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State wrestling roundup (Feb. 22): Huskies’ Phillips picks up pair of wins, now two victories from first state title

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    Eau Claire North’s Mason Phillips celebrates his 7-1 decision over Holmen’s Tanner Schultz on Thursday in a Division 1 138-pound quarterfinal at the WIAA wrestling individual state championships at the Kohl Center in Madison.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Homestead's Jacob Zupke (left) blocks a takedown attempt by Chippewa Falls' Jared Woodhull (right) during a division one 182-pound match Thursday, February 22, 2017 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Zupke would win 7-1.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Pewaukee's Jacob Sklenar (red) controls Eau Claire Memorial's Levi Smith during a division one 170-pound match Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Sklenar defeated Smith 7-5.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Eau Claire Memorial's Levi Smith attempt to turn Pewaukee's Jacob Sklenar (red) during a division one 170-pound match Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Sklenar defeated Smith 7-5.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Pewaukee's Jacob Sklenar (red) rolls Eau Claire Memorial's Levi Smith during a division one 170-pound match Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Sklenar defeated Smith 7-5.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Eau Claire North's Mason Phillips controls Holmen's Tanner Schultz during his 7-1 victory Thursday, February 22, 2018 during the division one 138-pound quarterfinals at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Cadott's Brady Spaeth (gold singlet) takes Athens' Klay Ellenbecker to the mat during their division three 152-pound opening-round match in the state individual wrestling tournament Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Spaeth would win by major decision 11-2.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Cadott's Andrew Gunderson (gold singlet) pinned Boscobel's Dakota Frazier in 4:40 during their division three 138-pound opening-round match in the state individual wrestling tournament Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Here, he handles Frazier during the first period of their match.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Cadott's Andrew Gunderson works toward a pin against Boscobel's Dakota Frazier during their division three 138-pound opening-round match in the state individual wrestling tournament Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Gunderson would win by pin in 4:40.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Cadott's Andrew Gunderson works toward a pin against Boscobel's Dakota Frazier during their division three 138-pound opening-round match in the state individual wrestling tournament Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Gunderson would win by pin in 4:40.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Edgar's William Raatz (left) gets in on the legs of Durand's Dalton Hartung during their division three 182-pound opening-round match in the state individual wrestling tournament Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Raatz would win by major decision 9-1.

    Photo by Derek Montgomery

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    Mondovi's Bryce Johnson (top) works from the top against Bonduel's Jacob Banker during their division three 182-pound opening-round match in the state individual wrestling tournament Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Banker would win 6-0.

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For the first time since his freshman year, Eau Claire North senior Mason Phillips will wrestle in the state semifinals today at the WIAA wrestling individual state championships at the Kohl Center in Madison.

On Thursday, Phillips, wrestling at 138 pounds, opened with a third-period pin of Appleton North’s Brytton Goymerac and then scored a 7-1 decision over Holmen’s Tanner Schultz in the quarterfinals. Phillips placed fifth as a freshman at 106, fourth at 113 as a sophomore and fourth again as a junior last year at 126. He’ll wrestle Pewaukee’s Eric Halvorson in tonight’s Division 1 semifinals.

Schultz had previously handed Phillips a loss, one of just two on the year, in the championship match of the Bi-State Classic on Dec. 31 at the La Crosse Center. Phillips had a third-period lead before Schultz was injured on what was deemed an illegal throw.

Joining Phillips will be a pair of River Falls wrestlers — senior Mitchell Williamson and junior Nathan Fuller. At 285, Williamson scored a 39-second pin and a then a decision to advance to the semifinals. Fuller, at 152, opened with a technical fall and then advanced on a tiebreaker against Sauk Prairie’s Bryant Schaaf.

At 170, Eau Claire Memorial junior Levi Smith dropped a 7-5 decision to Pewaukee’s Jacob Sklenar in the preliminaries, but Sklenar’s quarterfinal sent Smith to the consolation bracket. He’ll face Wilmot Union’s Hunter Valach this morning.

At 182, Chippewa Falls’ Jared Woodhull lost a decision and saw his state tournament come to an end.

In Division 2 preliminaries, Daniel Chuchwar (182) and Justis Knutson (220) both advanced to today’s quarterfinals for Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, as did Barron’s Tristan Massie (145) and Baldwin-Woodville’s Alex McCray (126).

In Division 3, the Cadott trio of Bailey Gillett (132), Andrew Gunderson (138) and Brady Spaeth (152) all moved on to the quarterfinals. 

Reid Olson (132) and Gio Torres (195) both advanced for Cumberland, as did Boyceille’s Walker Retz (113).

Sectional winners in Divisions 2 and 3 will hit the mat for the first time this morning.


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