Colin Schubert of Southern Door and Luxemburg-Casco’s Newton Smerchek and Luke Destiche won State Championships at the WIAA Individual Tournament at the Kohl Center on Saturday Night.
Schubert won the Division 2 145 pound title with an 8-4 win over Andrew Philibeck of Freedom. Schubert also beat Jay Wallace of Kiel and Tyler Weyer of Baldwin-Woodville on Friday. Schubert joins Kevin Guilette and Joey Charles as Southern Door State Champions and finishes his career with a school record 149 wins.
Smerchek defended his Division 2 285 pound title when be pinned Brandon Elrick of Little Chute in 1:49. Smerchek was dominant in the postseason as he won six of his seven matches by pin. His only non-pin was a 3-2 decision over Garrett Cary of Big Foot/Williams Bay in the semi-finals on Friday. Smerchek wraps up a three run stretch where he went 143-9 with a runnerup finish in 2011 and State Titles in 2012 and 2013.
Luke Destiche improved on his 3rd place finish last year by winning the Division 2 220 pound championship with an 8-1 win over Reed Ambrosious of Freedom. Destiche also beat Taylor Flasch of Campbellsport and previously undefeated Austin Roberts of Rice Lake in the semi-finals on Friday. Destiche and Smerchek give Luxemburg-Casco 34 State Champions.
Jordan Pardowsky finished 2nd after a loss to Jacob Morrissey of Oconto Falls in the finals. Pardowsky had wins over Max Praschak of Somerset, Jordan Newman of St. John’s NW Military Academy and Hunter Colden of Brodhead/Juda.
Dan Dorner finished 4th in the Division 2 195 pound class when he lost to Scott Skornicka of Two Rivers. Dorner had wins over Daniel Dawley of Sparta, Austin Egge of Hayward and River Valley’s Zach Koch. He also lost to undefeated state champion Joey Dedick of East Troy.
The Spartans will look to defend their State Team title this weekend as they open against Ellsworth in the semi-finals at 1:00 Saturday at the UW-Fieldhouse in Madison.