Wisconsin apprentices earn opportunity to compete nationally

WEST BEND, Wis. — Four of Wisconsin’s top construction apprentices have earned top honors in their respective trades and will represent the state in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships (NCC).

The eight advanced after placing first in their respective trades at the ABC of Wisconsin Skill Competition and will now compete against the top craft trainees from around the U.S.

The Skill Competition, held in West Bend on Friday, included 32 competitors representing four technical colleges in carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing. The day-long event included a practical competition in the morning and written exam in the afternoon. Here are the 2022 ABC of Wisconsin Skill Competition winners:



1st Place – Drew Hawkins, Royal Construction, Inc.

2nd Place – Tyler Odegard, Royal Construction, Inc.

3rd Place – Jason Gundrum, Kraemer Brothers

Drew Hawkins
Photo of Drew Hawkins


1st Place – William Kelly, C. F. Power, LLC

2nd Place – Tyler Terrian, Engler Electric, Inc.

3rd Place – Hayden Oestreich, Lyons Electric

Photo of William Kelly


1st Place – Sawyer Lantz, Komfort Heating & Cooling, Inc.

2nd Place – William Bretsch, H.J. Faust, Inc.

3rd Place – Griffin Baker, H.J. Faust, Inc.

Photo of Sawyer Lantz


1st Place – Alex Hayes, Edgewater Plumbing, LLC

2nd Place – Derrik Hanewold, RHD Plumbing, Inc.

3rd Place – Jon Kuchta, Adams

Photo of Alex Hayes

“This is a great experience for the competitors who get to measure their skills with those of their fellow competitors,” said John Mielke, president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. “We’re proud of all the competitors who are passionate about their trades and come out and take advantage of this unique career opportunity.”

The National Craft Championships will be held March 15-17 in San Antonio, Texas.

Skillcomp winners 2023 with awards
From left, Sawyer Lantz, Drew Hawkins, William Kelly and Alex Hayes
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