Reporting from the Kohl Center in Madison for teh WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Championships
Luke Destiche of Luxemburg-Casco continued the ongoing success and dominance held by their program. He wasted no time getting the first takedown, back points, and huge lead already in the 1st period. Kenny Gates, 40-7 Sr., from Amery would end up giving him his greatest test through the tournament though. After leading at the end of the 1st 10-0, Destiche fought for every point thereafter, but made it all look so easy. He would end the match with another takedown and escape point giving him the 13-4 win and his second title in consecutive years. He is a behemoth of a 220 pound man and his utter dominance shown throughout his season and the state tourney as he reached the top of the podium with a 44-0 record.
A total of eight wrestlers from the Door/Kewaunee county area came to state with an unquenchable thirst for gold. Five wrestlers made it to the podium. We had 4 sectional winners but three consecutive wins gave only two wrestlers their storied entrance (one on his birthday nonetheless) into the one and only WIAA high school state individuals wrestling tournament.
At 145lbs. Austin Worachek of LC won his consolation bracket round to put him into the 3rd place match. In the 3rd place match he fought hard but couldn’t pull out the win against Joe Crook of River Valley, a 44-3 Sr. Worachek’s journey ends with a 4th place finish and a spot atop the WIAA wrestling podium.
At 195lbs. Dan Dorner of LC lost in the consolation bracket round to put him into the 5th place match. He came back firing though, as he hit a great takedown in the second and would roll on to victory to beat Ellsworth’s Brock Steldt 10-3. Dorner’s high school wrestling career ends with a victory and a 5th place medal atop the WIAA wrestling podium.
At 195lbs. an unfortunate injury held David Steinhorst of Kewaunee out of his opportunity for a 3rd place match. Not wanting to seriously injure himself more, he forfeited the final 2 rounds of his consolation bracket, but still ended his great career with a 6th place medal and his own spot on the WIAA wrestling podium.
I’m Justin Englebert with the conclusion of the state wrestling tournament, live from the Kohl center in Madison for Doorcountydailynews.com.