Sifuentes advances, Jones falls to consolation bracket

Published 11:52 am Friday, February 17, 2017

Lake Mills wrestler Slade Sifuentes is one step away from claiming his second straight Class 1A state title.

Sifuentes took two big steps toward that achievement when he won two matches on Friday.

In his first match of the day, Sifuentes took down Kaleb Reeves by a score of 6-3 to advance to the semifinals, where he faced Tyler Anderson, who was 38-6 coming into the match.

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His semifinals match didn’t even last two minutes, as Sifuentes pinned Anderson in 1:59.

The win moved Sifuentes to 52-0 and set him up with Hunter Hagen, who will enter Saturday’s showdown with a record of 45-4.

Sifuentes’ teammate, Caiden Jones, competed in the championship bracket in the 106-pound weight class.

After winning his opening match on Thursday, Jones faced Adam Allard. Allard took control early and was able to defeat Jones, 7-1. The loss sends Jones to the consolation bracket where he will be in a battle to try to win third place.

Jones faced off against Jake Nieman, who lost his first match but bounced back in his second match.

Jones was able to hang on to beat Nieman, 6-4, to advance to wrestle Bryce Kafton. Jones beat Kafton with a 6-0 decision and faced Jaymus Wilson with a chance to go to the third-place match.

Tyler Helgeson faced Bryce Hall in the consolation round after beating Quest Brown in the first round of the consolation bracket on Thursday. After a long day on Friday, Helgeson will have a chance to wrestle for seventh place. Helgeson beat Hall by a score of 5-3, but then fell to Jacob Ragsdale via pinfall.

He faced Eastson Larson, who he already beat in the opening round, for seventh place.

Cael Boehmer will also have a chance at a seventh-place finish in the 138-pound bracket. Boehmer took on Lisbon’s Chase McLaughlin. Boehmer fell behind 4-0 in the second period before turning the tables to pin McLaughlin.

Michael Olsen took on Westwood’s Drew Anderson in the 152-pound weight class in the consolation bracket. Anderson took an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Olsen would score two points at the end of the first period to tie the match.

The two wrestlers tried to gain the upper hand in the second period, but Olsen finally did in the last minute to go up 4-2. Anderson would respond with a rally in the final seconds to go up 6-4 with one period remaining.

Anderson would use that momentum to get off to a fast start in the third period to go up 9-4. That’s how the match would end, as Anderson sent Olsen home.

Gabe Irons took on Treynor’s Sam Gregory and both wrestlers were tied 3-3 after two periods.

With Irons hanging on for his consolation hopes, he found a little extra and went up 5-3 early in the third period and was able to keep Gregory at bay for the rest of the period to win and advance to the next round. where he faced Joey Schwenn for a shot at seventh place.

Saturday’s results will be in Monday’s Tribune.