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Newton lone SVE wrestler to qualify for state

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OSSEO - It shouldn't be surprising that Spring Valley/Elmwood's Zach Newton is a qualifier for the WIAA State Individual Wrestling meet.

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"I think he's our most consistent wrestler," SVE head coach Carter Turner said. "He may not score a lot of points but he doesn't get scored on easily. He doesn't make mistakes other wrestlers take advantage of. He's a very solid and fundamentally sound wrestler."

Newton won his first round, 145-pound sectional match 6-4 over Gunnar Sonsalla of Arcadia, then beat Matt Ollinger of Ladysmith 2-0 by successfully riding him out in the third period. Defending state champion Austin Moe of Glenwood City again proved too strong for Newton as he won via tech. fall in the finals 15-0. But Newton shrugged the loss off and put beatdown of his own on Blair-Taylor's Pat Vehrenkamp 10-0 to secure second place and a good seed at the state tournament beginning Thursday evening in Madison.

Unfortunately what was surprising for the Redbirds was the fact that out of a crew of nine Newton was the only one to make it through Saturday's WIAA Division 3 Independence/Gilmanton Individual Sectional held at Osseo-Fairchild High School.

One by one SVE wrestlers were eliminated from state competition as the day progressed. Not only that but there were a lot of close losses in the individual sectional as there were in the team sectional for Spring Valley/Elmwood against in many cases very good opposition.

"It was tough getting them prepared for today's sectional after what happened Tuesday," Turner said. "We had a very disappointing loss in the team sectional finals. I thought at times we had good efforts today but we also made mistakes just didn't have the will to get the wins we needed."

Ethan Hofacker and Mike Roseler were beaten in the first round and 182 an 220 pounds respectively and didn't get wrestlebacks as their victors both lost in the semifinals. Hofacker's 3-0 lead on Turtle Lake/Clayton's Damon Belchinger didn't hold up in the third period and he was pinned in 4:46. Roesler lost a controversial match to Indy/Gilmanton's Blake Olson 12-11 where twice the match was stopped when it appeared Roesler was on his way to pinning Olson.

Tyler Berg did get a wrestleback at 126 after being pinned in the first round by Arcadia's Jacob Erbe but lost a close decision to Clear Lake's Alex Colbeth 11-9.

SVE's Jaron Turner upended one of the favorites at 160 pounds, Flambeau's Jordan Bainter, via pinfall at 5:11. But Turner was was beaten in semifinals by Cumberland's Damen Feiertag 5-2 after Feiertag's small-package reversal and nearfall in the third period. Turner was then eliminated in the wrestlebacks by Arcadia's Lee Pronschinske 6-4.

SVE had four wrestlers finish in fourth place: Derek Huebel at 113, Logan Newton at 120, Jed Schlegel at 138 and Trent Miller at 152.

Derek Huebel lost his first round match in a nasty-tough 113-pound field to Cameron's Kal Gerber 17-4 but came back to win in wrestleback 6-4 over Ladysmith's Michael Peggar. But Cadott's Sean Sonnentag beat Huebel in the third place match 6-0.

Logan Newton beat Ladysmith's Kyle Lehman 9-2 in his first match but was pinned in semis by Clear Lake's Tim Anderson. Newton came back to pin Onalaska Luther's Max Wetzel in the consolation semifinals but lost in the third place match to Cumberland's Trey Lundequam by pinfall.

Schlegel was a pinfall winner in the first round over Andrew Colbeth of Clear Lake but was shutout in the semifinals by Blair-Taylor's Matt Massman 4-0. Schlegel came back to win to pin Flambeau's Jake Miller in the consolation semifinals but the third place match and the state berth went to Arcadia's Andrew Glodowski by a 5-3 score.

Miller topped Unity's Colton Sorenson by a 12-2 major decision but lost in the semifinals to Arcadia's Jerry Hotelling 7-2. Miller pinned Bayfield's Andrew Johnson in the wrestleback round but lost in the third place match to Whitehall's Tim Ferndon via pinfall.

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