CADOTT, WI – Spring Valley senior Kenny Fesenmaier has been part of some incredible wrestling teams in his four years. The senior has been to the state team tournament, but hasn’t made it past WIAA Regionals, until this year.

Not only did Fesenmaier earn the trip to the WIAA Sectional this Saturday at Independence for the first time, he goes as a Regional Champion, having captured first place.

Fesenmaier isn’t alone in representing the Cardinals, sophomore Brayden Wolf took second place at 138 pounds and freshman Kaleb Casey also took second place at 106 pounds.

The Spring Valley-Elmwood team finished in third place out of six teams. Only the Regional team champion advances to the team sectional match. Boyceville won the team event with a score of 234.5, narrowly beating out higher ranked host Cadott with 227 points. The Cardinals had 133 points, followed by Clear Lake (102), Glenwood City (102) and Cornell/Gillman (75).

Fesenmaier earned a bye in his first match, won by fall in his second match over Dakota Dean-Immerman of Glenwood City in the first period, then won in sudden victory in the first place match over Gavin Tegels of Cadott, 4-2. Fesenmaier’s experience helped as Tegels is only a freshman, who took second place and will also compete at Sectionals.

Casey won his semifinal match over Logan Harel of Cadott with a 7-0 decision, but suffered a major decision loss to Josiah Berg of Boyceville 12-1, Berg is currently ranked 8th in the state while Casey received honorable mention honors. Casey then won by fall over Brooks Kraus of Cornell/Gilman in the first period to secure his trip to Sectionals.

Wolf also had a good day of wrestling. The sophomore won by fall in the first period of the semifinal match over Tyler Matherne of Cadott, then wrestled extremely well against Boyceville’s Nick Goodell, who moved down a weight class for the tournament. Wolf forced the ranked wrestler into overtime and then sudden victory overtime, where he lost. Because he had already beaten Matherne, he won by rule the second place wrestleback and earned the right to advance to the sectional meet on Saturday.

The Sectionals are being held at Independence High School with the first matches starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The top three finishers in the sectionals earn the right to make the trip to Madison for the WIAA State Tournament next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.