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Monroe has 4 left with title hopes
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REEDSBURG - Four Monroe wrestlers are still in contention for a championship at the Badger Conference wrestling tournament.

After the first day of the tournament Friday night, Monroe junior Dylan Schwitz at 145 pounds, senior Mason Goff (152), senior Dillon Weckerly (171) and junior heavyweight Nick Walker have punched their tickets into the semifinals.

Schwitz pinned Waunakee's Rick Grulke in 50 seconds. Schwitz will wrestle Oregon's David Beers in the semifinals.

Goff pinned Reedsburg's Joe Siber in 1:57. He will wrestle DeForest's Bryar Harper in the semifinals. Weckerly pulled out a nail biter to beat Waunakee's Devon Maly 3-1 in overtime and will face a tough challenge as he will wrestle Sauk Prairie senior James Wixom, who is a three-time state qualifer in the semifinals.

Walker beat Mount Horeb's Justin Lund 5-2 to earn a trip to the semfinals where he will wrestle Jordan Mukite.

The Cheesemakers have four other wrestlers still alive for potential third place medals at their respective weight classes including freshman Kevin Klopfenstein (119), sophomore Cody Stamm (125) senior Josh Mayer (189) and senior Cory Kundert (215).

After a bye, Klopfenstein lost to Kolt Bode 9-4. He rebounded and pinned Fort Atkinson's Sean Staude in 2:12.

Stamm pinned Madison Edgewood's Matt Pulvermacher in 3:15 in his first match and then lost 18-4 to Stoughton's Ben Hite. He followed that up by beating Sauk Prairie's Dallas Breuning 7-0.

Mayer lost 3-2 to Reedsburg's Keith Craker, but after a bye he's still alive for a third place medal. Kundert lost to Baraboo's Adair Ebright 12-2.

Freshman Aaron Hesgard was pinned by Milton's John Wells and then lost in the wrestlebacks.