Kaukauna High School sectional wrestlers. Photo via @KaukaunaGhosts on Twitter

KAUKAUNA — The Galloping Ghosts’ wrestling team entered the WIAA Division 1 state team wrestling tournament as the No. 1 seed, and they ended the day as state champions.

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KAUKAUNA — It should be no surprise that the Kaukauna and Stoughton wrestling teams enter the Division 1 WIAA state team wrestling tournaments seeded No. 1 and No. 2.

It’s been that way many times in past years.

And this year will be no exception. The seeding means that if the two teams are to meet, it will happen in the finals with a state title on the line.

Kaukauna High School hosts the Division 1 tournament Saturday, Feb. 20, while the Division 2 tournament is scheduled at Adams-Friendship High School and Division 3 at Wausau West High School on the same day.

The Galloping Ghosts qualify for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons and for the 19th time overall.

They had a string of five straight appearances from 1999-2003 and have now surpassed that streak with their current run of nine consecutive appearances.

They have won a total of four State championships, all coming in a row from 2014-17.

The Galloping Ghosts have also finished runner-up four times, including 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Three-time reigning champion Stoughton is the second seed.

The Vikings are making their eighth straight appearance and their 15th overall.

They have won 10 State team titles overall, including three since the advent of the team tournament format. Prior to the team tournament, the Vikings won seven State championships (1968, 1972, 1975-77, 1987-88).

In addition, they have finished runner-up 10 times. 

Division 1 at Kaukauna H.S.

Quarterfinals – 11 a.m.
Match-1:  #1 Kaukauna (10-0) vs. #8 Brookfield East (3-3)
Match-2:  #4 Waunakee (4-1) vs. #5 Marshfield (9-2)
Match-3:  #3 Holmen (11-0) vs. #6 Slinger (12-1)
Match-4:  #2 Stoughton (4-1) vs. #7 Waterford (7-1)

Semifinals – approximately 1 p.m.
Match-5:  Match-1 Winner vs. Match-2 Winner
Match-6:  Match-3 Winner vs. Match-4 Winner

Final – approximately 3 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Match

Division 2 at Adams-Friendship H.S.

Semifinals – 10:30 a.m.
Match-1:  #1 Amery (12-0) vs. #4 Kiel (5-2)
Match-2:  #2 Prairie du Chien (9-3) vs. #3 Winneconne (9-3)

Final – approximately 20 minutes following semifinals
Division 2 Championship Match

Division 3 at Wausau West H.S.

Semifinals – 10:30 a.m.
Match-1:  #1 Coleman (8-1) vs. #4 Cadott (10-1)
Match-2:  #2 Mineral Point (6-0) vs. #3 Random Lake (11-2)

Final – approximately 1 p.m.
Division 3 Championship Match


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By Dan Plutchak

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