MADISON – Isaac Tuttle was the lone area wrestle to post a win in Saturday’s consolation semifinals.
Two other Toppers – Donovan Fornal and Brennan Kessler – fell in their matches as did Boyceville’s Austin Wolfe.
Tuttle took control of his match against Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Brian Halverson from the start and held sway throughout the 170-pound tilt. Tuttle scored the first takedown in just 30 seconds of the first period. The Glenwood City senior gave Halverson the escape to start the second but did eventually add a second takedown for a 4-1 lead. Tuttle extended that advantage to 8-1 with a reversal and two-point near fall in the third frame. Halverson worked free for an escape with 23 second left to account for the 8-2 final score.
Tuttle will advance to the third-place match.
Donovan Fornal faced a familiar foe in his consolation bout when he was paired against Cumberland’s Ben Stone. The Beaver wrestler had pinned Fornal in the sectional finals. But early on it appeared as though Fornal would get some revenge as he took a 6-0 lead on a pair of second-period near falls for three points each.
Stone, however, recovered and scored 11 unanswered points to win the match. Stone earned an escape, a takedown and was awarded a point for a second stall call on Fornal to narrow his deficit to just two points, 6-4, by the end of the middle period. Stone continued his advance in the final period as he scored a takedown and proceeded to add three- and two-point near falls by match end for the win.
Brennan Kessler also had a sectional rematch when he faced Donny Ralston of Bruce in his 285-pound consolation semifinal. Kessler was shut out 7-0 in the sectional final last week and showed marked improvement but was still unable to score against Ralston and was blanked 3-0.
Both Kessler and Fornal will compete later this afternoon for fifth place.
Boyceville’s Austin Wolfe was looking for some payback when he wrestled Nick Burns of LaCrosse Aquinas in this morning’s (Saturday) consolation semifinals at 106 pounds.
Burns pinned Wolfe in the opening round of last week’s sectional tournament en route to the title. Wolfe made sure that would not happen in their rematch. Wolfe and Burns battled to a five all tie after six minutes of regulation wrestling and had to settle the bout in overtime. In the first one-minute period, Burns was able to take Wolfe down for the two-point score and sudden victory, 7 to 5. The loss will send Wolfe into the fifth-place match while Burns will wrestle for bronze.
Burns struck first with a takedown with 23 ticks left in the one-minute first period. Wolfe, starting in the up position in the second period, turned burns to his back for a three-point near fall but Burns would right himself with a reversal to retake a 4-3 lead. In the third, Wolfe chose neutral and eventually worked a takedown with 53 seconds left in the match to overtake Burns on the scoreboard 5-4. Burns would score the equalizer 20 seconds later with an escape.
Burns nearly scored a winning takedown in the waning second of regulation but Wolfe was able to hold him off until the horn sounded.