KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna qualified the most wrestlers in this year’s Division 1 field with eight and will take the mat Saturday at Kaukauna High School for the WIAA Division 1 state wrestling tournament.

Qualifers are: Bryan Winans at 120, Greyson Clark at 126, Jager Eisch at 132, Logan Stumpf at 138, Titus Hammen at 152, Griffin Bekish at 170, Trevor Stuyvenberg at 182 and Alex Ashauer at 220.

Rival Stoughton is next on the list in Division 1 with six.

Junior Nicolar Rivera of Stoughton  is attempting to win his third straight championship. He has yet to lose a match in his prep career with a 118-0 mark, but he’ll need to contend with another state champion in senior Jager Eisch of Kaukauna.

Eisch won the championship at 126 a year ago and moves up a weight possessing a 14-0 record this season.

Senior Hayden Halter of Waterford seeks to return to the top spot on the awards podium this season at 126 as he did in winning the titles at 106 in 2018 and 120 in 2019. One of the challengers standing in the way of Halter’s third title is sophomore Greyson Clark of Kaukauna.

The Division 2 tournament will be conducted at Adams-Friendship High School with the Division 3 tournament held at Wausau East High School.

TICKET INFORMATION:  Ticket prices per tournament session are $11 and are only available to member schools with competitors qualifying for the State Tournaments. There is a two-ticket limit per participant. No general admission will be available at the venues during the tournament.

THE SCHEDULE:  Below is the schedule of competition for the individual tournament. All weight classes will be wrestled in consecutive order starting with the 106-pound weight class and proceeding through the classes on a “next available mat” basis within the mat assignments. Each round will begin approximately 15 minutes following previous round.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Division 1 – Kaukauna H.S. (Four mats)
10 a.m. – Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Semifinals, Wrestleback matches
5 p.m. – Championships, Third-Place & Fifth-Place matches

Division 2 – Adams-Friendship H.S. (Four mats)
10 a.m. – Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Semifinals, Wrestleback matches
5 p.m. – Championships, Third-Place & Fifth-Place matches

Division 3 – Wausau East H.S. (Three mats)
9 a.m. – Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Semifinals, Wrestleback matches
5 p.m. – Championships, Third-Place & Fifth-Place matches

FINALS ON FS WISCONSIN:  The championship final matches of all three divisions will be aired live on FS Wisconsin. Please check local cable listings for the FS Wisconsin channel in your area. The live programming aired on FS Wisconsin will also be streamed on FoxSportsGo.com with cable provider authentication.

PRE-FINALS; THIRD &FIFTH-PLACE MATCHES STREAMED LIVE:  All mats of the pre-finals matches and the third- and fifth-place matches will be streamed live on WIAA.TV with a subscription to the NFHS Network. To purchase a subscription to the live programming for only $10.99 per month, log-on to www.wiaa.tv or www.nfhsnetwork.com and click on the subscription button at the top right of the page.

2021 TOURNAMENT BY THE NUMBERS: There will be champions crowned in 14 weight classes in three divisions. Wrestlers who finished first or second in each weight class at last weekend’s four sectionals in each division qualified for the State Tournament. Therefore, there are eight qualifiers per weight in each division and 112 total qualifiers for each division. There are 172 programs represented at this year’s individual championships, including 60 from Division 1, and 60 in Division 2 and 52 in Division 3.



ORDER STATE MEET APPAREL ONLINE:  WIAA licensed apparel is available online for the 2021 State Individual Wrestling Tournament. Please access the store at: https://wiaaindividualwrestling21.itemorder.com. Online purchases will be shipped after the online store closes on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

NEED LIVE RESULTS?: Access results through the WIAA website by navigating to the wrestling homepage and selecting the Tournament Information option in the right column or by accessing the Trackwrestling.com website.

FOLLOW STATE MEET ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Receive updates of the State Individual Wrestling Tournament on the WIAA State Tournament Twitter account @wiaawistate with the hashtag #wiaawr. Also follow daily recaps on Facebook.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.