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Blackman a point short in semifinals

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MADISON - They certainly thought it was a pin.

New Richmond's coaches certainly thought prep wrestler Shane Blackman pinned his semifinal opponent, Kolton Jansen of Kaukauna, at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Friday evening.

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That's because time ran out on Blackman after executing a brilliant five-point throw which brought him to the brink of victory and the Division 1 finals at 126 pounds. But it was not to be.

Jansen survived for a one-point win, 15-14 in one of the most exciting matches of the tournament.

Blackman, 29-3 overall simply would not quit despite trailing Jansen (42-7) for much of the match. Every time Jansen looked to take control Blackman would counter with a reversal or get a takedown to keep the match close. Blackman was down 15-9 before his big-point throw came with less than :40 seconds left in the match.

Blackman will join teammate Derek Dowd in the placement matches. Dowd, (36-8) won twice on Friday, beating Evan Hepitas (37-11) of Kaukauna 3-2 and defeating Konnor Mohr of Elkhorn (38-8) 5-0. 

Blackman will first wrestle Austin Quartullo (37-4) of Muskego while Dowd will go up against Fritz Schierl (47-3) of Stevens Point.

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