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State Wrestling Update: Four area wrestles earn medals

MADISON – Four down and two to go.

Four area wrestlers have already garnered medals as they finished their state tournament competition in this afternoon’s consolation and medal placement rounds.

Isaac Tuttle was Glenwood City’s top finisher at this year’s WIAA State Wrestling Championships at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Toppers’ senior finished fourth in the D3 170-pound class.

 Two other Glenwood City seniors -Brennan Kessler and Donovan Fornal – also picked up medals in the session as did Boyceville junior Austin Wolfe.
Kessler (285) and Wolfe (106) placed fifth in their respective weight class while Fornal (220) took sixth.

Tuttle was on a mission for bronze when he faced two-time state champion Ethan Soderstrom of Lancaster in the third-place match at 170 pounds.

Tuttle went on the offensive in the first period as he shot in and caught a double leg on Soderstrom and lifted him into the air. But as Tuttle tried to take Soderstrom to the mat the wily Lancaster wrestler was able to hook and turn Tuttle, who fell on his back. Soderstrom then clamped on tight for the pin at 56 seconds and the quick win.

Tuttle did not place in his first trip to the state meet a year ago.

Like Tuttle, Boyceville’s Austin Wolfe last year’s state experience into a medal this go around. Wolfe rebounded from a heartbreaking 9-4 semifinal’s loss to unbeaten sophomore Riley Lull of Riverdale and a 7-5 overtime setback to Nick Burns of Aquinas in the consolation semifinal to place fifth on the strength of a 15-0 technical fall over Dylan Altmann of Auburndale. This was Wolfe second win over Altmann in the tournament, whom he pinned in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Brennan Kessler continued to show a tremendous amount of heart. What the Glenwood City heavyweight lacked in body mass he more than made up for in determination like he demonstrated in his fifth-place match against Boscobel’s T.J. Fischer.

Kessler lost to the Boscobel wrestler 7-3 in the quarterfinals and found himself trailing 3-0 with less than 15 seconds left in Saturday’s fifth-place match. Suddenly, Kessler got out from under Fischer for the reversal and was able to turn him long enough for a two-point near fall and a 4-3 advantage. The Glenwood City senior then held on for the final few remaining second to take the victory.

A quarterfinal’s rematch was also awaiting Donovan Fornal in his fifth-place match at 220 pounds. Manawa’s Casey Johnson had pinned Fornal in the quarters so when the pair met again Saturday afternoon Fornal was looking to turn the tables. Unfortunately, Johnson held the upper hand once again as he claimed fifth with an 11-0 whitewashing.