Stoughton’s wrestling team earned honorable mentions in the latest Division 1 wrestling rankings.
The Vikings were ranked # 10 in previous rankings, but have fallen to HM status. Kaukauna – who beat Stoughton in the state final last season – are the state’s current No.1 team. Wisconsin Rapids has dropped from 5th to 2nd place in the most recent rankings.
Badger East Conference rival Milton is the No.6 team in the state’s Division 1. The Red Hawks defeated the Vikings 42-34 in a conference duel on December 17. The other teams joining Stoughton as honorable mentions are River Falls, Shawano and Hudson.
The Vikings have six individual wrestlers ranked in Division 1, two of whom are No.1. Both senior Nicolar Rivera (132) and junior Griffin Empey (285) are ranked No.1 in their respective weight classes and are undefeated this year. season. Empey is 23-0 and Rivera is 22-0.
Sophomore Cole Sarbacker was the No. 1 wrestler in 138 before dropping back down to No. 3 in the most recent rankings. Senior Trenton Dow is ranked as the No. 6 wrestler at 152 pounds. Other wrestlers ranked at Stoughton include junior Chance Suddeth (# 7-126) and sophomore Beckett Spilde (HM at 220). No.1 Kaukauna has seven wrestlers classified in Division 1.