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Coleman Leads the State With Ten D-III Qualifiers

Issue Date: February 27, 2020

The Coleman Cougars paced not only the field at the Bonduel Division III wrestling sectional on Saturday, but possibly the entire state.

The Coleman Cougars, in addition to qualifying for team state two weekends from now, will be sending 10 wrestlers to individual state in Madison, beginning Thursday and running through Saturday. That total is the highest of any team in the state, according to Cougars coach Kevin Casper, who said Random Lake and Fennimore are each sending nine. In his 30 years of coaching, he said the most Coleman has sent to state is 11.

Of the 10 qualifiers, six won their respective weight classes. Ray LeMieux, Chance Gruber, Will Bieber, Karson Casper, Sam Kuchta, Tyler Blanchard, Cole Klimek, John Bieber, Shamus McLain and Spencer Karban are all headed to Madison.

Of the Coleman wrestlers, John Bieber was perhaps the most dominant, though he wasn't alone in his dominance. Bieber, wrestling at 182, pinned all three of his opponents on the day, beating Shiocton's Jaden Dorn in 1 minute, 37 seconds, Weyauwega-Fremont's Ben Strehlow in 42 seconds and Rosholt's Reese Anderson in 3:40.

"Jonny is Jonny. He's a pinner and he showed it again on Saturday," Casper said. "He's wrestling like a man possessed right now and he's been on a tearer, so we're hoping he can continue that."

Bieber, a senior, missed state last season after qualifying as a sophomore and will be motivated to find himself on the podium come Saturday night.

McLain, wrestling at 195, made a big jump in weight heading into his senior season, but he's filled out every part of his frame with muscle heading into his fourth straight state appearance. He pinned Auburndale's Brice Theil in 38 seconds, topped state placewinner Isaac Banker 7-0 and beat state placewinner Sam Galoff of Brillion (43-5 on the year) in a 7-0 decision to win his weight class.

"He's built himself up to 195. He's worked hard at it and it shows. His dominance this year at 195 is amazing," Casper said, mentioning that McLain's goal is a state championship. "Shamus is looking really, really good, so I'm very happy for him."

Karson Casper was also fairly dominant, despite a tough weight class at 138.

"He probably had the toughest bracket of the whole sectional," his father, said. "There were six guys ranked in the top 10 as far as rankings go, so you knew three guys were going to be sitting home, and I was hoping one wasn't him. Obviously he wrestled really well."

Casper won his weight class after pinning Amherst's Landon Moe in 1:46 and Bonduel's Max Sokolski, who is 41-6 on the year, in 33 seconds. He finished the day with a 3-1 win over Auburndale's Dylan Baird, getting a takedown inside the final minute to take the 138-pound weight class.

Ray LeMieux, who wrestled as high as 120 this season, made state wrestling at 106. He could make a case for the most dominant Cougar of the day as well, as he pinned Reedsville's Sam Schmalz in a blur of just 11 seconds, beat Amherst's Talon Armatoski by 18-6 major decision and pinned Lena's Luke Misco in 1:02.

At the 106-pound weight class, LeMieux's frame serves him well.

"He's a tall, lanky wrestler and at 106, he's really looking good. He's got a lot of leverage on kids," Casper said.

On the other end of the weight class spectrum, Spencer Karban won the 285-pound weight class with two pins and a decision. He pinned Lena's Frank Desjarles in 2:38 and Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli's Derek Lockhart in 3:23. Things were a little closer in the championship, as he beat Amherst's John Farkas by a 3-2 decision.

"Spencer, as you know with heavyweights, it's being smart, wrestling smart, and when Spencer doesn't force things, he almost always comes out on top," Casper said.

Tyler Blanchard's state appearance is in doubt, despite winning the 160-pound weight class Saturday at sectionals. After pinning Auburndale's Cody Poeschel in 45 seconds and Shiocton's Dion Helser in 51 seconds, he took on Breed Shepard, Jr. of Crandon, who he had beaten last weekend at regionals.

About halfway through the second period, the match came to a halt with an illegal throw that popped Blanchard's shoulder out of place and ended the match on injury default. It gave Blanchard the win and first place in his weight class, but it cast a shade of doubt regarding his ability to give it a go at state this weekend.

"It didn't look good. It didn't look very good at all," Casper said of the shoulder injury. "We've just got to hope there's not anything real damaging, but we'll see. I know he wants to wrestle in the worst way. We'll see what the doctors have to say and go from there."

Chance Gruber, who has battled with LeMieux at the low weight classes this season for Coleman, took second at 113.

