AMERY — Colfax sophomore Mitchel Harmon came up just short in his bid for a berth in this week’s state wrestling tournament.
Harmon, the Bloomer/Colfax squad’s lone representative in the WIAA Division 2 Individual Wrestling Sectional held at Amery High School last Saturday, February 17, finished fourth in the 132-pound weight class after going 2-2 for the day.
[emember_protected] The top three place winners in each of the 14 weight classes advance to the state wrestling championships which will be held this Thursday, February 22 through Saturday, February 24 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Both of Harmon’s victories came via pinfalls while he lost his other two matches by a combined three points including a one-point loss in the third-place match to a familiar foe, Jordan Bonte.
Harmon needed just 1:48 to pin Northwestern senior Brody Burke in the pair’s quarterfinal match to open last Saturday’s sectional meet.
In the semifinal round, Mitchel faced fellow sophomore Zeke Sigmund of Medford. In a low scoring match, Sigmund shut Harmon out, 2-0, to gain a spot in the finals.
Harmon moved over to the consolation side of the 132-pound bracket where he won another match by fall.
The Bloomer/Colfax grappler pinned sophomore Hunter Sellent of Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren at the 5:02 mark of their consolation semifinal match to advance to the third-place match for an opportunity to earn a state berth.
Waiting for Harmon in that showdown for third was Baldwin-Woodville’s Jordan Bonte. The pair had squared off the previous Saturday in the regional championship with Harmon winning 8-2.
The B-W sophomore got his revenge in the rematch in Amery, winning the bronze and state berth on a 3-2 decision.
Despite the season-ending loss, it proved to be a breakout year for Harmon, who finished with a very solid 33-12 record.
Amery junior Mike Smith (37-4) won the 132-pound title with a 10-0 major decision over Sigmund, who then held on to second with a 7-1 win over Bonte in the wrestleback.
Behind Harmon’s efforts, Bloomer/Colfax finished 17th in the 23-school tournament with 11 points.
Two-time defending Division 2 state champion Ellsworth, who won last Tuesday’s team sectional championship, topped the unofficial team standings at the Amery Individual sectional with 140 point and six individual state qualifiers including four champions. Spencer/Columbus Catholic, who was the team sectional runner-up, also finished second in Amery with 101.5 points and four state qualifiers with two champs. Medford was third with 66 points and four state entrants while host Amery came in fourth with 60 points, three state qualifiers and two champions. [/emember_protected]