The Prescott High School Wrestling Team will take part in one of the toughest regional meets in WIAA Division 2 Saturday at Baldwin-Woodville High School in Baldwin. Action begins at 10:30 a.m.
The meet features two ranked teams, No. 1 Ellsworth and the host school, No. 8 Baldwin-Woodville. It also includes many individually ranked wrestlers. This includes Prescott’s Joe Schulte, who moved up to No. 4 in the state in Division 2 at 220 pounds after winning the Middle Border Conference title over defending state champion Ryan Larson of St. Croix Central last weekend.
“The more you wrestle someone, the more you learn,” PHS head coach Joradn Poirier said. “Every time Joe wrestles Larson he continues to get better against him. Joe has put in a lot of work these past couple of weeks to only beat him but to beat everyone in the regional and sectional. Joe needs to keep putting in good practices and mentally preparing himself for this week. ”
Other ranked wrestlers in this regional meet include B-W’s Jacek Nickowski, No. 1 at 120 pounds, Ellsworth’s Bailey Poellinger, honorable mention 120 pounds; B-W’s Jordan Bonte, No. 5 at 126; Ellsworth’s Jon Cain, No.7 at 126; Ellsworth’s Charlie Stuhl, No. 4 at 132; Bloomer/Colfax’s Sawyer Best, No. 6 at 132; Eau Claire Regis/Altoona’s Tyler Srp, No. 10 at 132; Bloomer/Colfax’s Mitchell Harmon, No. 8 at 138; Ellsworth’s Carter Huppert, No. 10 at 138; Ellsworth’s Jared Lansing, No. 5 at 145; Ellsworth’s Sawyer Hamilton, No. 6 at 152; Regis/Altoona’s Payton Kostka, honorable mention 152; Ellsworth’s Cedric Kosnopfal, No. 2 at 160; Ellsworth’s Jared Toenjes, honorable mention 170; B-W’s Blaine Guthrie, No. 5 at 182; Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek’s Bret Kostka, No. 9 at 182 and Ellsworth’s Logan Peterson, No. 7 at 220 but who is rumored to be heading up to heavyweight.
Prescott will looked to improve upon their disappointing performance at the MBC meet having more wrestlers compete and avoiding being squeezed out by Ellsworth and B-W wrestlers.
“The best way to not get squeezed out is to beat these good kids,” Poirier said. “This week is all about mentally preparing ourselves for doing exactly that. This regional definitely has gotten tougher in the past couple of years, it definitely has some pretty deep weights. If you make it out of this regional you have a really good shot at doing well in the tournament series.”
The top two wrestlers in each weight class advance to the individual sectional meet next Saturday in Neillsville. The top team advances to the team sectional meet in Osceola next Tuesday.