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
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).