Neumann off to semifinals, Malacek in quarterfinals
MADISON - New Richmond's Joel Neumann and St. Croix Central's Marcus Malecek both advanced through the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday.
It took Neumann four overtimes to win by criteria over Stoughton's Jessie Nelson in the first round at heavyweight. Neumann held down Nelson for the :30 seconds of the sudden death OT.
"The work I've done so far and the help I've gotten from the coaches helped me win," Neumann said.
In the quarterfinals, Neumann scored an early takedown on Kimberly's Brady Stumpf and then rolled him over on his back in the third period for a 4:35 pin.
Neumann will take on Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Curt Fuller (43-4) in the semifinals Friday evening.
New Richmond's Shane Blackman is still alive in the tournament although he lost his 103 pound, first round match to Bill Prochniewski of Waukesha South 9-2. He will wrestle in the consolation round Friday.
St. Croix Central's Marcus Malecek is also still going in the tournament. He needed overtime too, to win his first round, 215-pound Division 2 match 2-1 over Edgerton's Adam Carlson. A stalling penalty on Carlson broke the 1-1 tie and Malecek was able to avoid a takedown in the third overtime to win.
Malecek will face Riley Delzer (34-5) of Oconto Falls in the quarterfinals.
However, Central's two other entries were eliminated. Cody Nyhagen lost at 152 to Wrightstown's Jackson Fox 6-3. Nyhagen scored a third period reversal to get within one point at 4-3 but Fox then reversed Nyhagen with under :10 seconds to go. Lauden Wood nearly turned his 285-pound match around against Campbellsport's Eric Gonwa with a throw which put Gonwa on the mat and nearly led to back points in the third period. But Gonwa countered for a reversal and won 9-4.
Somerset's Bobby LeRoy was also eliminated at 112 pounds. A takedown and three-point nearfall of Campbellsport's Ryan Costell gave him a 5-0 first period lead but Costell came back to get a second period pin in 3:24.
The Spartans Gabe Flandrick and Haydon Dvorak wrestle Friday morning in the Division 2 quarterfinals.