The 2022 WIAA Division 1 state team wrestling champion Kaukauna Ghosts. Photo courtesy Paul Stumpf
The 2022 WIAA Division 1 state team wrestling champion Kaukauna Ghosts. Photo courtesy Paul Stumpf

MADISON — The Kaukauna Ghosts’ wrestling team has returned to a familiar place. They’re the 2022 WIAA Division 1 state wrestling champions.

Kaukauna defeated Holmen Saturday, March 5, 2022 in the final in Madison to capture the title.

Coming in as the top seed, Kaukauna defeated Franklin 51-14 in the quarterfinal, then outlasted rival Stoughton 39-35 in the semifinal.

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

They have won a total of six 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

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By Dan Plutchak

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