Four Tigers will try to repeat as state champions Saturday nightBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterStratford junior Kamren Bornbach, right, won his quarterfinal match over Jaden Schmitz of Cashton, left, on Friday afternoon and followed that up with a semifinal win to advance to Saturday’s finals at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison.MADISON — All four of Stratford’s defending state champions will get a shot at a repeat — and they will be joined by two teammates — after winning Division 3 semifinal matches at the 2016 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Friday night at the Kohl Center.A.J. Schoenfuss (120 pounds), Jeremy Schoenherr (126), Mason Kauffman (152), and Kamren Bornbach (182) each won decisions for the Tigers to reach the Division 3 finals for the second-straight season.The foursome will be joined by freshman Macey Kilty (103) and junior Tyson Kauffman (285) in the championship matches, which begin at 6 p.m.“There were a lot of great matches tonight,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “I thought all of the kids fought hard. It’s a big state with a lot of great wrestlers, so we are thrilled to have six kids make the finals.”Schoenfuss (48-3) beat Seth Schlegel (36-6) of Spring Valley/Elmwood 4-2 and will face Riley Blair (25-4) of Fennimore in the 120-pound finals. Schoenfuss won the 106-pound title last year.Schoenherr, the 113-pound champ last season, remained undefeated at 40-0 after edging Tate Murty (35-2) of Cochrane-Fountain City in a 126-pound semifinal. He will face Alston Nutter (41-5), also of Fennimore, in Saturday night’s championship match.Mason Kauffman ran his record to 50-0 — and 99-0 in his varsity career — with a 10-5 win over James Pfeiffer (38-8) of Cadott. He will face Bradon Roen (29-2) of Riverdale in the finals.Bornbach (47-2) beat Rowdy Kochevar (40-5) of Flambeau 9-4 and will take on Garrett Joles (44-3) of Boycville in the finals.Kilty (28-4) became just the second girl in WIAA state wrestling history to qualify for the finals after outlasting Bayfield/Washburn’s Zack Anglin (37-2) 5-4 in an ultimate tiebreaker. Kilty held on from the top position in the third overtime period to win. She will face Ryan Anderson (40-1) of Clear Lake in the opening championship match.Stratford’s Mason Kauffman lies exhausted after pulling out an improbable last-second victory over Dustin Reynolds of Lancaster in a Division 3 152-pound quarterfinal at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Friday afternoon.Tyson Kauffman (47-3) blanked Deven O’Brien (35-15) of Fennimore 4-0 in the semifinals and will take on Bennett Gunderson (43-9) of Bonduel in the last of the 14 Division 3 title matches Saturday.“(Saturday) should be a great, exciting night,” Schwabe said. “I’m hoping a little history can be made.”Two other Stratford wrestlers lost their semifinal matches on Friday night.David Marquardt (37-12) lost to undefeated Wilder Wichman (43-0) of Johnson Creek 14-8. Marquardt moves on to a consolation semifinal against Athens’ Austin Engel (33-6) in Marawood Conference matchup on Saturday morning. The winner moves into the third-place match, while the loser will go for fifth place. Either way, Marquardt is assured of a top-six medal.So too is Jake Drexler (46-3), who lost a 113-pound semifinal to Josh Depies (39-3) of Random Lake 3-1. Drexler faces Lucas Schevikhoven (40-6) of Shoreland Lutheran in the consolation bracket.The WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament championship matches in all three divisions will be broadcast live on the Fox Sports Wisconsin Alternate Channel (Channel 682 for Charter, 1310 for Time Warner, 668-3 for DirecTV, 9519 for Dish, and 1745 for AT&T) as well as online at foxsports.com/foxsportsgo.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 WIAA State Individual Wrestling ChampionshipsFeb. 25-27, Kohl Center, MadisonSaturday, Feb. 2711 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks, all divisions; followed by fifth-place and third-place matches in all divisions6 p.m. – Championship matches, all divisionsSaturday’s matchups for local wrestlersDivision 2 Consolation Semifinals182 pounds: Hunter Luepke (41-6) Spencer/Columbus versus Trent Smith (40-3) St. Croix Central.Division 3 Consolation Semifinals113 pounds: Jake Drexler (46-3) Stratford versus Lucas Schevikhoven (40-6) Shoreland Lutheran.145 pounds: David Marquardt (37-12) Stratford versus Austin Engel (33-6) Athens.Division 3 Championship Matches106 pounds: Macey Kilty (28-4) Stratford versus Ryan Anderson (40-1) Clear Lake.120 pounds: A.J. Schoenfuss (48-3) Stratford versus Riley Blair (25-4) Fennimore.126 pounds: Jeremy Schoenherr (40-0) Stratford versus Alston Nutter (41-5) Fennimore.152 pounds: Mason Kauffman (50-0) Stratford versus Bradon Roen (29-2) Riverdale.182 pounds: Kamren Bornbach (47-2) versus Garrett Joles (44-3) Boyceville.285 pounds: Tyson Kauffman (47-3) versus Bennett Gunderson (43-9) Bonduel.
