Chase Farr finally got his long-awaited first win at the WIAA individual state tournament.
But the Bay Port senior probably should have had two on Thursday.
Farr was leading Wauwatosa West/East freshman Zach Miller 7-2 when he was called for a slam with 14 seconds remaining in the second period of the 120-pound Division 1 quarterfinal match at the Kohl Center.
Miller wasn’t able to continue the match after the front of his head hit the mat, and as a result, Farr was disqualified.
“It’s really heartbreaking having something like that happen, especially to a great wrestler like him,” Bay Port senior Alex Blaney said.
Ranked second in the state, Farr (43-2) was making his third straight appearance after losing his previous four matches at the individual state tournament by major decisions .
But Farr won a 14-3 major decision over Racine Horlick’s Harley Klemick in a preliminary match.
With the tough call that was made in the quarterfinals, Farr can only hope to wrestle back for third place.
“He’s got to reset his goals, obviously,” Bay Port coach Brad Shefchik said. “He wanted to be in the semis but now plans have changed and he’s got to wrestle his way back for third. He’s got to take that and use it as motivation to push because there are a lot of good kids in the tournament.”
Overall, the Pirates had half of their program-record eight state qualifiers advance to the semifinals, including Blaney (138), Chad Osmanski (132), Alec Ingold (195) and Garrett Heder (285).
Besides Farr, it also had its three wrestlers that lost preliminary matches qualify for the consolation bracket when the individual they lost to won their quarterfinal match.
Late takedowns boost Garcia
All four of Evan Garcia’s losses this season have come by one point.
The Green Bay Preble/East junior wasn’t going to let another one happen in his second state appearance.
After falling in preliminaries last season, Garcia (41-4) came up with a pair of takedowns in the closing seconds of both of his matches on Thursday to advance to the 126 D1 semifinals.
“This is what we were looking for from him the whole time,” Preble/East coach Kyle Kleuskens. “He’s got excellent leg attacks. Once he realizes that and starts hitting those, he can beat anybody.”
Trailing 3-2, Garcia got a takedown with 7 seconds remaining against Hudson’s Darius Wright, who was ranked third and placed fourth at 120 last year.
He then repeated the feat with 2 seconds remaining to top Kaukauna’s Kolton Jansen, who had a 6-5 lead late in the final period in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Preble/East senior Dalton Tielens had his career come to an end with an 8-6 decision to D.C. Everest’s Joe Ziolkowski. Tielens injured his right knee in practice on Tuesday and was wearing a large brace that at one point required a stoppage.
Raiders, Redbirds have highs and lows
Entering the tournament with six individuals, Pulaski had only sophomore Kasey Caelwaerts win his preliminary match and then advance to semifinals.
The Red Raiders then found out that only one of their remaining five qualified for the consolation bracket based on what their preliminary opponents did in the quarterfinals.
Making his second state appearance, De Pere senior Tyler Turriff won a 23-7 technical fall over Cedarburg’s Jason Ipsarides, who was ranked third at 138.
Turriff lost in the quarterfinals, putting him in the consolation bracket as the only one of the Redbirds’ four state qualifiers that will compete today.
Following a fifth-place finish last year, De Pere senior Isaiah Hayes lost in preliminaries and didn’t qualify for the consolation bracket.
The three-time defending Division 3 champion has seven of its eight individual state qualifiers remaining in the championship bracket.
Three Coleman wrestlers had byes to advance to today’s quarterfinals at 11:15 a.m., while four others won preliminary matches on Thursday.