CONGRATULATIONS STATE WRESTLERS! Johnson Wins State Title; Monchilovich Finishes Third

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The 2020-21 Cumberland High School State Wrestlers & Coaches Coach Rademacher, Coach Olson, State Champion Dawson Johnson, 3rd Place Milan Monchilovich & Coach Lundquist

Cumberland Freshman Dawson Johnson completed his outstanding season last Saturday at Wausau West High School, by winning the Division 3 State Wrestling Championship at 106 pounds. He finishes his season with an 18-1 record. Cumberland’s Milan Monchilovich also had a good day finishing third at 220, in his third consecutive appearance at the State Meet.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament this year was a one-day event with only eight wrestlers competing in each weight class. In taking his title, Johnson would avenge his only loss of the season by defeating Glenwood City’s Ian Radintz, 5-1, in the Championship round. Radintz had defeated Johnson 1-0 in a Sectional match-up the previous week.
Johnson went into Saturday’s competition as the State’s top ranked wrestler at 106 pounds in D3. He lived up to his billing by pinning his first opponent in 1:17, his second round opponent in 3:21 and then allowing a single point to Radintz in the finals. It was a dominating ending to his season.
“It was a tremendous achievement for Dawson in his first year of high school wrestling. His hard work at the sport was rewarded on Saturday,” said Head Coach Isaac Lundquist.
Monchilovich, meanwhile, wrapped up his tremendous career with his third place finish. Gavin Tegels of Cadott, who had defeated Monchilovich at the Sectional Meet, took home the State Championship at 220 with two pins and a 9-4 decision in the title match.
Monchilovich first match against Isaiah Hernandez of Kenosha Christian Life was stopped by injury at the four minute mark sending the Cumberland Senior against Cole Ebert of Reedsville in round two. Ebert would win the match with a major decision sending Monchilovich into the consolation bracket.
There, he was up to the task in front of him, pinning Daniel Nordstrom of Mineral Point and David Gauderman of Wittenberg-Birnamwood to take home third place. “Milan rose to the challenge and finished up his great season and career with an outstanding effort.” He finished the year with a final record of 17 and 2.
The HON Conference did well at the Tournament as St. Croix Falls took home two State Championships, while Cameron took home another. Cadott, who won the St. Croix Falls Sectional, also took two individual titles.
For Junior Tanner Gerber of Cameron and Junior Kole Marko of St. Croix Falls, their titles were their third straight and they will return to try and make it four straight next year. Senior Trett Joles of Boyceville, meanwhile, took home his third State Championship and finished his career with a final record of 161 and 3.
Johnson’s Individual Championship was Cumberland’s 10th since the WIAA began recording data in 1940. Only a freshman, he will next set his sites to become a multiple State Champ, something only Chip Ericsson has done for the Beavers, winning the titles in 2010 and 2011.
“The team had to deal with some unusual but important safety guidelines this season and I’m proud of how they responded and of our two efforts at State. I thank all of our wrestlers for a good season,” concluded Coach Lundquist.




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