Somerset's Flandrick part of historic match with Donar
MADISON - One way or the other Somerset's Gabe Flandrick was going to be a part of history at the 69th WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
Either he was going to be the wrestler Cuba City/Southwestern's Jarod Donar won his final match to cap a perfect high school career and fourth straight state championship or he was going to be the wrestler who prevented it from taking place.
Flandrick gave a great effort but Donar walked off the mat of the 138-pound title match in the Kohl Center a four-time state champ and only the third wrestler in state history to go unbeaten in high school. The other two are River Falls's Kevin Black and Pittsville's Matt Hanutke.
After a scoreless first period Donar scored an escape in the second and in the third, still leading 1-0, notched a takedown late in the match, countering a Flandrick takedown attempt.
Still Flandrick, a junior, was able to wrestle all the way from the prelims to the final and finished the season with a 43-4 record.