Continuing its strong finish to the wrestling season, Cedarburg advanced three entries to this week's WIAA Division 1 state meet in Madison.
Sam Boerner will compete at 132 pounds, Colton Ryan at 152 and Andrew Temmer at 220 when the action begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Kohl Center.
They will be joined by North Shore Conference rival Preston Makoutz of Port Washington, who will take part at 132 pounds as well.
Ryan, a senior with a 21-2 season record, won his bracket at a sectional meet on Feb. 18 at Slinger to advance. He topped Adam Beine of Slinger (48-2) with a tough 6-4 decision in his title match after winning by a pin and a 7-0 decision earlier in the sectional.
Ryan was denied a trip to state last season when he sustained a torn ACL during the sectional. He actually kept on wrestling and lost his sectional title match, 8-3.
"I saw him (after the title match this season), and he had a flicker of a smile on his face," Cedarburg coach Getasew Shumet said. "He had his redemption, and he came back with a vengeance."
Ryan, a three-time state qualifier, will meet Bryce Jacobson of Elkhorn (39-5) in his first match at state.
Port's Makoutz, a senior, also won his bracket at the sectional, beating Cedarburg's Boerner by a 10-5 count in the title bout. He had posted a major decision and a decision in his other matches.
Makoutz (27-12) opens at state against David Holzem of Brookfield East (26-12).
Boerner wound up second at 132 pounds, following up his loss to Makoutz with a victory by rule over Hudson Mountjoy of Slinger, whom he had beaten, 6-4, earlier in the day.
"He wrestled technically well," Cedarburg's Shumet said of Boerner (33-8). "He got the points when he needed to. We knew the Slinger kid would be tough, and he just focused on his shots in that match. He deserves (the state berth), and he should fare well."
Boerner, a junior making his second trip to state, will face Cole Acker of Wauwatosa (36-9) in his state opener.
Temmer (31-7) advanced with a 10-2 major decision over Chase Krug of Fond du Lac in the second-place match. He had lost to unbeaten Wyatt Wells of Beaver Dam in the title match.
"We knew (Wells) was No. 1 in the state at 220," Shumet said. "We also knew Andrew would go to state either way, so we just tried to push the pace (against Wells)."
Temmer, a junior, will meet Luther Egerson of Racine Case (35-5) in his career state debut.
Also for Cedarburg, Brendan McInerney was third at 160 and Max Grudzinski fourth at 138.
For Port, Blake Peiffer (106), Oliver Rosado (120) and Lukas Burke (182) finished third and Tristan Griswold (195) fourth.
Cedarburg and Port tied for the second team spot with 67 points, trailing Slinger with 171½ points.