” said Parker coach Ron Cramer, whose squad lost Evan Cavey, who placed second at the Big Eight Conference meet to an injury. “There is no question Evan is one of our better wrestlers and he was an injury default in the first match, so that takes the wind out of your sails.”
Adam Cavey (32-4) won his regional title with a 5-3 decision over Kyle Upmann (30-11) of Janesville Craig.
Craker (26-7) also won by decision, defeating Trevor Houser (29-15) of Sun Prairie, 5-4.
“I had to really wrestle smart there at the end,” Craker said after entering the third period trailing 1-0, but took the lead on a takedown and held on at the end. “I didn’t want to get caught.”
The match-up was third of the season between Craker and Houser, with each splitting the first two regular season matches.
“I just wanted to stay out of his bear hug and stay low, keep my elbows in and work him down,” Craker said.
Siven Furseth pinned his way through the meet to win the 112 title as the Cougars lone champion. In the finals, Furseth (38-1) pinned Ryan Riley (19-7) of Parker in 1:45.
“Siven gave a clinic,” Craig coach Jeff Kaster said. “He’ll be tested next week, though.”
The top four finishers in each class advance to next week’s sectional meet at Verona.
Joining Cavey, Craker and Riley from Parker, will be David Arndt, who finished runner-up at 160 and fourth-place finishers Brennan Casey-Schmidt at 125,Travis Rucinski at 130 and Neil Pfeiffer at 152 and .
Also advancing from Craig will be runner-up Chris Pierce at 125, third-place finishers Kyle Upmann at 103, Jamie Kumlien at 119 and Drillion Grajcevci at 171. Mike Spaulding placed fourth at 189 to also move on.