Freedom Irish Invitational

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The following write up was written by Hortonville Coach Chris Gennerich.  HIs team has been attending this tournament for many years.  Sorry about the format, I copied and pasted from word.

As a lifetime Wisconsin Resident and lifelong wrestling fan certain High Schools are synonymous for rich wrestling traditions. One of those high school at the top of the list is Freedom High School. The Irish Wrestling program is a perennial powerhouse in the State of Wisconsin, always a top contender to compete for the division II State title, as well as to be heavily represented at the individual State tournament. It's no wonder then that when the Irish host an invitational you can count on them doing it right.  Want to watch some great wrestling in a small gym setting, then the Irish gymnasium in Freedom should be your destination for Saturday, January 15th, 2022.

The 49th annual Irish Invitational will be loaded with not only State ranked talent, but nationally ranked talent as well!! Nineteen teams from Wisconsin and Michigan will take the mat Saturday, seven of them bring State rankings with them, including the State's #1 ranked division II team Amery, Wisconsin.  Three DII teams will enter the Irish Invite with rankings: Evansville sits a #5 in the latest polls, Brillion will enter ranked #6, and host Freedom brings with them the #10 rank. Shiocton one of only two division III teams sport the #9 ranking in their division. Bay Port will be the only DI ranked team participating as they are Honorable Mention. Denmark rounds out the ranked teams also carrying an Honorable Mention ranking in DII. Bark River, Michigan has been added to this tournament, giving the Irish Invitational some out of state talent as they make their way down from the Upper Peninsula. They will bring some upper level talent to this field, particularly at 113, 145 and 182 pounds where they are highly ranked in the UP polls.

Even more impressive is the 66 State ranked individuals that make up the line ups of this year's 19 team field. Four number one ranked wrestlers will be competing: DI #1 Noah Tonsor at 120 pounds for Slinger, as well as three DII #1's from Amery. Kale Hopke, Koy Hopke, Robert Beese, 195, 220, 285 respectively. The tournament will also boast five number two ranked wrestlers. Evansville, a new comer to this year's event, bring the DII #2 ranked 170 pounder Owen Heiser, Jacob Ward of DI Bay Port at 145, along with hometown favorite DII Nathan VandeHey of Freedom also at 145, should make that weight class a real dogfight. The other two #2 ranked wrestlers both of DII Amery, 106 pounder Brendan Burke and 152 pounder Wyatt Ingham.   

The Irish Invite will also display a couple wrestlers who have had success on Wrestling biggest stage, Fargo. Jr Wyatt Skebba from Hortonville brought home All-American honors this summer placing 6th at 106 pounds and also captured the Pre-season Nationals title at 113 pounds. While Sophomore sensation, Amery's Koy Hopke, was crowned National Champ in both Freestyle and Greco at 220. Koy is also the 9th ranked 220 pounder in the country according to Flowrestling. Hopke is also fresh off a Cheesehead Title in Kaukauna last weekend.

The Irish Invite teams at a glance
Team         Team Rank         # of Individual ranked wrestlers
Amery         DII #1            9
Appleton North                          3
Ashwaubenon                          1
Auburndale                          5
Bark River, MI
Bay Port              DI HM            4
Brillion         DII #6            6
Burlington                                  3
Denmark              DII HM            5
Evansville              DII #5            6
Freedom              DII #10            2
Hortonville                                  5
Medford                                  1
Mishicot                                  1
Sheboygan North                  0
Shiocton              DIII #9            9
Slinger                             4
Two Rivers                                  1
West DePere                          1

Weight Classes at a glance
106 (five ranked wrestlers)                152 (four ranked wrestlers)
DI #5 Tristin Ellerman   Hortonville      DI HM  Austin Skrundz      Burlington
DI #8 Owen Wathke        Bay Port      DII #2 Wyatt Ingham                 Amery
DII #2 Brendan Burke   Amery      DII #4 Garnett Stebane      Brillion
DII #6 Logan Muller      Brillion         DIII #11 Dylan Herb            Shiocton
DIII #8 Derek Godard   Auburndale

113 (six ranked wrestlers)         160 (five  ranked wrestlers)
DI #3 Wyatt Skebba   Hortonville              DII #3 Mason Tylee             Amery
DI HM Eli Becker   Slinger         DII #7 Ricky Braunschweig           Evansville
DII #8 Bob Huntley   Brillion         DII HM Thomas Ullmer      Denmark
DII #11 Thad Sigmund   Medford      DIII #3 Brant Cracraft      Mishicot
DII HM Lane Anderson   Amery      DIII #11 Bradley Demerath   Shiocton      
DIII #3 Colten Weiler   Auburndale

