State Wrestlers

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Prairie du Chien's Traeton Saint works for the power-half to turn his opponent. (Photo by Stacie Roen of K&S Photography)

Prairie du Chien’s Stephen Ronnfeldt looks to go on the offensive while on top of Wrightstown’s Matt Van Eperen during the 195-pound quarterfinal match Friday morning. (Photo by Nate Beier)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler ties up with Random Lake’s Ben Drenski during the 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday morning. Wheeler won by fall to move on to the semifinals, eventually finishing fifth overall. (Photo by Nate Beier)


Area wrestlers 

at Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Two Prairie du Chien wrestlers and one from River Ridge-Cassville competed in the State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday and Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison. 

Prairie freshman Traeton Saint, wrestling at 132 pounds in Division 2, lost 5-3 to junior Tanner Deist (41-11) of Wautoma-Wild Rose in his first round match. Saint ended his season with a 40-10 record. It is the most wins ever by a Prairie du Chien freshman.

Stephen Ronnfeldt, a Prairie du Chien junior wrestling at 195 pounds in Division 2, beat Chris Storandt (37-10), an East Troy junior, 3-2 in his first round match on Thursday night.

Mathew Van Eperen, a senior from Wrightstown then pinned Ronnfeldt in 5:53 in the quarter finals on Friday. The match was tied 5-5 with 17 seconds remaining when Van Eperen (31-17) got the pin with a nice move from the bottom.

In the consolation semifinal, Hayden Arneson (34-8), a senior from Monroe, defeated Ronnfeldt 8-5. Ronnefeldt ended his junior season with a 40-10 record.

Ben Wheeler, a junior from River Ridge-Cassville wrestling at 285 pounds in Division 3, pinned Ben Drenski (22-9), a senior from Random Lake in 4:56 in the quarterfinal match on Friday.

In the championship semifinals, Donavan Salewski (39-0) from Coleman, defeated Wheeler 4-2. Salewski went on to become state champion.

Wheeler ended his season with a 37-12 record.

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