Gazette sports writer John Barry wraps up the winter sports season with a couple of individual and team awards, along with a look at his crystal ball predictions for the state basketball tournaments.
Kluever successfully defended his 285-pound state championship at the Kohl Center on Saturday night, pinning Benton late in the first period.
Janesville Craig senior Nate Ellis and junior Keeanu Benton each won two matches at the WIAA state individual wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. They'll wrestle in the state semis--along with Milton junior Mason Dutcher and Elkhorn junior Daniel Still--on Friday night.
A preview of city and area state wrestlers who will compete at the WIAA state tournament Thursday-Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Janesville Craig senior Nate Ellis and junior Keeanu Benton have their sights set on finishing on the podium in the top six.
Nine area wrestlers qualified for the WIAA state individual wrestling tournament out of the Division 1 Fort Atkinson Sectional on Saturday.
A roundup of area Division 2 and 3 WIAA individual wrestling sectionals, which were held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.
Elkhorn lost a Division 1 team sectional final to visiting Stoughton, while Evansville/Albany lost in the D2 team sectional semis on Tuesday.
Evansville/Albany wrestling teammates and brothers Nolan Kicmol and Branden Lange hope to make the WIAA state tournament together for the second year in a row.
Elks send wrestlers to sectionals in 12 of 14 weight classes, win team title with 240 points; Badger takes second while Craig takes third.
Janesville Craig got Big Eight titles from Mayson Maclennan, Nate Ellis, Ethan Smith and Keeanu Benton, as well as place-winners in 13 of 14 weight classes, to edge Sun Prairie and Middleton for the Big Eight Conference wrestling tournament crown Saturday.
Craig finishes 11th, Evansville/Albany sixth Saturday at Fort Atkinson, while Parker was 15th in a duals tournament in Whitnall.
Friday night's Big Eight Conference wrestling dual meet between Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker marks the 50th year that the two city rivals met on the squared circle.