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MADISON – Micah Johnson’s quest for a second straight state championship stayed on track earlier this afternoon as he claimed a 14-8 win in the D3, 152-pound quarterfinals here at the Kohl Center.
The Boyceville sophomore was in control of the match against Lancaster junior Dustin Reynolds from start to finish.
Johnson scored early and often in the win. All of Reynolds points, with the exception of a third-period takedown, came on escapes that Johnson gave him.
It took only 11 seconds for Johnson to break a scoreless opening period. After letting Reynolds up took him back down, then repeated the process in the final 14 second of the first to finish the period with a 6-2 lead.
It was a pattern that Johnson repeated twice more in the second period to build a 10-5 lead.
Johnson made it 12-5 with an escape 18 seconds into the final period. Johnson gave Reynolds the escape 20 seconds later as he looked for his sixth takedown of the match but the Lancaster finally finished an offensive move with his first and only takedown to cut Johnson’s lead to just four points.
But that is as close as Reynolds would get.
After receiving a warning call for stalling, Johnson quickly reversed Reynolds to finish on top in a 14-8 win.
Next up for Johnson is a semifinals’ meeting with Mineral Points’ Scott Pittz, who beat Johnson earlier this season in overtime at the Dells Duals. Pittz, 45-3, was a 6-2 victor over Zach Coffeen of Laconia in another 152-pound quarterfinals’ match.