Somerset has state finalist in Dvorak
MADISON - Somerset's Haydon Dvorak will wrestle in the 171-pound, Division 2 finals Saturday evening at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
Dvorak beat Adams-Friendship's Dustin Kirsenlohr by a 6-2 score in Friday evening's semifinal match.
Dvorak scored an escape at the start of the second period and the benefited from an error on Kirsenlohr's part on a shot which caused him to fall down. Dvorak landed on him and the score became 3-0.
"I stayed in good position," Dvorak said. "Whatever move you make if you're not in a good position to do it you'll make a mistake and that's what happened."
Kirsenlohr scored his first points on a reversal midway through the third period and only trailed 4-2, looking for the tying takedown to send the match to overtime. But Dvorak held his position on a short-arm drag move and once again fell right on top of Kirsenlohr for the takedown and the win.
Somerset head coach Grady Radabaugh said he thought the team had a chance to get one finalist before the tournament, but not before the season.
"I never thought that back November. We were just trying to get something started," Radabaugh said. "But now, oh it's wonderful. This is a great place to be and I can't tell you how thrilled I am for Haydon and for the school and the community to have this opportunity to have state champion."
To win that title will be a tough assignment for Dvorak as he faces the top-ranked wrestler in the weight class, Oconto Falls' Jake Morrissey who is undefeated at 41-0.
Regardless what happens history could be made. Saturday's finals may be the first time both a father and son have coached wrestlers in the state finals at the same time as Grady's father Jack Radabaugh will be coaching three Ellsworth wrestlers in the D-2 finals.
Two other semifinalists, Somerset's Gabe Flandrick and New Richmond's Joel Neumann both came up short in their bids for the finals Friday evening.
Flandrick was shutout by Seymour's Alex Schramm 3-0 at 135 pounds, scoring a key two-point neafall in the third period while riding Flandrick.
Neumann lost in the Division 1 heavyweight semi to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Curt Fuller by pinfall in 3:55.
In quarterfinal action earlier in the day, Flandrick faced an opponent he knew well in Nick Mor of the Wisconsin Dells from wrestling camps and offseason competition and used that to his advantage in winning 9-2 at 135.
"They know each other's styles but Gabe was really the aggressor in the match. He pushed the pace and that's what won it," Radabaugh said.
Dvorak had to eke out a 1-0 win over Gage Ferkey of Nekoosa-Port Edwards in his quarterfinal match.
St. Croix Central's Marcus Malecek will place in the top six at 215 pounds in Division 2. Malecek was beaten 5-0 by Riley Delzer of Oconto Falls after Delzer scored a takedown and three-point nearfall in the third period of their quarterfinal match. But Malecek defeated Kiel's Derek Fritsch 6-2 in the consolation round and will wrestle from third through sixth place on the awards stand Saturday morning and afternoon.
New Richmond's Shane Blackman just missed out placing in the state tournament. He beat Austin Quartullo of Muskego 5-4 at 103 pounds in Friday morning's consolation round but lost to Bobby Nachreiner of Hartford by a 13-4 major decision and was eliminated from the tournament.
Neumann will wrestle this morning and afternoon to determine his place on the awards stand.