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MADISON – Boyceville freshman Garrett Joles was neither awed by the bright lights and vast space of the Kohl Center nor his opponent in his first-ever match at state wrestling tournament.
Joles stepped onto mat #4 here inside the Kohl Center Friday afternoon and performed like a seasoned veteran of the tournament and dominated Coleman senior Alex Stodola throughout the pair’s D3, 170-pound quarterfinals bout for an impressive 10-1 major decision.
He was the third Boyceville wrestlers to win in today’s quarterfinals’ round.
It took Joles a mere nine seconds to put the first points of the match on the scoreboard.
That takedown would lead Joles to a three-point near fall as he established a 5-0 advantage that he took into the second period.
That lead would grow to 9-1 during the two-minute middle frame. Joles added a two-point near fall and takedown in that time span. Stodola’s lone point of the match – an escape – was sandwiched between Joles second-period scores.
Stodola took the upper position in the final period but could not get Joles turned and finally gave the escape with less than a minute left. The Coleman wrestle was looking for an opportunity to take Joles to the mat but the smart and talented Boyceville freshman would have none of it and held Stodola at bay to claim the 10-1 win.
Joles, 30-4, will have a tough semifinals match later this evening when he faces defending state champion Luke Nowak. The Iowa-Grant/Highland senior, who won the D3, 160-pound crown a year ago, scored a 10-5 win in his quarterfinals’ match to improve to 44-4.
Nowak is ranked second in the latest Wisconsin Wrestling online poll at 170 pounds while Joles is fourth. Top ranked and unbeaten Devin Lemanski of Edgar, won his quarterfinals’ match by fall and will likely await the Joles-Nowak winner in tomorrow night’s final.