BRODHEAD, Wis. - Jackson Hauri admits he still has a difficult time looking at the big picture.
When you fall short of your ultimate goal it's difficult to be satisfied with anything less.
The Brodhead senior hoped to finish off his wrestling career with a state title in the WIAA Division 3 Championships in Madison, but had to settle for fourth place.
Let's face it, he isn't accustomed to losing. His overall record is 155-17.
"I think it takes time to put it all in perspective and I'm starting to realize that it's more about the career than one tournament," said Hauri, who as Wrestler of the Year, Hauri heads up the 2018-19 Beloit Daily News All-Area Team. "That last trip to state doesn't define how my entire career went."
After finishing runnerup at state a year ago at 152 when he went 33-3, his quest this year was nothing short of a state title. He went 40-4 overall at 152 as a senior, winning a Rock Valley Conference title along with regional and sectional titles.
Hauri dropped his opening match in the WIAA D-2 state championships, 9-5 to Barron senior Tristan Massie. He won his next two matches, ending up in a rematch with Massie for third place. This time he fell 5-3 in a sudden victory overtime.
"Anything can happen at state," I got beat fair and square. It was still a great experience being there."
Obviously, he will be missed next season and not just for his victories.
"His leadership and his dedication are his strongest assets," Brodhead-Juda head coach Bill Davis said. "A lot of wrestlers put in extra work, but Jackson really put in a great deal of extra time after practice to perfect his craft. He had a tremendous career."
Hauri dislocated his right thumb in practice in early December. He was able to delay surgery until after last Thursday, performing through the pain.
"When Jackson gets hyped up for a match he's in his own world and you'd never know (the thumb) was bothering him. There were only a few times when he bumped it, I could tell. He never let it impact how he wrestled. He fought through it."
Hauri said it was mind over matter.
"It definitely wasn't comfortable, but I just had to fight through the pain," he said. "I did all I could with Ibuprofen, icing it and elevation. I don't think it restricted me. Adrenaline kicks in during a match."
Hauri's older brother Alex was a state qualifier at Parkview and Jackson wrestled there as a freshman. He then moved over to Brodhead.
"I'm really happy with the decision," Hauri said. "Kids at Brodhead really want to work and improve. I had several guys who helped me in practice. I wrestled Brian McCullough from Juda and I also had a lot of help from Tyler Davis, Hunter Colden and my brother. My brother really did everything he could to get me to where I was. I got a lot of tremendous support and I'm really thankful for that."
Hauri said is learning toward competing in college, but he will base his decision where to go solely on academics. He plans on majoring in Secondary Education and he'd love to be a coach someday.
Repeating as All-Area Coach of the Year is Hononegah's Anthony Miers, who guided his Indians to their sixth straight NIC-10 championship behind four champions: Zach Fausel (126), Giovanni Cassioppi (145), James Bowers (195) and Kaleb Entyre (220).
All four champs earned All-Area First Team honors, with Bowers and Cassioppi repeating, and joining them is 285-pounder Paul Fay.
Cassioppi was Hauri's top competition for Wrestler of the Year. A senior, he finished 40-8 with his fourth NIC-10 title, as well as firsts at the Sycamore Invitational, regionals and sectionals. He was fifth in both the prestigious Dvorak Invitational and the IHSA State Tournament.
Fausel, a senior, was 31-9 and the Sycamore Invitational champion. He took second place in the regional tournament and was a sectional qualifier. Bowers was 25-9 his senior year, finishing sixth in the Dvorak Invitational, fifth at the Sycamore Invitational, second in the regionals and qualifying for the sectional.
Fay was 29-16 as a senior, earning sixth at the Dvorak Invitational, third in the Sycamore Invitational, second at the regional and the sectional meets and qualifying for state. The only junior Indian on the First Team, Etnyre was 32-9 and in addition to his NIC-10 title, took fifth at the Sycamore Invite, won a regional crown and was a sectional qualifier.
Beloit Memorial put four wrestlers on the First Team, led by senior Tyler Sireci's outstanding season. The 195-pounder was the Big Eight Conference champion as well as a WIAA state qualifier, finishing in the top eight.
