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WIAA wrestling: Merth concludes season in preliminaries

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Spring Valley/Elmwood's Carter Merth was eliminated in the preliminary round of the WIAA Division 3 Individual State Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 22. Merth was defeated 7-3 by Random Lake's Grayson Vandenbush. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Carter Merth wrestled his final dual of the season in the 2018 WIAA Division 3 Individual State Tournament preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 22.

The Spring Valley/Elmwood two-time state qualifier was defeated by Random Lake's Grayson Vandenbush (Jr., 45-4) by a 7-3 decision.

Merth led 3-1 heading into the third period, but was nearly pinned twice in the final minutes, leading to Vandenbush's victory.

Merth was also eliminated in the preliminary round of the 2017 Individual State Tournament.

The SVE junior concludes his season with a 26-13 record. Vandenbush will wrestle Riley Workman (Sr., 38-6) of Mineral Point in the quarterfinals on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Kohl Center. Division 3 quarterfinals are scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. on Friday.

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