WIAA wrestling: Mishicot's Brendemuehl remains positive after finals loss

WIAA wrestling: Mishicot's Brendemuehl remains positive after finals loss

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WIAA wrestling: Mishicot's Brendemuehl remains positive after finals loss

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In wrestling, as in life, sometimes things just don’t go your way.

Thus was the case for Mishicot’s Jon Brendemuehl in the Division 3 285-pound championship match at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday night.

Brendemuehl (45-6) toed the line against a familiar foe: Random Lake senior Reed Anklam (45-4).

It was the third time in three weeks the pair had matched up and six minutes wasn’t enough to decide the outcome on either occasion. Brendemuehl topped Anklam by virtue of an ultimate tiebreaker in the regional final. Anklam evened the slate with a win over Brendemuehl in sudden victory in the sectional final last week.

The rubber match was for all the marbles under the bright lights of the Kohl Center in the state finals. Lo and behold, the bout was not decided in regulation.

After a scoreless opening period, Brendemuehl recorded an escape to take a 1-0 lead heading into the third. Anklam tied the score with an escape of his own in the third and the two headed to overtime deadlocked at 1-1.

Each wrestler was on bottom for one of the two 30-second tiebreaker periods and each wrestler earned an escape, sending the match to an ultimate tiebreaker.

Brendemuehl was on bottom for the decisive 30-second stanza. If he could escape, the title was his. If he couldn’t, Anklam would walk away the champion.

For a fleeting moment, midway through the period, Brendemuehl found daylight. However, Anklam was able to latch onto one of Brendemuehl’s legs and drag him back to the mat for the remaining time.

It was a tough break for Brendemuehl., but the senior was well aware that the outcome would likely be decided by a single skirmish.

“You go in with a game plan, but usually it just comes down to whoever gets the one move,” Brendemuehl said. “That’s how it was the last three weeks.”

His head coach took pride in the performance his wrestler put forth.

“He did everything we asked of him,” Mishicot head coach Mike Pratt said. “He did a great job. Sometimes it just comes to getting out on the bottom. We had a couple options, a couple chances to get out, but we just couldn’t do it.”

Brendemuehl took solace in the fact that he had defeated Anklam earlier in the postseason.

“I did beat him earlier this year, so it could have been anybody’s match,” Brendemuehl said. “It could have went went either way and that’s how it went. I wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything. Even if it is second place, there are so many kids who don’t even come close to having the opportunity that I had.”

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