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MADISON – For a second straight year, James Palmer found himself on the wrong side of a state wrestling quarterfinals’ score
Alston Nutter scored a 9-1 major decision over Palmer in the Division 3, 120-pound match.
The Fennimore freshman, now an impressive 48-1, never trailed in the match as he held sway over Palmer from the opening whistle to the final buzzer.
Nutter scored a late, first-period takedown on the mat’s edge for an early 2-0 advantage.
After the Fennimore wrestler deferred his choice of position until the third period, Palmer started the second period down on the mat and about a half minute later scored his first point on an escape.
But Nutter scored his second takedown with 27 second remaining in that period for a 4-1 lead and then earned three near fall points after Palmer’s attempt to execute a granby roll left his back exposed to the mat.
Nutter scored another two-point takedown in the final frame of wrestling en route to the 9-1 victory.
Palmer will wrestle later this afternoon in the consolation round. A win there would put Palmer in contention for a medal.