Kristian Schlicht

Heavyweight Kristian Schlicht took first place at the WIAA Division 1 boys wrestling tournament in Sun Prairie. The Monona Grove/McFarland competitor was among seven team members to advance to this week's sectional round.  (Photo by Jeff Seisser)

Hard-working heavyweight Kristian Schlicht ended up as the man on top in the Feb. 15 WIAA Division 1 boys wrestling regionals at Sun Prairie. The competitor for the Monona Grove/McFarland co-op nabbed first place in the 285-pound division after defeating Garner Simmons of Oconomowoc in a 4-1 decision. Schlicht, who finished fourth in the 2019 regionals to advance to sectionals, will enter this year’s sectionals with a 34-9 record. Six other MGM wrestlers also advanced to the sectional round after showings of fourth place or better in their weight classes.

Freshman Jaden Denman took fourth at 113 pounds despite losing his third-place match to Alex Yelk of Sun Prairie in a fall at 2:15. Denman’s teammate, freshman Blare Wood, also captured fourth place in the 120-pound bracket after missing out on a third-place finish to Kettle Moraine’s Luke Garvens in a 2-0 decision.

Freshman Cade Rux advanced to the sectionals after winning third place at 132 pounds over Charlie Weber of Kettle Moraine in a 12-4 major decision.

In the 152-pound class, Zachary Gunderson will make a return trip to the sectionals after defeating Seth Niday of Oregon in the second-place match. Gunderson has a 36-6 record this season.

At 182 pounds, Connor Frasier captured third place after winning a 7-2 decision over Tyler Wald of Oregon.

In the 220-pound division, MGM’s Guenther Switzer also ended up third after defeating Blaine Moore of Sun Prairie in a fall at 3:07.

Monona Grove/McFarland finished the regional in fifth place with 113 team points. Stoughton was first with 273, and Fort Atkinson was second with 180.5.

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