Central's sectional experience: short, not sweet
The 2005 Somerset wrestling sectional was far too short and none too sweet for the St. Croix Central wrestlers who competed there Saturday.
Central had sophomore Curtis Hinkel and junior Craig Myer competing in the sectional tournament. Both of the Panthers were beaten in their opening round of the sectional and neither was able to get a wrestleback.
Hinkel had won the regional title at 112 pounds and he faced Independence senior Corey Kampa in the opening round of the sectional. Hinkel didn't wrestle his usual style in this match and Kampa was able to get a 3-2 win. When Kampa lost in the semifinals, it meant that Hinkel wouldn't get a wrestleback. Kampa did manage to qualify for state as the third place wrestler in the sectional.
"Curtis needs to be an aggressive style wrestler," said Central coach Brad Holzer. "He was wrestling not to lose and this time of the year you can't do that."
Myer wrestled well in the opening minute of the meet, but a split-second mistake was all it took to put him out of the tournament.
Myer got the opening takedown. After being reversed, he got an escape and was leading 3-2. He then got into a tie-up near the edge of the mat with Zach Langner of Park Falls. Myer was using an overhook and went to throw Langner. Myer didn't quite have a tight enough grasp on Langner. Instead of putting Langner to his back, Myer pulled Langner on top of him and Langner was able to get the pin.
Langner then lost in the semifinals, so Myer's day was done.
Hinkel finishes the season with a 16-4 record and Myer's record for the season ends at 18-11. Holzer said with off-season work, both wrestlers and several of their teammates could be back at the sectional meet next year.
"Hopefully this lights a little fire under them for next year," Holzer said.