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Somerset's state wrestling finalist is Flandrick

Gabe Flandrick has his hand raised in victory after winning his semifinal match.2 / 3
Haydon Dvorak slides Chilton's Austin Hephner down to the mat.3 / 3

MADISON - Somerset High School wrestling will be represented in the finals of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament tonight, but it will be someone different than last season.

State runner-up Haydon Dvorak was unable to make it back to the finals as he was pinned by Chilton's Austin Hephner in the Division 2, 182-pound semifinals in 5:56.

But Gabe Flandrick will be there as he won a dramatic 12-6 match over Alex Schramm of Seymour at 138 pounds.

Schramm tied the score at 6-6 with a takedown but surprisingly let Flandrick up from the mat for the escape. Schramm tried to get the takedown which would grant him victory but it was Flandrick who caught him with a counter and not only scored the takedown but also got a three-point nearfall in the process.

"I was definitely surprised he let me back up," Flandrick said. "I thought I would have to work my way out from the bottom."

Flandrick credits better movement on his part for making it this far.

"I used to be flat footed and I would be taken down a lot," Flandrick said. "I worked on improving during the offseason and it paid off tonight. Even an hour before the match all I did was practice footwork."

Flandrick's foe in the finals is going for his fourth straight state championship and a perfect high school record, Jarod Donar of Cuba City/Southwestern.

Dvorak was in a close match with Hephner, trailing only 6-5 going into the third period. He came back from an early deficit with an escape and takedown before the end of the second period. But Hephner rode him out in the third and got the pinfall.

Dvorak will wrestle for third through sixth place this morning and afternoon along with teammates Bobby Leroy and Austin Bushinger.