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Redbird wrestlers split at state tournament

Zach Newton pushes down on the head of Wyatt Weiler of Auburndale.2 / 3
Troy Urman gets on top of Mosinee's Elliott Sparby after a reversal.3 / 3

MADISON - Spring Valley/Elmwood's Zach Newton is moving on through the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at 145 pounds while Prescott's Troy Urman was eliminated Thursday evening at the Kohl Center.

Newton scored a reversal late in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and beat Auburndale's Wyatt Weiler in Division 3. He'll face junior Trenton Cornell (34-6) of Lancaster in the quarterfinals which begin Friday at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Urman, on the other hand, was pinned by Mosinee's Elliott Sparby in 3:13 in the Division 2 prelims. Such a result, however, wasn't as bad as what could have happened to Urman as he injured his neck on a five-point throw by Sparby (44-10) in the first period. Urman lay motionless on the mat for a few seconds. The match was stopped for several minutes while trainers and coaches attended to him.

"He was practically passed out," Prescott head coach Paul Johnson. "He's fine but that took a lot of energy out of him for the rest of the match."

The match stoppage allowed Urman to recover enough power to get a reversal on Sparby but then he gave up a reversal at the end of the first period. Sparby took control in the second period and got the pinfall.

SVE head coach Carter Turner said not to expect a lot of scoring in Newton's match which held true to form as Newton kept true to his solid, no-frills style to edge a wrestler even with him in record.

"I just kept fighting and moving," Newton said. "I knew I needed two points and just had enough to get it."

Newton says he takes a different tack when it comes to riding

"I know most guys like to leg-ride but I prefer tilts and bars instead," Newton said. "It what I feel comfortable with."

Newton improves his overall record to 36-10 while Urman, also a junior, finished with a 29-12 record.