MADISON – One member of the LFGS wrestling team still has a chance for more postseason success.
Taedon Nichols – a sophomore – has a return trip to Madison this weekend for another shot at a WIAA Division 2 title, after a runner-up finish in the 120 division at the Osceola sectional last weekend. Last year, Nichols earned a 6th-place finish in the 113 division at the Division 2 final.
He made his way back this season by winning two of his three matches at Osceola on Saturday. He opened with one of the meet’s quickest matches, pinning Prescott’s Alex Iberg in just 33 seconds to win the quarterfinal. Nichols’ second win essentially secured his state-final berth.
Nichols earned a 12-7 win over Spencer-Columbus Catholic’s Treyton Ackman to reach the division final and face Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee’s Blaine Brenner. Nichols lost by major decision but may have a shot to avenge the loss, should he face Brenner again this weekend.
Nolan Johnson, who joined Nichols as the two LFGS state qualifiers last season, won his opening match in this year’s sectional but was defeated in his two following matches and therefore won’t fill one of the available spots in the final.
Johnson earned a 7-2 decision over Medford’s Ty Sova in the quarterfinal and needed just one more win to reach the 106 division final. However, he lost a close 5-3 decision to Northwestern’s Tommy Brown and was sent to the consolation bracket.
Gale-Ettrick-Tremepleau’s Carson Koss defeated Johnson by pin in 3:00 and ended his postseason run.
The three-day Division 2 state final starts Thursday.
The Rails had three wrestlers in Saturday’s sectional and though two of them earned wins, one continued their season with a trip to Madison.
Carter Melton – a junior – reached the state final with a third place finish. He opened with a win over St. Croix Central’s Parker Shackleton in 2:37 but took a costly loss in the semifinal.
GET’s Jacob Summers defeated Melton in a 7-0 decision to reach the 182 division final, while Melton went to the consolation round and the 3rd-place match. The match was tied at 3-3 and required a tiebreaker, which Melton won to secure a 4-3 decision. Even though Summers’ win in the semifinal gave him the runner-up spot, Melton’s third place finish gave him the final transfer spot.
Brandon Meister – a sophomore – also opened with a quarterfinal win in the 152 division. He won a 9-6 decision over Amery’s Grant Cook to reach the semifinal, but lost by major decision to Ellsworth’s Carter Huppert. Meister’s sectional run was then ended with an 11-6 loss to Medford’s Emett Grunwald.
Ian Perrine – a junior – had his sectional run ended after one match in the 285 division; Amery’s Robert Beese won by pin in 3:27 in the quarterfinal to prevent Perrine from advancing.