Sparta's Matt Tourdot defeated a pair of wrestlers he faced earlier this season en route to finishing 3rd at 189 pounds in the Division One state tournament.
Tourdot kicked off the day by wrestling Nick Broadway of Hartford Union and it was Tourdot, not Broadway, that put on a show. Tourdot avenged a 4-2 loss to Broadway at the West Allis Invite by winning 5-1 and advancing to the third place bout.
Matching up with Tourdot for the third place match was Appleton North's Tremayne Williams. At the Freedom Invitational back on January 17th, Tourdot shutout Williams 7-0 to advance to the finals of that tournament, which he eventually won. The end result was no different today as Tourdot defeated Williams 4-2 to secure a spot on the podium.
Tourdot finishes the season with a 42-3 record, which ties him with Jared Rickert and Jeff Dolan for second all-time on the Spartan single season wins list. Rickert still owns that record with 48 wins during the 2006-07 season.
The addition of new tournaments this year definitely helped Tourdot in his journey to the podium. Many of the wrestlers he faced in this tournament and in sectionsl, Tourdot met at tournaments that were not on the Spartan schedule last year or a few years ago. Next year could also be interesting for Tourdot and Sparta as a whole as there is a good chance that Sparta could drop to Division Two because of decreasing enrollment. Whether or not that happens depends on a number of factors and won't be known until later this year.
In any case, a big congrats to Matt Tourdot for his 3rd place finish and for a great season!
Check out the videos below to see both of Tourdot's matches on Saturday.
3rd Place Match :: Tourdot vs. Appleton North's Tremayne Williams
Tourdot vs. Hartford Union's Nick Broadway 1st Half
Tourdot vs. Hartford Union's Nick Broadway 2nd Half
And finally, we have a bonus video of La Crosse Logan's Josh Viner vs. Racine Horlick's Jeff Bias. Check out Viner getting slammed around the four minute part of the match, which led to the disqualification and Viner winning the match.
Check back here later this week for more news and information regarding this season, next season's schedule and the upcoming banquet. Also, thanks to Mike Montgomery for taking all the videos at this year's state tournament!