10:53am – Sparta's Derek McDonald saw his 2009 State Tournament run come to an end Thursday morning at the hands of Dominic Morelli of Racine Park. Morelli pinned McDonald in 2:43. McDonald finishes the season with a 30-13 record and capped off a great wrestling career for the Spartans.
Sparta's Matt Tourdot reached the 40-win plateau Thursday evening and a place in the 189-pound semifinals. Tourdot opened up action by defeating Jake Dostalek of Waterford 6-2 before taking down Oregon's Kevin Sommers 6-3–a guy he defeated 16-4 earlier this year at the Reedsburg Dual Invitational. Now Tourdot faces the reigning runner-up at 189 from a year ago in Wausau West's Jackson Hein who will be looking for his 50th win of the year modafprovig.com against Tourdot. Hein and Tourdot hit the mat during the round that starts at 7:00pm tonight.
At 119 pounds, Derek McDonald ran into some very stiff competition in Shane McQuade from Appleton West. McQuade lived up to his 45-1 record by tech falling McDonald 17-2. However, McQuade won his second match in overtime ensuring McDonald a wrestleback against Dominic Morelli (39-5) out of Racine Park. Morelli lost in overtime to McQuade 11-9. McDonald wrestles in the round starting at 10am this morning.
Check back here later today for results on both McDonald and Tourdot's matches.
Before you go, check out this video taken by Mike Montgomery of Tourdot's quarterfinal match against Kevin Sommers.
Derek, though it may not have been the season you were hoping for, you were a two time state competitor. Not many share that experience. You’ve wrestled well through the years and been a good team mate.
As a fellow Spartan wrestler, I’ve had the pleasure to watch you wrestle & develop into a fine young man. I wish you the best in your future endeavors and never let “location & time” keep you away from the sport you love.