The Badger High School wrestling team may currently be defunct, adrift in its offseason hiatus, but that doesn’t mean Lake Geneva is without youngsters grappling on the mat.
This past weekend the Badger Youth Wrestling Club took its talents to Oconomowoc to compete in the regional tournament, an event fielding more than 450 youth wrestlers from across the state.
And even with scores of tiny tusslers to contend with, the Badgers ensured that they were not overlooked with a series of noteworthy performances.
By day’s end, Badger qualified 10 wrestlers for the state tournament, held in Madison on March 24-25.
In the boys division, two-time defending state champion Logan Clausen is shooting for the three-peat as he again looks to defend his title.
Brody Toledo will also be making a return trip to the state tournament this year, as well.
And three more Badger boys will be making their state debut, as Austin Cocroft, Christian Wolff and Ethan Callahan “qualified for the first of hopefully many future trips to Madison,” a press release states.
Jason Toflinski will also serve as an alternate at state after placing third at regionals, with the press release adding that all of the boys are excited for the opportunity to take the mat at the Alliant Center.
But they aren’t the only ones, as the Badgers also boast five girls who qualified for the upcoming tournament.
Defending state champion Carley Ceshker is preparing to repeat last year’s title run, despite moving up an age division this year.
Ceshker will be making her third appearance at state and coming along with her will be Ella Creighten.
Brynn Engel and Teagen Clausen will also be making their first trek to Madison to participate in the state tournament “and hope to make a statement on the mat,” the press release stated.
Eighth-grader Emilee Booker also qualified for the state tournament, but is choosing to wrestle in Oklahoma at an all girl’s national tournament next weekend instead.