College wrestling programs across the nation held their first official practices this week. In total, 44 former Wisconsin high school wrestlers are on NCAA Division 1 rosters.
The University of Wisconsin boasts the highest number of Wisconsin natives with 17 (which is just under its five-year average of 17.2). North Dakota State is tops among the remaining schools with five products from the Badger State on its roster.
Both Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) and Oconto Falls High School produced three active Division 1 grapplers, the most of any high school in the state. Amery and Ellsworth each have two alumni at the highest level of collegiate folkstyle wrestling. No other school in the state has more than two.
A complete listing can be found below:
Big Ten (29)
Wisconsin (17): Devin Bahr (West Salem); Andrew Crone (Arrowhead); Ian Dretzka (Kettle Moraine); Gabriel Grahek (Marquette); Jackson Hemauer (DeForest); Jens Lantz (Ellsworth), Seth Liegel (River Valley); Cole Martin (Lancaster); JJ McClelland (Viroqua); Garrett Model (Stoughton); Eric Peissig (Menomonie); Mason Reinhardt (Merrill); Jared Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie); Patrick Spray (Wisconsin Rapids); Jake Stilling (Elkhorn); Ben Stone (Cumberland); Brady Wetter (Dodgeville)
Ohio State (3): Brady Koontz (SPASH); Dylan Koontz (SPASH); Fritz Schierl (SPASH)
Minnesota (3): Hunter Marko (Amery); Dalton Lunde (Royall); Dylan Anderson (Hudson)
Purdue (2): Jacob Morrissey (Oconto Falls); Ben Thornton (La Crosse Central)
Iowa (2): Tristan McDonald (Lodi); Jeremiah Moody (Cambridge)
Nebraska (1): Beau Breske (Hartford)
Northwestern (1): Jason Ipsarides (Cedarburg)
Big 12 (8)
North Dakota State (5): Paul Bianchi (Two Rivers); Mitch Friedman (Oconto Falls); August Peplinksi (Wittenberg-Birnamwood); Nate Smith (Mukwonago); Joe Umlauf (Wausau West)
Wyoming (2): Ben Hornickle (Burlington), Dewey Krueger (Oconto Falls)
South Dakota State (1): Anders Lantz (Ellsworth)
Central Michigan (2): Newton Smerchek (Luxemburg-Casco); Brock Bergelin (Denmark)
Missouri (1): Jacob Raschka (Pewaukee)
Eastern Michigan (1): Mason Kauffman (Stratford)
Northern Illinois (1): Jose Acosta (Manitowoc Lincoln)
Pitt (1): Robert Lee (Kaukauna)
Army (1): Bennett Paulson (Amery)
Pac 12 (0)