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Delsman's all-time wrestling team grapples with the greats

Swick, Hucke among best in area history

Jan. 9, 2013

Lake Country has made its mark over the years in WIAA state high school wrestling. Wrestlers from Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine and Pewaukee have combined to win 22 individual state championships since 1971.

Arrowhead has won the most state titles (15), Kettle Moraine has captured five titles and Pewaukee has two.

Arrowhead and Pewaukee have both qualified for the prestigious WIAA state team tournament several times, and while neither has been able to win a team state title, both the Warhawks and Pirates have advanced to the finals.

The Arrowhead program began in 1963 with Russ Wirnsbeger as coach, and that was followed by Kettle Moraine starting its program in 1965 with coach Fred Lehrke. Pewaukee started its wrestling program in 1968 with coach George McCombe. The WIAA first sponsored the sport in 1940.

Dennis Pike of Kettle Moraine won the 126-pound championship at the UW Field House in Madison in 1971. Pike finished the year with a 27-4 record and scored the first area state title.

The second state crown came in 1978 when Arrowhead's Bob Hackbart won the 167-pound title with a perfect 28-0 record - the first undefeated season in area history.

Pewaukee's first state championship came in 1994 when Chris McIntosh won the heavyweight title his junior year. McIntosh went 36-0 that season.

Eric Swick of Kettle Moraine won titles in three different weight classes (152, 160, 171) from 1994-96 and finished his career with 111 consecutive victories, the longest winning streak in Lake Country history.

Nick Hucke of Arrowhead also was a three-time state champion. He won titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in three different weight classes (125, 130, 135).

Ben Askren won state crowns in 2000 and 2001 (130, 152) and Jake Sueflohn won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011 (135, 140).

Six wrestlers also have finished the year with undefeated records. Swick did it three times, Hucke twice and Max Askren of Arrowhead, Brad Russell of Kettle Moraine and Brad Yde of Arrowhead once.

Swick lost his first-round match at the WIAA state tournament in 1993 and then rallied to take fifth place by winning his final three matches in Madison. He then went undefeated the next three years. Hucke closed out his career with 101 straight victories.

The Lake Country Reporter has been covering high school wrestling on a regular basis for the last 44 years. Take a look at our all-time wrestling team:

106 Pounds - Richie Dunn

Arrowhead's Dunn won the state championship in 2004 and finished the year with a 41-5 record. He's the area's only wrestler in this weight class to have won a state crown.

113 Pounds - Andrew Crone

This spot goes to a wrestler who's still competing at Arrowhead. Crone won the state title at 103 in 2011 and last year made it back to state at 112. Crone is one of the favorites to win another state title this season.

120 Pounds - Buck Konkol

Somehow a state championship eluded Kettle Moraine's Konkol in his stellar four-year varsity career. Konkol qualified for the state meet four straight years and never failed to make it out of the first round. Konkol ended his outstanding run with a four-year record of 147-15.

126 Pounds - Brad Russell

Kettle Moraine's Russell capped his outstanding four-year varsity career for the Lasers by winning a state championship in 1998 in the 125-pound class. Russell was a perfect 40-0 that year. Russell also took third the following year. At one stretch, he won 77 straight matches and finished his career with a 145-9 mark.

132 Pounds - Nick Hucke

He's the obvious choice in this weight class, capping of his brilliant career by winning three consecutive state championships. He won titles in 2006 at 125, 2007 at 130 and 2008 at 135. His last two years he finished with an 88-0 mark and won his final 101 matches.

138 Pounds - Jake Sueflohn

Sueflohn also had a bigcareer for the Warhawks, winning consecutive championships in his final two years, 2010 and 2011. Sueflohn won in 2011 in the 140-pound class with a 49-0 mark. His final two years, he finished with a 97-1 record.

145 Pounds - Chris Borchardt

The Arrowhead standout grabbed this spot as he finished his high school career in 2000 by winning the state title with a 39-1 record. He also finished second the year before, compiling a solid 75-3 record in his final two seasons.

152 Pounds - Ben Askren

The most decorated of all high school wrestlers from the area, Askren won back-to-back state titles in 2000 and 2001 for Arrowhead. He most likely would have won a third state crown in 2002 but wrestled on a broken leg that year and lost in the semi-finals. Askren closed out his career with a high school mark of 150-8. He went on to win two NCAA national championships at the University of Missouri and went on to compete in the Olympics.

160 Pounds - Eric Swick

With his three state championships, Swick is arguably the best high school wrestler the area has ever had. He won state crowns in 1994, 1995 and 1996. To close out his career, Swick won the state championship by pinning Waukesha North's Dan Zirbel in just 58 seconds, the fastest pin that year in all of the state title matches. He finished his career with the best local mark ever, 135-2, going undefeated his final three seasons. He won his last 111 matches. One of his losses came to eventual state champion Todd Stimac of Antigo in 1993.

170 Pounds - Bob Hackbart

Arrowhead's Hackbart won the state title in 1978 in the 167-pound class. Hackbart became the first undefeated wrestler in local history that year by going 28-0.

185 Pounds - Mike Shifferd

This spot came down to a couple of brothers from Arrowhead, Chuck and Mike Shifferd. Chuck won a state title in 1985 by finishing with a 31-1 record. But that was his only state appearance. Mike Shifferd ended up grabbing this spot as he closed out his four-year varsity career by making three consecutive state tournament appearances, finishing third and sixth. His career record for the Warhawks was 106-20.

195 Pounds - Max Askren

The Arrowhead standout won his only state crown in 2005 when he finished with an unblemished mark of 48-0. But in his four years at AHS, Askren put together a brilliant mark of 163-10. Like his brother, he also won a NCAA national championship while at the University of Missouri.

Heavyweight - Chris McIntosh

The Pewaukee grappler and former Wisconsin Badgers football All-American and first-round NFL draft choice (Seattle Seahawks) takes the heavyweight spot. In 1994, McIntosh put together the best record in Pewaukee history by winning the state title with a 36-0 mark.

Other state champs

Josh Mohr - The Pewaukee wrestler won the state championship in 2009 in the 189-pound class. His record that year was 45-5.

Adam Yde - Yde, a member of the high successful Yde wrestling family at Arrowhead, won the state title in 2011 in the 125-pound division and finished the year with a 40-8 record.

Chuck Shifferd - He won the state title in 1985 in his only state tournament appearance. He finished the year with a 31-1 mark.

Brad Yde - Brad won the first Yde state title in 1990 in the 160-pound class with a 33-0-1 record.

Dennis Pike - Pike won the first state title in Lake Country history. Pike won that crown in 1971 when he took the 126-pound title with a 27-4 record.

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