Coleman dashes SVE state title hopes again
MADISON - Judging just by records and individual accomplishments this probably wasn’t the best team Coleman High School sent out to compete for the WIAA Division 3 State Team Tournament title in comparison to its previous champions.
But it really didn’t matter for the experience the No. 2 ranked Cougars had at this level of competition gave them they edge they needed to win state title eight in school history with a 39-22 victory over No. 1 Spring Valley/Elmwood in the state finals Saturday afternoon.
Indeed such experience and winning mentality and even good fortune helped the Cougars, 13-4 overall, advance through a 28-28 tie in the state semifinals against No. 3 Random Lake. Coleman won based on criteria (most matches won in the dual meet).
The Redbirds got the state championship dual meet off to a good start with a big win by Logan Newton at 132 pounds by an 8-3 decision over Marc Lansin. A win by Zach Newton at 145 by a 3-2 score over Kevin Lansin tied the score at 6-6 after Coleman scored a pin at 138.
However, the Cougars won six of the next seven matches, three of them by pinfall, in the middle and upper weights to take a 33-10 advantage. The Redbirds not only suffered three pinfalls in these weight classes but also three agonizingly close losses. At 152 pounds Jed Schlegel was unable to get a late takedown on Coleman’s Trevor Seewald and lost 5-3. At 160 Coleman’s Alex Stolda edged Trent Miller 6-3 and at 182 SV/Elmwood’s Chris Craft missed a shot at a winning takedown while trailing 6-5 and in turn was taken down for an 8-5 loss.
SVE wrestlers would often times get initial leads on takedowns but could hold them while on the mat. The middle and upper weights had been a source of strength for SVE all season but Coleman went at the fulcrum of this success but moving several of their wrestlers up and down their line-up for the best possible match-ups. SVE had prided itself on being a team where opponents couldn’t move around wrestlers to their advantage and SVE head coach Carter Turner didn’t think Coleman gained much advantage compared to other factors.
“I don’t think all the shifting made much of a difference,” Turner said. “Because what made the difference was their strength and the fact they were more physical than we were. And when they wrestled that way they could overcome deficits in some of those key matches. They’re experience helped too. They know how to wrestle at this level competition and we didn’t wrestle in a way that was going to break it.”
Andrew Webb notched a pin at 106 in :56 seconds and Cruze Hurlburt also pinned his man for SVE at 120 in 1:08 but it was too late. Coleman clinched the title with a win at 113 with Jordan Blanchard’s 9-2 decision over Derek Huebel. Ethan Hofacker had SVE’s only other win by a 10-1 major decision over Abe Nowak.