2008 Indy State Day 1 - Lemmer Advances

By Joe Shinners

    Madison – Jeff Lemmer erased three years of frustration with one quick shot and two standout performances at the state individual wrestling tournament Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

    Without a victory in his previous two trips to the state tournament, Lemmer can finally breath a bit easier as he heads into the semifinals, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. He also kept his record unblemished and improved to 50-0 one year after entering the tournament with an undefeated record and losing his only match.

    Lemmer defeated Milwaukee Custer sophomore Davion Willis (38-9) by a pin in 1 minute 1 second in a Division 1 160-pounds preliminary and then saved his best moment for his quarterfinal showdown against Stevens Point junior Ben Provisor (39-2).

    Lemmer and Provisor were locked in a 1-1 defensive struggle with both wreslters struggling to initiate any offense. Lemmer, though, remained persisted throughout the third period and registered a takedown with 27 seconds to go in overtime to pull out a 3-1 victory and advance to the semifinals.

    In the semifinals, Lemmer is to face Kaukauna sophomore Noah Budi (41-4), who posted an upset in his quarterfinal by beating previously unbeaten La Crosse Central senior Theo Jensen-Innis (42-1) by a 2-1 decision in their quarterfinal.

    “After coming up here a couple times and not doing that well and being in the tough half of the bracket, it feels good,” said Lemmer. “It feels really good.”

    Once Lemmer grabbed hold of Provisor’s leg in the overtime, the Point star stopped wrestling and Lemmer was able to slide behind for the takedown.

    Provisor and his coach complained that Lemmer had grabbed Provisor’s headgear to gain offensive position but the referee didn’t agree and didn’t blow  his whistle.

    “He just stopped,” said Lemmer. “No matter what, you can’t stop. It’s a ref’s decision. You have to keep going.”

     Dieringer, Thielke roll: North Shore Conference freshman sensations Alex Dieringer of Port Washington and Jesse Thielke of Germantown continued to perform this year like seasoned seniors instead of the freshman they are as both roared into the semifinals with relative ease.

    Dieringer (43-0) posted an 11-0 major decision over Janesville Craig freshman Siven Furseth (40-1) in their quarterfinal at 103 pounds.

    Dieringer had no problems turning Furseth at will after the opening takedown, posting three three-point nearfalls and dominating the match to hand Furseth his first loss of the year.

    Dieringer said he wasn’t feeling any nerves, especially after finishing third twice in national youth tournaments. Dieringer is to face La Crosse Logan junior Billy Lorenz (40-2) in the semifinals.

“No, I’m used to it,” he said. “I just go out there and get the takedown and try for the pin.”

    Port also saw senior Jack Flack advance to the semifinals.

Thielke (44-0) pinned Franklin junior Chris Strike (34-8) in 4:56 to advance. Thielke is to face Shawano freshman Jared Kust (41-2) in the semis.

    Strike surprised many by advancing to the quarters with an 2-1 overtime victory over previously undefeated Janesville Parker senior Ryan Holden (36-1).

    “I wasn’t surprised,” said Thielke. “I wrestle with him at my club. He’s a good wrestler. Today was a good day. I started fast and I kept it going.”

    As afar as the pressure, Thielke is unfazed after national success in big tournaments.

    “I’m used to it,” he said. “It is awesome every time.”

    Olson upends Monk: Twice this year Muskego sophomore Derek Olson lost to Wausau West junior Steven Monk, once by 6-3 and once by 2-1. The streak ended in the 130 quarterfinals.

    Trailing by 3-0 entering the third period, Olson (43-3) shrugged off a tweaked knee scored the decisive takedown with 21 seconds to go and then held on for a 6-5 victory over Monk (45-4) advance to the semifinals for the first time in his second trip to state.

    “I knew if I wanted to win a state title I had to beat everybody anyway,” said Olson, who will face Ashwaubenon junior Zack Geyer (42-6) in the semifinals.

    Monk circled the mat as Olson recovered from the injury, and it sparked the Musekgo sophomore.

    “I knew I was going to beat him at the end,” Olson said. “It just gave me more motivation to win.”

    Muskego also saw senior Scott Lau (41-5) advance to the semifinals at 119 with a 6-4 overtime victory over Arrowhead freshman Jake Sueflohn (44-4).

    Muksego advanced a pair to the semis for the first time.

    “We went from having a really bad day to a great day in a hurry,” said Muskego coach Ted Price.”

    Zeitler powers ahead: Wisconsin Lutheran senior 285-pounder Kevin Zeitler (42-1) used his bulk and strength to overpower 6-foot-6 Whitnall senior David Witkiewicz (46-2) in a 4-3 decision in the quarterfinals.

    Zeitler was the only area heavyweight to win in the quarterfinals. He is to face Janesville Parker senior Harold Lloyd (30-2) in the semifinals.

    Mixed results for Arrowhead: Arrowhead started the day on fire as the Warhawks went 8-2 to open preliminary round, but stumbled to a 3-5 finish in the quarterfinals.

    Advancing for the Warhawks were senior two-time state champion Nicke Hucke (37-0 at 135), sophomore James Clark (40-2 at 125) and senior Arik Yde (43-5 at 130).

    “It’s tough,” said Arrowhead coach John Mesenbrink. “You have a chance to get eight in the finals and you get three. But we have eight guys going tomorrow. I’m pleased with our guys. They battled. That’s the kind of effort you need in the wrestlebacks.”

    Also advancing from the Classic 8 Conference were Mukwonago senior state champion Billy Schlottke (43-0 at 152), senior Brad Baus (43-0 at 189) and Waukesha North senior Jerick Keuster (29-0 at 140). Baus was taked to the hospital after his 10-3 decision over Muskego senior Kyle Castellion (38-7) to have his shoulder and collar bone examined for either a sprain, separation or break.

    Lewis moves on: Greenfield junior J.R. Lewis (35-6) advanced to the semifinals in an upset at 152 pounds. Lewis defeated Milwaukee Custer senior Dwayne Hale (30-3) by a 5-4 decision and gave himself a great shot at the 152 final against Schlottke.

    Lewis is to face Hortonville senior Jake Abhold (32-8) in the semis.

Roum’s road tough: West Allis Central senior Tony Roum improved to 38-2 with a 17-7 major decision over Arrowhead senior Eric Herbert (37-14) in the quarterfinals. Roum’s next opponent will be Ashwaubenon senior Jody VanLaanen (28-1) in the semis. VanLaanen won the 171 title a year ago.

This article was first published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel