MADISON — Belmont sophomore Isaac Wiegel wrestled his way to the medal stand over the weekend at the 73rd Annual WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.
Wiegel went 2–2 at the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday and finished fourth in Division 2 at 106 pounds in his second appearance at the state tournament.
“We are happy about the fourth-place finish, but not satisfied,” said Belmont/Platteville head coach Andrew Campbell. “It is a big deal to place at state, but at the same time I know Isaac had his goals set higher than fourth place. Overall, he wrestled well this weekend. We have a few things to work on by next year, but he wrestled very well.”
A year ago, Wiegel lost his opening round match on Thursday and did not place.
This year, the talented sophomore had a first-round bye and didn’t wrestle until Friday morning.
Wiegel opened his second state tourney appearance with a 2–0 overtime victory over Freedom junior Garrison Murphy (36–12), who entered the state tournament ranked fourth at 106 pounds.
The two combatants battled through three scoreless periods before Wiegel scored an overtime takedown for the two-point win.
“The first match was very tough,” said Campbell. “When it got to overtime Isaac’s conditioning played a big part in the win.”
Wiegel then suffered an 8–3 loss to eventual champion, freshman Bryce Bosman (43–6) of Luxemburg–Casco in Friday night’s semifinals.
Wiegel bounced back with a dominating 6–0 shutout of Lomira junior Tyler Garriety (39–10) in Saturday morning’s consolation semifinals.
He finished his state tournament with a 2–0 loss to freshman Dalton Schams (44–10, ranked sixth) of West Salem/Bangor in the third-place match.
After two scoreless periods, Schams got a reversal for the match’s only points and rode out Wiegel for the win.
“I am very happy for Isaac and proud of him this year,” added Campbell. “He has came a long way since last season and after a short break from wrestling he plans on starting to prepare for next year’s tournament.”
Wiegel finished the season 40–10 overall. He finished second at conference, second at regionals and won the Richland Center sectional title. Wiegel’s 10 losses this season were all by decisions, by a combined total of 30 points.
WIAA Division 2 State Championships
(from Feb. 25–27 @ Kohl Center, Madison)
Belmont/Platteville state qualifiers
106 — Isaac Wiegel (40-10) placed 4th and scored 10.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Isaac Wiegel (Belmont/Platteville) 40-10 won in sudden victory - 1 over Garrison Murphy (Freedom) 36-12 (SV-1 2-0)
Semifinal - Bryce Bosman (Luxemburg-Casco) 43-6 won by decision over Isaac Wiegel (Belmont/Platteville) 40-10 (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Semi - Isaac Wiegel (Belmont/Platteville) 40-10 won by decision over Tyler Garriety (Lomira) 39-10 (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match - Dalton Schams (West Salem/Bangor) 44-10 won by decision over Isaac Wiegel (Belmont/Platteville) 40-10 (Dec 2-0)