He pinned Lena's Dylan Comins in 1:06 to start. After a decision loss to Brillion's Grant Geiger, 3-1, he won three straight matches, one by pin, one by major decision and one by medical forfeit. His loss came in the final 30 seconds of the match to Geiger, who placed at state last season, so he'll feel confident heading into the weekend that he can right that ship and make a run.

Gruber, who took sixth at state last year, has wrestled up to 120 and 126 this year, but is wrestling at a more natural weight class now.

"He's probably at a weight class where he belongs, so to speak," Casper said. "He's going to see a lot more success at 113, which he showed in the sectionals, getting back to state."

Will Bieber, who has also fluctuated in a similar range but ended up at 126, followed a similar path to state. After a major decision win over Reedsville's Bryer Christel, 10-2, and a 4-1 decision loss, he stormed his way to state with three pins over Lena's Sam Marquardt in 1:08, Crnadon's Brett Palubicki in 5:29 and Southern Door's Griffin Slezewski in 50 seconds.

"He had a really good tournament. He dominated them. He wrestled very well and for a freshman to make it is always a bonus, so we're excited for him," Casper said.

Sam Kuchta (145) beat Mishicot's Kolton Tesarik by 13-4 major decision and Lena's Alex Decoursin in a 2:19 pin before a major decision loss to Brillion's Garnett Stebane, though it was closer than the 14-6 display on the scoreboard indicated, Casper said, adding that he hopes Kuchta gets another shot at Stebane this weekend.

"Stebane's a really physical kid and he fell behind early in the match," Casper said. Kuchta cut the lead to two points late, but he had to take some desperation shots that didn't pan out for him. He finished with a no contest against Tesarik to take second in the weight class.

Cole Klimek was second at 170. He beat Brillion's Garrett Kilgas 7-3 and pinned Oconto's Isaac Diaz in the semifinal for the Blue Devil's first loss of the season. He lost 5-2 to Rosholt's Adam Charnecke, but finished with a no contest, as it was Kilgas back on the schedule for him in the second-place match.

Casper said Klimek was able to wear Diaz down before pinning him in 4:48.

Casper lauded Klimek's wrestling against tough wrestlers, saying he wrestled a couple of smart matches.

Casper was as confident as ever in his wrestlers heading into state. They've cut their teeth against strong DI, DII and DIII opponents all season, preparing them as well as possible. Now, it's just about getting the job done.

"Like we tell our kids when we're preparing for regionals, sectionals and state, the competition we wrestle, I think is one of the toughest schedules of all divisions, so being now we're wrestling at the Division III level, they should never take a backseat to anybody," Casper said. "They've wrestled the best of the best all season long, so now it's time to show yourself. As far as who they've got, once they get down to state, they're all good or else they wouldn't be there, but I think they're all capable of hopefully coming away with some hardware."

For Coleman, youngsters John Nowak (120) and Lincoln Henry (132) did not place. Jakob Horton (152) went 2-2 with two pin victories but took fourth after a loss in the third-place match to Southern Door's Grant Englebert and Brody Zahn (220) was 1-2 with a decision loss in the third-place match as well.

Those four will be disappointed not to be competing at individual state this weekend, but there's still plenty to wrestle for, as Coleman heads to team state March 6th and 7th back in Madison.

Lena's Luke Misco will be joining the Cougars at state, with his only loss of the day coming against LeMieux of Coleman in the 106-pound weight class. Misco beat Pittsville's Peter Esser by 13-10 decision and Brillion's Trenton Nicklaus 21-8 to earn his spot in Madison.

Dylan Comins (113), Sam Marquardt (126), Alex Decoursin (145), Cody Dellise (160) and Frank Desjarles (285) also wrestled for Lena at sectionals but did not place.

Jaden Bemis will represent Crivitz at state after a third-place showing Saturday in Bonduel. He started the day with a pin over Asenex Turney of Menominee Indian in 3:54, but lost to John Farkas of Amherst in the semifinal. Working in the consolation semifinal, Bemis needed two wins to lock up a spot in state and he got them, pinning Southern Door's Brodie Overbeck in 3:02 and beating Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli's Derek Lockhart 12-3 in the third-place match.

Ezekial Lawrence (170) went 2-2 with a pin and a decision win but took fourth at 170, narrowly missing a spot at state. Dominic Thoreson went 1-2 to take fourth at the 113-pound weight class. Gruber knocked him out of state contention with a major decision win in the third-place match.

Tony Jopek (145) and John Danielson (220) did not place for the Wolverines.

Isaac Diaz (170) did not place for Oconto. He went 1-2 with a decision win and losses to Coleman's Klimek and Brillion's Kilgas in 4:48 and 4:56, respectively.


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