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How competitive is the state of Wisconsin?

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There are 2 schools in West Bend, East and West. East is the superior team.  The previous head coach was a good coach and his son was the 132 state champ this past season. They have a new head coach this coming season. They wrestle in the North Shore Conference which has a couple of good teams(Slinger, Port Washington, WBE, Nicolet on the rise), but they have some very high level individual talent in the conference as well. In the past 4-5 years the conference has boasted D1 recruits such as Parker Keckiesen(Nicolet) and Dajun Johnson(Whitefish Bay) both to Northern Iowa, Beau Breske(Hartford) a few years back went to Nebraska and then Wisconsin. Currently, they have a couple that may get some D1 offers,  many other wrestlers that will be getting looks for D2 and D3 as well. The improvement of the conference in the last 10-15 years is significant because of realignment and the proliferation of wrestling schools. It's right in the backyard of Askren Wrestling Academy and Ringers which both produce lots of state placers and champs.

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Re: Wisconsin HS wrestling and West Bend East

Considering their best wrestler (coaches' son) is probably the most famous wrestling Youtuber/vlogger in the country (Cayden Henschel), you should have no problem doing your homework on what the team culture and training situation is like, although he's off to college now.  Watch his vlogs, introduce yourself, etc.

I coach with a middle school program that feeds into one of the schools in your conference (North Shore) that "crossface21" positively referenced in the above post (Thanks, man!).  WBE is very respected in the area and wrestles a good schedule.  As previously mentioned, everyone who isn't a multi-sport athlete these days works out with a club at Askren's North Shore (Max is the coach) or Ringers club.  Both are maybe 30 minutes from West Bend.

Unless you transfer to a national power-type team in Wisconsin like Stoughton or Kaukauna that travels all over the midwest, you'll mostly be wrestling in-state competition against different sized WI high schools, with some tournaments having IL or MN teams.  You'll have a dual or two during the week (usually Thursday nights in the NSC), and a tournament every weekend where you'll probably get 5 matches.  Over the Winter break you'll go to a HUGE tournament that lasts 2-3 days and are usually held at colleges.  The big ones are "On the Water", "Mid-States", "Bi-State", "The Clash", and "Cheesehead" (which is probably one of the top 5 toughest high school tournaments in the country).  If you go to WBE, there will be a conference individual tournament, and then regionals (top 4 advance), sectionals (top 2 advance) and then State.  The State tournament in WI is really, really great.  Sold out every year, 15k fans at the finals, etc.  You'll probably have between 40-50 matches if healthy, and there usually aren't too many undefeated wrestlers in a bracket at the state tournament, which speaks to the depth of the state. 

I would put us as a top 15 state, that happens to be bordered by a top 5 state (Illinois) and 2 top 10 states (Iowa and Minnesota).

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