Stoughton’s Rivera, Memorial’s Reetz among big winners at WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Wrestlers compete at WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament


Championship Saturday at the Kohl Center did not disappoint at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. 14 wrestlers from southwest and central Wisconsin aiming for state crowns in their respective weight classes.

At 106 pounds, Rhett Koenig of Prairie du Chien won with a takedown, while Stoughton’s Nicolar Rivera won for the second year in a row. He competed at 106 pounds last year, but won at 120 pounds this year.

Cash Stewart from Poynette also competing at 120 pounds. He earned a state title with a takedown late in the third, then an escape in the tiebreaker.

Alex Birchman represented Fennimore at 132 pounds in Division 3. He won by decision after putting his opponent on his back.

Madison Memorial’s Kaden Reetz competed in 152 pounds in Division 1. After a takedown, he won the Spartans’ first wrestling championship in 33 years.

Nolan Springer with an entertaining matchup at 160 pounds, getting the crowd involved after a pin in the first period.

Brooks Empey competing at 220 pounds, representing Stoughton. He pinned his opponent in 28 seconds. Even more impressive – Empey pinned every single opponent he faced at state this weekend.