Senior meets Milton's Johnson in 171-pound final on Saturday
Larry Watson of Brookfield East got an early lead and held on to defeat Ryan Cone of Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 4-3 on Friday and advance to 171-pound championship match at the WIAA state wrestling tournament. Watson (41-7) faces Milton junior Ian Johnson (36-4) in the title match at the Kohl Center. The Spartans' other semifinal representative, Tyler Lecher, was pinned in 3:53 by unbeaten Muskego junior Jordan Gruettner in the 215-pound bracket. Lecher, also a senior, is 45-4. He wrestlers Grant Schindler of Chippewa Falls in the consolation bracket at 11 a.m. Saturday. In the consolation bracket, Keith Day of Brookfield Central pinned Danny Krause of Germantown and then lost 5-2 to Brandon Capetillo of Sheboygan South.
Brookfield East and Central wrestlers had a good showing on the first day of the state meet in Madison.
Brookfield East advanced two wrestlers into the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals on Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Larry Watson, a senior, beat Quinn Faust of Mount Horeb/Barneveld 3-2 in his opening match at 171 pounds, then came back a couple hours later and recorded a 16-9 decision over Luke Roffers of Fond du Lac. Watson (40-7) meets Ryan Cone (38-12) from powerhouse Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln on Friday in the semifinals. His Spartan classmate, Tyler Lecher, posted a pair of victories at 215 pounds to reach the semifinals. He topped Erik Vruwink of Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 16-10 and followed up with a 3-2 decision over Brett Geilenfeldt of Marquette High School, improving his record to 45-3. Lecher's reward on Friday is a date …