By Keith Skenandore
Thunder wrestler Wyatt Kaczrowski’s goal to improve on last year’s second place finish at the WIAA Division 2 State Wrestling Championships will fall short with a loss in tonight’s semifinal match.
Kaczrowski would fall by a 3-2 decision to senior Josh Frye of Viroqua (45-4) in their 113 pound match.
The first period would remain tied at zero as both wrestlers fought for a takedown but neither one could gain control. Kaczrowski did receive a warning for stalling which would come into play later.
To start the second period, the junior Kaczrowski would be in the down position and would score a 1-point escape early in the period for a 1-0 lead. Later in the period Kaczrowski would receive another stalling call thus a penalty point was awarded to Frye to tie the score 1-1.
That score would carry on into the start of the third period with Frye starting in the down position. Frye would score a 2-point reversal giving him a 3-1 lead.
Kaczrowski would give it his all to get a 2-point reversal to tie the match or an escape to pull within one and fight from his feet for a better offensive chance to score. He would get the 1-point escape, however, that came as time was about to expire, thus handing him the 3-2 loss.
Earlier in the day, Kaczrowski defeated freshman Easton Hull of Waupun (39-9) by a 13-5 major decision in the quarterfinals.
Prior to the quarterfinal round, Kaczrowski, who entered the championships with a 42-3 record, defeated junior Thomas Oswald of Osceola (39-7) by a 13-3 major decision in the preliminary rounds last night.
Watch for an update tomorrow afternoon to see if Kaczrowski will end up on the third step of the podium during the tournament’s final day.