2022 Sectional Champion Kaukauna Ghosts. Photo courtesy @KaukaunaGhosts on Twitter

UPDATE: The Kaukauna Ghosts’ wrestling team advanced to the WIAA state championship match Saturday after defeating rival Stoughton Friday night.

Top seeded-Kaukauna will face Holmen, the third seed, in the the Div. 1 championship match of the 2022 State Team Tournament Saturday at 3 p.m.

Semifinals: Kaukauna 39, Stoughton 35 Holmen 38, Marshfield 31

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KAUKAUNA — The Kaukauna Ghosts’ wrestling team returns to the mat Friday to defend their state team wrestling title in Madison.

Kaukauna won the WIAA Division 1 team title a year ago by ousting former three-time defending champion Stoughton 38-26 in the championship match.

Defending champion Kaukauna was issued the top seed in the bracket.

The Galloping Ghosts qualify for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons and for the 20th time overall.

They had a string of five straight appearances from 1999-2003 and have surpassed that streak with their current run of 10 consecutive appearances.

They have won a total of five state championships, including four straight from 2014-17.

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

The Ghosts are coming off the success of the individual tournament a week ago.

Kaukauna qualified five wrestlers, with Greyson Clark winning his third consecutive state title.

This years team includes (weight class, name, grade, record):

106 Michael Posorski 11 22-16
113 Mason Hanson 9 24-16
113 Moses Hammen 9 0-0
120 Lucas Peters 10 42-2
120 Ousman Jobe 9 3-3
126 Bryan Winans 11 39-4
132 Connor Smith 11 34-11
138 Greyson Clark 11 41-1
138 Adam Canner 9 3-2
145 Peyton Lee 9 29-13
145 Chase Vanderlinden 11 6-4
152 Toby Kavanaugh 12 29-16
152 Charles Lund 11 3-2
160 Judah Hammen 11 36-9
170 Cole Tomchek 10 14-12
170 Logan Bammen 11 7-3
182 Drew Wendzicki 11 39-6
182 Austin Rausch 11 3-2
182 Jordan Bartlett 10 0-0
195 Bryant Correa 12 15-15
195 Sam Weber 9 3-6
220 Jordan Loose 11 30-15
285 Ben Krueger 11 31-15
285 Carter Knaack 11 2-3

Head Coach: Jeff Matczak, assistants: Bob Koehler, Jeremy VanSchyndel, Zach Shukoski, Zach Pierson, Steve McDaniel, Chris McDaniel

THE TOURNAMENT:  The 31st Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Team Wrestling Tournament will take place Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. The tournament is held at the Field House on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

TICKET INFORMATION:  Ticket prices for the tourney are $16 plus online fees for the Friday session and $11 plus fees for the Saturday sessions. They can be purchased on-line on the WIAA website through GoFan, the WIAA ticketing partner, at:  https://gofan.co/app/school/WIAA2.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE AND PAIRINGS:  The single elimination tournament features eight teams in Division 1 and four each in Divisions 2 and 3. Here are the pairings and schedule for the divisions:

Division 1

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Match-1:  #1 Kaukauna (10-0) vs. #8 Franklin (20-5)
Match-2:  #4 Stoughton (15-7) vs. #5 Nicolet (11-0)
Match-3:  #3 Holmen (17-5) vs. #6 Arrowhead (6-1)
Match-4:  #2 Marshfield (20-6) vs. #7 Muskego (12-1)

Semifinals – Friday, March 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Match-5:  Match-1 Winner vs. Match-2 Winner
Match-6:  Match-3 Winner vs. Match-4 Winner

Final – Saturday, March 5 – 3 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Match

TOURNAMENT LIVE STREAMS:  The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament will be streamed live on the WIAA.TV portal of the NFHS Network on a consumer subscription basis. 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 subscribe button in the header of the page. Archived streams of the events will be available on demand on the NFHS Network 72 hours after the tournament.

FOLLOW STATE MEET ON SOCIAL MEDIA:  Receive updates of the State Team Wrestling Tournament on the WIAA State Tournament Twitter account @wiaawistate with the hashtag #wiaawr. Also like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram at wiaawi.

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By Dan Plutchak

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