Feb. 27, 2011

MADISON, Wis. ? Future Badgers Ryan McQuade and Jesse Thielke each earned victories in their respective weight classes at the Wisconsin State High School Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at the Kohl Center. Not only did they each claim titles, they made history too.

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.

Last year, McQuade won his first state title, becoming just the second wrestler from an Appleton public school to capture the accolade. The first wrestler from an Appleton public school to win a state title was his older brother and current Badger Shane McQuade.

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, Cody Caldwell, Destin McCauley and Matt Kelliher.

Last weekend, 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.

Yet to complete their quest for state titles are Apple Valley High School westlers McCauley (Burnsville, Minn.) and Kelliher (Burnsville, Minn.). The Minnesota State High School Wrestling tournament is set to take place March 3-5 at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Check back to UWBadgers.com for more information on McCauley and Kelliher as the high school championship season continues.