MADISON — The Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts wrestling team remains on track in their quest for a fourth-in-a-row state title.

The Ghosts won two matches Friday to advance to the title round Saturday of the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament in Madison.

Kaukauna defeated Homestead 49-17 in the quarterfinals Friday (Summary), then advanced to the title match with a 35-29 semifinal win over Menomonie (Summary).

The Ghosts will face 3-seed Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln for the title.

Lincoln is making its 19th appearance in the team tournament and its first since 2015. The Red Raiders have won 21 team championships, including 16 since the inception of the dual championship format in 1992. They have also placed runner-up six times. 

Three-time defending champion Kaukauna entered the tournament as the top seed.

The Ghosts qualify for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons and for a membership-leading 22nd time overall.

They had a string of five straight appearances from 1999-2003 and have surpassed that streak with their current run of 12 consecutive appearances.

They have won a total of seven State championships, including four straight from 2014-17 and the current streak of three in a row.

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

Division 1

Final – Saturday, March 2 – 3 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Match

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 website directly.

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By Dan Plutchak

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