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MADISON – Austin Wolfe gave it everything that he had in him in the finale of his high school wrestling career. And that is all any one came ask of themselves.
Unfortunately, the senior fell heartbreakingly short of his dream, losing the Division 3 state title match at 106 pounds.
Freshman A J Schoenfuss of Stratford scored first and never trailed as he claimed the gold with a 7-2 decision Saturday evening during the 72nd annual WIAA State Wrestling Championships here at the Kohl Center.
“I thought I went our there and wrestled the best that I possibly could,” said the long-faced senior of the match. “I give it 110 percent but just fell a little short of my goals.”
The first points of the match came just a minute in, when Schoenfuss caught Wolfe and took him to the mat for a pair of points.
A few minutes later, in the middle of period two, Wolfe scored the equalizer on a nice reversal to make the score two all.
But it was a short-lived deadlock as the Stratford lightweight worked free just 23 seconds later to take a 3-2 lead, one that he would not relinquish.
Schoenfuss, who began the third period in the down position, worked a reversal on Wolfe with just a minute left in the match and then scored a two-point near fall on the bloodied Wolfe with just three second left to make the final score 7-2.
“I knew that he (Schoenfuss) kind of liked to wrestle from underneath and suck on elbows so I was trying to get one of my arms free but I just couldn’t get his grip off of it,” noted Wolfe, who had to deal with a bloody nose throughout the title match.
“It was kind of frustrating and disappointing but I gave it everything I had.”
That he did.
Wolfe capped his senior year with a 40-5 record and a state silver. Quite an exclamation mark for a remarkable career.