Two wrestlers from the Bloomer/Colfax wrestling team wrestled at the WIAA D2 Sectional tournament at Neilsville on Saturday, Feb. 6. Bowen Rothbauer finished second at 152 pounds and moves on to the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Adams-Friendship High School. Due to COVID-19 each division tournament is at a different location.

Ethan Rubenzer also wrestled at sectionals at 160 lbs. He won his consolation round one match, beating Ben Peterson (Gale-Ett.-Tr./Mel.-Min.) by major decision, 12-1.


Rothbauer pinned Sam Murphy of Prescott in the quarterfinal match and won by decision (6-4) over Tanner Kaufman of Northwestern in the semifinals to advance to the first place match.

Against Payton Kostka of Regis/Altoona, Rothbauer fought hard but came up a couple points short, losing by a 4-5 decision. Rothbauer won the second place match over Sam Murphy of Prescott by no-contest to qualify for the state tournament.

Rothbauer finished third at the 2020 State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

WIAA D2 Sectional Tournament

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021

Neillsville High School

Individual Results


152–Quarterfinals - Bowen Rothbauer (Bloomer/Colfax) over Sam Murphy (Prescott) (Fall 1:30). Semifinals - Bowen Rothbauer (Bloomer/Colfax) over Tanner Kaufman (Northwestern) (Dec 6-4). First Place Match - Payton Kostka (Regis/Altoona) over Bowen Rothbauer (Bloomer/Colfax) (Dec 5-4). Second Place Match - Bowen Rothbauer (Bloomer/Colfax) over Sam Murphy (Prescott) (NC).

160–Quarterfinals - Brody Jepson (Spooner/Webster) over Ethan Rubenzer (Bloomer/Colfax) (Dec 8-1). Cons. Round 1 - Ethan Rubenzer (Bloomer/Colfax) over Ben Peterson (Gale-Ett.-Tr./Mel.-Min.) (MD 12-1). Cons. Semis - Braden Trautt (Northwestern) over Ethan Rubenzer (Bloomer/Colfax) (Fall 2:55). Fifth Place Match - Dane Luchterhand (Neillsville/Greenw./Loyal) over Ethan Rubenzer (Bloomer/Colfax) (UTB 3-2).