March 8, 2011

MADISON, Wis. ? The 2011 signing class is officially six-of-six in state tournament action after Apple Valley?s Destin McCauley (152 lbs.) and Matt Kelliher (135 lbs.) earned the six-man signing class?s fifth and sixth high school state titles last weekend.

McCauley became a fifth-time Minnesota High School State Champion after he pinned Rosemount?s Adam Jackson in 59 seconds in the Class AAA 152-pound title match at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minn. To cap off his six-year high school career, he finished with a 286-7 overall recording including 197 pins, both of which are Minnesota state high school records. He also helped his team win six-straight titles to combine for 11 total titles, which is another Minnesota state record. McCauley completes a quartet of Minnesota high school wrestlers to slate five state titles including Matt Nagel (1997-2001, Frazee), Eric Sanders (1999-2003, Wabasha-Kellogg) and Zach Sanders, (2003-2007 Wabasha-Kellogg).

Kelliher, the brother of current Badger wrestler, Tom Kelliher, also helped Apple Valley to the state title by earning his third piece of state hardware. Kelliher recorded a 16-0 technical fall over Cambridge-Isanti to capture the crown.

In November, the Badgers signed six new wrestlers for the Class of 2011, marking one of the program's top recruiting classes in UW wrestling history. Joining McQuade and Thielke, the Class of 2011 includes Connor Medbery (heavyweight), Cody Caldwell (152 lbs.), McCauley and Kelliher.

In February, Medbery (Loveland High School) claimed his third state title at heavyweight at the Colorado State High School Wrestling Championships. Caldwell also captured his third trip to the top of the podium, helping Waverly-Shell Rock High School to its fourth-straight Iowa State High School Wrestling title.

At 130 lbs., Thielke, a senior at Germantown High School pinned Milton junior Garrett Whitehead at 1:17 to became just the second Division I high school wrestler in Wisconsin history to claim four state titles. River Falls? Kevin Black was the first Wisconsin native to reach the feat from 1995-98. Thielke finished his high school career with an 185-1 overall record.

McQuade (Appleton West High School) became the first wrestler from an Appleton public school to claim two state titles when he defeated Shawano?s Mason Bohm, 3-2, in the 119-pound Division I title match. McQuade completed his senior season with a flawless 46-0 mark.