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MADISON – The wrestling season for James Palmer ended for a second straight year with a loss in the consolation round at state.
The Boyceville sophomore dropped a heart-wrenching one-point decision to Laconia’s Alec Potter in a D3, 120-pound consolation match Friday afternoon at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Palmer briefly took a 3-2 lead on an escape early in the second period of the match but lost it about 30 seconds later when Potter scored the takedown and a 4-3 advantage.
That ended up being the final.
Palmer stayed on top throughout the entire third period. Palmer’s effort to turn Potter on his back were nearly rewarded in the closing ten seconds of the match, but the Laconia sophomore was able to stay off his back to take the win.
Potter was the first to score, getting the takedown with eight second left in the first period, which is just a minute long in consolation matches, for a 2-0 lead but Palmer was able to get the equalizer with a buzzer-beating reversal to knot the match at two.
Palmer lost both of his 113-pound matches at last year’s state tournament.
Palmer concluded a fine sophomore season with a 38-8 record.