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Newton suffers heartbreaking loss in semis

MADISON - Spring Valley/Elmwood Zach Newton came within :20 seconds of the state finals but lost to Lomira' Casey Steltrecht 2-1 in the Division 3 semifinals at 145 pounds Friday evening in the Kohl Center.

Newton, 39-8 overall, scored his lone point in the second period on an escape. He tried to ride out Steltrecht (45-3) in the third period and was nearly successful. But Steltrecht scored a reversal with under :20 seconds to go and Newton was unable to get a reversal of his own to win or escape to tie the match as it was too late.

Newton will wrestle with temmates Cruze Hurlburt, Tyler Berg and Ethan Hofacker the placement matches Saturday afternoon. Newton will face Mishicot's Boone Young (40-6) in his first match of the day. Hurlburt (42-2) takes on Cadott's Austin Najbrt (40-9) at 120 who he defeated in the regional finals a couple of weeks ago; Berg (42-4) will take on Coleman's Jensyn Schaal (30-4) in a potential state team match-up for next week at 126 and Hofacker (42-4) takes on Kewaunee's David Steinhorst (40-3) at 195.

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