Marshfield’s Nolan Hertel loses opener at WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Tigers freshman loses 9-1, moves into consolation bracket
By Paul Lecker
MADISON — Marshfield freshman Nolan Hertel lost his opening match at the 2016 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Thursday afternoon, dropping a 9-1 major decision to Kaukauna sophomore Zach Lee at the Kohl Center in a Division 1 138-pound preliminary match.
Lee led 6-1 after the first period on the strength of two takedowns and a two-point nearfall in the closing seconds.
Hertel could not muster another point, starting the second period with control and third period on the bottom. A nearfall by Lee (43-6) with 50 seconds to go in the match provided the final score.
Hertel (31-13) will take part in a consolation match against Drew Fjoser (19-3) of Sun Prairie at approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday. Lee beat Fjoser 11-6 in overtime to move into the semifinals and secure a spot in the consolation bracket for Hertel, giving him a chance to finish as high as third place should he win four more matches.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)