The Purple Knights' team captain and MVP, Sireci led them in many categories, including takedowns (43) and pins (23, the third highest single season total in team history). He was the champion in the Watertown Scramble, the Turner Duals (going 5-0) and regionals.
Joining him from BMHS are freshman Griffin Oberneder (126), junior Dakota Kopplin (145) and senior Ryan Caudle (285).
Oberneder finished 17-5 and was fourth in the Big Eight. He was the champion in the Turner Duals and second in the Monroe Invite. Academic All-Big Eight First Team, he also led the Knights in near-fall points. Kopplin was 24-7 at 145, winning titles in the Monroe Invite and Turner Duals. He was second in the Big Eight Championships at 145. Caudle posted his second straight 20-win season, going 21-11. He was third in the Big Eight, a WIAA sectional qualifier and Academic All-Big Eight First Team.
Turner also has four First Teamers: Devon Harbison (120), Cal Ries (160/170), Drew Ries (195) and Cody Krueger (220).
Harbison, a junior, was 39-9, and finished . in the RVC. He won regional and sectional titles on his way to a WIAA state bid. He led the Trojans in takedowns (46).
Cal Ries had a terrific freshman campaign, going 28-15 between 160 and 170 pounds. He was .. in the RVC, leading the Trojans in escapes (35) and reversals (33). He was second in takedowns (43), qualifying for sectionals.
His older brother Drew, a junior, went 22-5 at 195, despite missing half the season due to illness. An RVC and regional champion, he qualified for sectionals. Despite missing a good chunk of the year, he still was third on the team in team points, takedowns (33) and pins (16). Krueger, a senior, went 32-9, finishing second in the RVC. He was a regional runnerup and sectional qualifier. A team captain, he led the Trojans in pins (19).
A Parkview trio landed on the First Team: Korben Brown (152), Luke Schwengels (170) and Chase Carratt (195).
Brown, a sophomore, was a state qualifier with a 30-7 record and 21 pins. He was first at Waterloo, Hillsboro and in the Trailways Conference. He also finished runnerup at invitationals at Marquette and monroe as well as the regionals and third at sectionals. All of his losses this season were to state qualifiers.
Schwengels, a sophomore, recorded a 29-12 mark with 26 pins. He was second at Waterloo and Hillsboro and third at Blackhawk, Polo., Ill., and conference.
Carratt, a senior, posted a 33-9 mark with 23 pins. He was first at Waterloo, Polo, Hillsboro and regionals. He finished third at Blackhawk and conference and fourth at sectionals.
Zach Wynstra is Clinton's lone First-Teamer at 182 pounds. He was 35-3 with 23 pins, winning titles in the Watertown Earlybird Scramble, the Bradford Invitational and the RVC Championships. He also won a regional crown.
ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM
BELOIT MEMORIAL: Griffin Oberneder (126, fr.), Dakota Kopplin (145, jr.), Tyler Sireci (195, sr.), Ryan Caudle (285).
BELOIT TURNER: Devon Harbison (120, jr.), Cal Ries (160/170, fr.), Drew Ries (195, jr.), Cody Krueger (220, sr.).
CLINTON: Zach Wynstra (182, sr.).
BRODHEAD-JUDA: Jackson Hauri (152, sr.).
HONONEGAH: Zach Fausel (126, sr.), Giovanni Cassioppi (145, sr.), James Bowers (195, sr.), Kaleb Etnyre (220, jr.), Paul Fay (285, sr.).
PARKVIEW: Korben Brown (152, so.), Luke Schwengels (170, so.), Chase Carratt (195, sr.).
BELOIT MEMORIAL: Fernando Badilla (160/170, sr.).
BELOIT TURNER: Johnson Moran (126, sr.).
BIG FOOT: Ashton Robinson (106, fr.), Raul Rojas (145, so.).
BRODHEAD: Jayson Starr (138, jr.), Brian McCullough (145, jr.).
CLINTON: Rylan Maly (126, so.).
PARKVIEW: Camron Duncan (106, fr.), Gage Everson (285, so).