Wrestling: Nyenhuis takes third at sectionals

By: 
Anthony Iozzo

Junior Chad Walsh gains control on Janesville Craig junior Zack Mulrooney in the quarterfinals Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Fort Atkinson sectional. Walsh won 9-0 but lost his next two to finish fourth. [Photo by Josh Smith/Jefferson Daily Union]

Junior Andrew Nyenhuis wasn’t expected to make the run he did these last three weeks based on his 9-10 regular season record.

Though Saturday’s third-place finish at the WIAA Division 1 Fort Atkinson sectional marked the end of his season, Nyenhuis added to a third place at conference and a regional title.

He was 9-2 during the postseason.

“I have shown a lot of people what I can do on the mat and proved a lot of people wrong,” Nyenhuis said. “I hope to go to work next year and prove a lot more people wrong ... and make it  further.”

Nyenhuis (195) won third with a 4-3 win over Elkhorn sophomore Dylan Linhart in the third-place match, but he missed a spot at state by rule due to a 6-2 loss to Beloit Memorial junior Nick Somers in the semifinals.

“It was tough because all year my goal was to make it to state,” he said. “I am hoping next year that I can achieve my goals and work harder and get better.”

Nyenhuis began the day with a 1-0 win over Westosha Central junior Zach Biehn.

Senior Kurt Stetzer and junior Chad Walsh also had their seasons come to an end.

Walsh (152) was defeated 8-3 in the semifinals by Fort Atkinson sophomore Keegan Foerster and fell in the third-place match 17-1 to Mount Horeb/Barneveld senior Daylon Bowar.

Walsh won his first match with a 9-0 major decision over Janesville Craig Zack Mulrooney.

Stetzer (132) lost his first match by pin to Janesville Craig junior Anthony Skrede in 1:49.

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