Kelly Paulsen just missed making state as the St. Lawrence Seminary wrestling team had three wrestlers compete Saturday in the WIAA Division 2 Individual Sectional at Milwaukee Lutheran. Paulsen, a native of Baldwin, Wis., went 2-2 at the 285 pound weight class and lost his match for the final berth to state to a familiar foe.

Jon Roll of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove pinned Paulsen in the match for third place at the 1:45 mark a week after beating Paulsen for the regional title. Paulsen was trying to become the second SLS wrestler to make WIAA state. Joseph Nguyen was the only other Hilltopper to do so. Nguyen was a place finisher in 2013.
Paulsen pinned Tevin Smith of Waukesha Catholic Memorial at 4:21 in the quarterfinals before losing by pin to Ripon’s Cody Jacobson in the semifinals. He came back to score a 12-2 major decision over Scott klemme of Sheboygan Falls to set up his final match. He was 17-7 this season.
Jonathan Hinesh went 0-2 at 170 pounds and Daniel Trinh lost his only match of the day at 106 for St. Lawrence.

Dodgeland edges SLS in hoops
In a see-saw basketball affair last week in Juneau, host Dodgeland nipped the Hilltoppers 61-59 despite 17 points from JP Ajide and 11 points and six assists from Isai Luevano. Juan Zuniga-Martinez hit on a pair of three-point baskets as SLS held a 33-28 halftime lead. Coach Dave Bartel said it was a hard loss: “Tough game to lose, but neither team was able to get much of a lead throughout. We would go up by 4 or 6, they would come back and go up. It was back and forth much of the night. At the end, we could not come up with the big shot or stop that we needed. Our defense needs to be more consistent, we play tough and then have a mental breakdown which leads to an easy basket. We also need to get tougher on the boards. We need to box out better, get more fundamnental.”