Sell, Ladd advance; Buechel drops state opener
PJ Ladd looks up at the clock
Area wrestlers won two of three matches on opening night of the WIAA Division Individual Wrestling Championships at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Matt Buechel attempts an escape from Monroe's Hayden Arneson
Chilton/Hilbert’s Abe Sell dominated from the start and pinned Mitchel Harmon of Bloomer/Colfax at 3:09 of their 132 pound first round match. That advances the Chilton junior to Friday morning’s quarterfinal against Jordan Sarver (40-4), a senior from Nekoosa/Wisconsin Rapids Assumption/Port Edwards.
Teammate PJ Ladd followed that up by pinning Viroqua’s Dalton Bernett at 3:49 in their 160 pound first round match. Ladd tangles with Anders Lantz (39-5) of Ellsworth in a Friday afternoon quarterfinal.
The unlucky one was New Holstein’s Matt Buechel. Buechel fell behind early against Hayden Arneson of Monroe and was pinned at 3:21. That ends Buechel’s season.