House tax writers have moved two bills through committee. The bills focus on IRS hiring and the tax treatment of mutual ditch irrigation companies. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the measures in a June 21 markup.IRS HiringThe Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Bill (HR 3500) would set certain restrictions on the IRS’s hiring policy. The bipartisan bill would amend Code Sec. 7804 to prohibit the rehiring of any employee previously dismissed for certain misconduct issues.The bill comes after two Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reports noted that the IRS rehired hundreds of former employees with conduct violations. Over 200 of the more than 2,000 former employees rehired between January 2015 and March 2016 were previously terminated from the IRS for a substantiated conduct or performance issue, according to a July 2017 TIGTA report (TAXDAY, 2017/07/27, T.1). Inspector General J. Russell George previously told lawmakers that the particular IRS hiring process is “bad decision making.”Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., sponsor HR 3500. Previously, an earlier version of the bill passed the House with bipartisan support in the 114th Congress. However, the Senate never took up the measure. Also, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced a related bill in the Senate.“If a person is fired for falsifying information or mishandling sensitive taxpayer data, it’s common sense that individuals should not be rehired,” Noem said in a June 21 press release. “Nonetheless, the IRS has done this repeatedly.”Agriculture Tax ReformAdditionally, the Ways and Means Committee approved the Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Bill (HR 519). The bill aims to facilitate water leasing and transfers to promote conservation and efficiency. Further, HR 519 would amend the “tax treatment of mutual water storage and delivery companies so that they can maintain their nonprofit status even if more than 15 percent of their revenue comes from nonmembers,” according to a June 21 press release by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.HR 519 and HR 3500 are now headed to the House floor. A House vote has not yet been scheduled.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Capital Float partners Amazon to disburse loans to e-sellersDigital lending platform Capital Float today said it has partnered with e-commerce major Amazon India to disburse loans to e-sellers.”We customise the credit underwriting parameters using cutting-edge technology and big data analytics to help us assess e-sellers individually. Basis the underwriting, we are able to offer customised working capital finance to these sellers in a timely and efficient manner,” Capital Float Co-founder and Managing Director Gaurav Hinduja said.The fintech start-up company has partnered with other e-commerce platforms, including PayTM, Snapdeal and Shopclues, besides Amazon India, it said in a statement. PTI DS ———————- Gatorade India appoints PV Sindhu as brand ambassadorPepsicos sports drink Gatorade today said it has appointed Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu as its brand ambassador.”Gatorade is a scientifically formulated sports drink that provides the right hydration and fuelling during a strenuous game or a training session. P V Sindhu personifies the spirit of the brand through her determination and winning attitude,” PepsiCo India Vice President-Beverage Category Vipul Prakash said in a statement.Gatorade India plans to have P V Sindhu work with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute during the period of the partnership, to better understand her training and match-day nutrition, the company said. PTI DS NP