State wrestling: Meyer to wrestle for title at 132 pounds
MADISON—Jordan Meyer arrived at the Kohl Center this weekend hoping to be a menace on his feet.
The Evansville/Albany 132-pounder has given his opponents fits in that regard through the first two days at the WIAA state wrestling meet.
Meyer, ranked No. 3 in the state, took down two of Division 2's other top four wrestlers on Friday, earning his spot in a state championship match tonight at 6 p.m.
“He's a focused competitor, and a competitor that really followed the plan that the coaching staff put together today,” Evansville/Albany assistant coach Andy Lehman said. “As far as his offense on his feet, that's kind of what we've been working on in the the practice room leading up to this tournament.
“That's what helped him win both of those matches, being able to take kids down.”
In the quarterfinal match, Meyer jumped out to an 8-3 lead on No. 1-ranked Robert Csukker of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp. Csukker beat Meyer in a consolation semifinal at the Kohl Center a year ago, when Csukker finished third and Meyer sixth at 132 pounds.
This time, Meyer was able to hang on down the stretch for an 8-7 decision that advanced him to Friday night's semifinals.
“We just had a plan to go out there and stay heavy on him and keep the pressure on him the whole time,” Meyer said. “It was a big confidence-booster to get the lead early, and it gave me a little leeway at the end of the match to be able to hold on.”
Meyer hadn't seen fourth-ranked Josh Verbeten of Wrightstown in the past, but said he knew he needed to keep with his strategy of heavy offensive pressure when the wrestlers were in neutral—or standing—position in his semifinal match.
Once again, Meyer built a big lead on his way to a 13-4 major decision.
It sets up a third rematch in less than two weeks with West Salem/Bangor freshman Devin Bahr in the championship match tonight.
Bahr pinned Meyer when the two met at team sectionals on Feb. 18 and again at individual sectionals on Saturday.
“I'm just trying to focus on the match and figure out what I need to do to get ahead and beat him,” Meyer said late Friday night. “He's a really good top rider. He's able to turn people really well with an arm bar, so I'm trying to wrestle him on my feet and not go down at all.
“I'm excited about it.”
Meyer is the area's only wrestler left standing in contention for a state title.
Brodhead/Juda junior 285-pounder Logan Maurer won by pinfall in his Division 2 quarterfinal match on Friday, but he was pinned by Kiel senior Matt Halverson in the second period of their semifinal.
In Division 1, Janesville Craig junior Airk Furseth won a pair of consolation matches on Friday. He'll wrestle in today's consolation wrestlebacks and then again in a third- or fifth-place match.
Wrestlebacks begin at 11 a.m.
The March of Champions begins at 6 p.m. leading into the title bouts.
WIAA STATE INDIVIDUAL WRESTLING MEET
Friday's Area Results
106—Airk Furseth, jr., Janesville Craig (24-2) dec. Justin Ratkovec, so., Waterford (47-4), 8-1.
113—Tyler Deacon, jr., Eau Claire North (36-10) def. Nolan Shea, jr., Milton (37-7), forf.
126—Bryce Statz, sr. Waunakee (43-7) dec. Ryan Nelson, sr., Elkhorn (37-10), 3-2.
138—Evan Whitehead, so. Milton (30-8) dec. Jake McMahon, jr., Menomonee Falls (37-14), 3-0; Konnor Mohr, so., Elkhorn (38-7) dec. Rudy Otters, so., Arrowhead (27-16), 6-0.
152—Tommy Kolasinski, sr., Mukwonago (44-5) maj. dec. Zack Mulrooney, sr., Janesville Craig (30-10), 10-1.
160—Bowen Wileman, jr., Milton (35-10), dec. Brady McFarland, jr., Muskego (31-5), 8-7.
220—Nick Somers, sr., Beloit Memorial (35-5) pinned Jake Macaluso, so., Hamilton (27-20), 2:51; Dylan Linhart, jr., Elkhorn (38-9) dec. Emilio Gutierrez, sr., New Berlin co-op (44-4), 1-0.
(Winners guaranteed top-six finish)
106—Airk Furseth, jr., Janesville Craig (25-2) dec. Colton Ryan, fr., Cedarburg (40-7), 6-5.
138—Zac Youngchild, sr., Manitowoc Lincoln (42-6), dec. Evan Whitehead, so., Milton (30-9), 3-1.
160—Brandon Sprecher, sr., Sauk Prairie (43-3), dec. Bowen Wileman, jr., Milton (35-11), 4-0.
220—Beau Thompson, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (44-9) dec. Nick Somers, sr., Beloit Memorial (35-6), 4-1. Dylan Linhart, jr., Elkhorn (39-9) Eliot Motu, sr., Hudson (34-10), 1-0.
113—Cody Vogel, so., East Troy (41-5) dec. Clay Lieber, jr. Nekoosa/Port Edwards (39-6), 4-3.
120—Ty Pelot, sr., Two Rivers (47-4) dec. Sonny Schieldt, jr., Edgerton (40-5), 8-2.
126—John Roddick, jr., Sparta (42-8) dec. Cody Chelminiak, sr., Delavan-Darien (40-5), 4-0.
132—Jordan Meyer, so., Evansville/Albany (40-3) dec. Robert Csukker, sr., Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp (46-2), 8-7.
138—Andy Strey, jr., East Troy (47-4) pinned Max Obois, sr., Wisconsin Dells (37-12), 3:19.
145—Austin Worachek, sr., Luxemburg-Casco (39-7) maj. dec. Zack Lamb, sr., East Troy (35-9), 8-0.
160—Gable Frandsen, sr., Ellsworth (51-1) pinned Jeremy Dedick, so., East Troy (33-15), 3:58.
182—Dennis Schutz, sr., Ellsworth (24-3) dec. Gavin Baade, jr., Brodhead/Juda (40-2), 4-1.
285—Logan Maurer, jr., Brodhead/Juda (46-1) pinned Thor Riemer, sr., Osceola (38-5), 1:25.
(Winners guaranteed top-six finish)
120—Sonny Schieldt, jr., Edgerton (41-5) def. Spencer Davies, sr., Mauston (42-4), forf.
126—Bobby Uttecht, sr., Wittenberg-Birmingwood (41-7) dec. Cody Chelminiak, sr., Delavan-Darien (40-6), 7-3.
145—Tristan Brewer, jr., Luck/Frederick/Grant (42-4) pinned Zack Lamb, sr., East Troy (35-10), 1:58.
160—Jeremy Dedick, so., East Troy (34-15) dec. Nathan DeGroff, sr., Lodi (30-13), 7-2.
182—Gavin Baade, jr., Brodhead/Juda (41-2) pinned Aaron Field, sr., Kiel (37-9), 3:22.
113—Taylor Elliott, sr., Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka dec. Cody Vogel, so., East Troy (41-6), 4-0.
132—Jordan Meyer, so, Evansville/Albany (41-3) maj. dec. Josh Verbeten, so., Wrightstown (36-16), 13-4.
138—Chris Jauch, jr., Two Rivers (46-9) dec. Andy Strey, jr., East Troy (47-5), 8-3.
285—Matt Halverson, sr., Kiel (44-2) pinned Logan Maurer, jr., Brodhead/Juda (46-2), 3:36.