Kettle Moraine heavyweight Alex Cochrane shocked those still on hand at the Oconomowoc High School field house Saturday, pinning Breyon Cosey of Waukesha West in a mere 16 seconds to earn one of several wrestling state tournament berths among local teams.
Cochrane, who fell to Cosey twice via pin in the regular season, caught the conference champ Cosey on a throw and pinned him in the first period of the wrestleback portion at the WIAA Division 1 sectional. Top two finishers in each weight class earn berths at next weekend's tourney in Madison, and Cochrane's victory gave him the necessary second place.
It was a thrilling finish to a day that featured many others headed through to the Kohl Center.
Kettle Moraine -- Jacob Laux destroyed the competition at 215 pounds, pinning Cody Ybarra of Waukesha North to take first place. Ranked No. 2 in the state, Laux swept three matches with a major decision and two pins. Dilan White, a sophomore at 145 pounds, fell short in his wrestleback.
Oconomowoc -- Zach Mommaerts qualiifed for the third time in his high school career by winning the 125-pound bracket convincingly, defeating Justin Wolfenden of Brookfield East in the final, 10-2. He'll be joined at state by sophomore brother Taylor Mommaerts and senior Jake Morrison. Taylor will make his second straight visit after winning at 135 pounds, topping state-ranked Zach Brucker of New Berlin in the final, 5-2. Morrison fell to Jordan Lau of Muskego in the finals at 140 but took second place and qualified for the first time in his four-year career.
Mukwonago -- Running low on energy, 189-pounder Damon King still held on for victory in his wrestleback over Nick Wall of Waukesha West, 10-4, good for second place and a state berth. Jordan Gruettner of Muskego won the flight with a 26-13 win over King in the finals. He'll be one of three Indians in the state field -- Ryan Aprahamian went untested at 152 and Hank Mattson became the second freshman in school history to qualify by winning the title at 119.
Arrowhead -- At the Hartford sectional, Arrowhead came away with a hefty haul of six qualiifers. Jake Sueflohn and Al Yde took their customary positions atop the podium with wins at 135 and 160, and Shane Hughes continued a marvelous run of late-season wrestling by defeating West Allis Central's Dan Diebitz for the second time in five days in the wrestleback portion. Diebitz carried a 39-1 record into the team sectional Tuesday, when Hughes scored a 1-point victory, and this time Hughes won a 5-3 decision to take second place. Davion Willis, whom Hughes defeated at the regional, pinned Hughes in the finals round. Mitchell Berenz at 130 won a thriller in the wrestleback to make his first trip to state. The freshman defeated Mason McMullen of Wisconsin Lutheran, 13-11. Adam Yde (119) and Mark Landsgaard (103) both made the finals and took second place.
Sussex Hamilton -- Matt Blackwell emerged as the Chargers' lone state qualiifer by taking second place at 215 pounds. A 4-3 semifinals win over Eric Zeitler of Wisconsin Lutheran pushed Blackwell into the semifinals. Aaron Fiss, twice before a state qualiifer, lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Darvel Winfrey of Wisco in the semifinals and did not earn a wrestleback.
Pewaukee -- In Division 2 at Milwaukee Lutheran, Pewaukee came away with two sectional champs and eight state qualiifers, with top-three place finish earning qualifying berths. Max Nonnamaker (119) and Mitch Teeters (119) reached the top of the podium, and six others advanced to the Kohl Center -- Kent Girmscheid (215), Travis Decker (171), Nathan Knutson (160), Mike Dusel (145), Chris Czech (135) and Josh Berg (125).
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