120 (five ranked wrestlers)         170 (five ranked wrestlers)
DI #1 Noah Tonsor   Slinger      DI HM Andrew Karnes      Burlington
DI #11 Griffin Jens   Hortonville      DII #2 Owen Heiser      Evansville
DII #4 Danny Heiser   Evansville      DII #5 Eddie Simes      Amery
DII #9 Trenton Nicklaus   Brillion   DII #6 Elijah Shefchik   Denmark
DII #10 Brett Soquet   Denmark      DIII #9 Dion Helser      Shiocton

126 (five ranked wrestlers)         182 (five ranked wrestlers)
DI #11 Owen Noel   Bay Port      DI #11 Carter Amidon      Slinger
DI HM Nolan Skebba   Hortonville      DII #6 Grant Cook              Amery
DII #10 Alec Bergelin   Denmark      DII #9 Damon Schmidt      Brillion
DII HM William Penn   Evansville      DIII #3 Sloan Welch             Auburndale
DIII HM Jordan Jahnke  Shiocton      DIII #7 Hunter Schuh      Shiocton
132 (three ranked wrestlers)         195 (five ranked wrestlers)
DI #8 Henry Niebauer   Hortonville      DI #3 Brock Arndt   Appleton North
DIII #10 Blake Carton   Shiocton      DII #1 Kale Hopke   Amery
DIII #11 Noah Altman   Auburndale   DII #5 Chase Mathias   Two Rivers
                                  DII #7 Eagan Babiash   Denmark                           DIII #6   Dylan Larsen   Shiocton
138 (one ranked wrestlers)         220 (seven ranked wrestlers)
DIII #12 Isaiah Carton   Shiocton      DI #4 Zeke Tiedt      Burlington
**expect to see Jake Stoffel here      DII #1 Koy Hopke           Amery
                                  DII #3 Garrett Kilgas           Brillion
145 (five ranked wrestlers)                 DII HM Lucas VanGrinsven Freedom
DI #2 Jacob Ward   Bay Port              DIII#7 Iliajah Sanchez   Shiocton
DI #7 Alek Ukkola   West DePere      DII #11 Baylin Crull    Evansville
DI #12 Jake Stoffel   Appleton North      DIII HM Brice Theil   Auburndale
DI HM Aidan Ford    Slinger         285 (five ranked wrestlers)
DII #2 Nathan VandeHey Freedom      DI #5 Troy Dietzler   Ashwaubenon
                                  DI #6 Ethan Hansen   Appleton North
                                  DI #10 Vaughn Campbell Bay Port
                                  DII #1 Robert Beese   Amery   
                                  DII #9 Cutter Lange   Evansville

*** all Wisconsin State rankings courtesy of January 6th rankings.


Get there early, find a seat and don't leave it!! Going to be some awesome talent on display and some very exciting matches!!!!! Don't miss this tournament!!!!


I apologize.......i found a mistake..............i included William Penn at 120 pounds..............Mr. Penn is from Ellsworth not Evansville........he will not be wrestling as the Irish Invite..............sorry!!!


Armdag - maybe you meant 126 Camden Staver Evansville - HM  8)


You forgot one of Freedom's own. Patrick Moore #195 D-2 is also ranked!!
Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie!


Updated information with a better format can be found on the tournament website:


Should be fun! Many good wrestlers attending
Koy Hopke has jumped to #4 nationally ranked 220 after his Cheesehead title.


Did Koy wrestle 195 last night, or was that a typo on track?

Low Single

Typo.  He wrestled 220 last night.
60% of the time, it works every time!


120 Pound Final:

Danny Heiser Evansville D2#4 over Noah Tonsor Slinger D1#1 11-0!


Who won Outstanding Wrestler at Freedom?
Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie!


Quote from: justwrestle on January 15, 2022, 05:11:38 PM
120 Pound Final:

Danny Heiser Evansville D2#4 over Noah Tonsor Slinger D1#1 11-0!

Was this match live-streamed or videoed? I'd love to see this kid wrestle.
To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.
Steve Prefontaine


Danny Heiser took home the Most Outstanding Wrestler award.