photo courtesy of Herald Times Reporter; HRTNews.com
Yesterday we unveiled our first high school state tournament recap of the year and today, we have another. Wisconsin held their state championship last weekend and there was plenty to talk about coming away from the event. The biggest upset of the state tournament season took place along with a few breakout performances from stud freshmen.
Like many other state tournaments around the nation, the Wisconsin event was different from years past. Instead of housing all three classifications under one roof at the Kohl Center in Madison, each division had its tournament separate from each other at a high school.
Wisconsin is a state that produced some elite collegiate competitors from 2007-2016 (Ben and Max Askren, Cole Konrad, Alex Dieringer, Trevor Brandvold, Craig Henning, and Matt Pell), but they have dropped off sharply since. No Wisconsin native has earned DI All-American honors since Dieringer’s graduation in 2016. That year, Alex was one of only two national qualifiers for the state. There is room to be optimistic as there has been a renewed sense of excitement around the state with Chris Bono's arrival in 2019.
Each state has its own unique way of conducting its state tournament. Wisconsin keeps a team score at their individual state tournament, but the actual team titles are awarded this week in a dual format.
We’ve combed through the brackets and found some interesting items from the 2021 Wisconsin Individual State Championships, along with state champions and wrestlers that achieved significant milestones.
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