Treyton Ackman rebounds for fifth place at state meet
For one of Spencer-Columbus’ state-qualifying Ackman brothers, the third time on the WIAA Division 2 individual wrestling tournament mats was not the charm. For the other, his second venture at the Kohl Center in Madison produced a better finish than last year.
Rocket senior Ashton Ackman saw his high school career come to an end in Madison, in a 113-pound quarterfinal overtime loss. He had qualified for the state meet for the third time by virtue of his second-place finish at the Feb. 22 sectional meet in Osceola, and took a 38-4 season record into his first match in Madison, against Oconto Falls senior Brendan Konitzer. As it was in his previous state tourney appearances in his freshman and junior seasons, Ashton was not able to get through the quarterfinal round, as he dropped a 3-1 overtime decision to Konitzer. Konitzer would end up taking fifth in the weight class and end his season with a 35-15 record. The weight class title went to Winneconne sophomore Caleb Meunier (47-1).
In his second state meet appearance, Rocket sophomore Treyton Ackman made his presence known, at 120 pounds. As a freshman, he lost his quarterfinal match, but this year began his state tournament with a 12-6 decision over Beloit Turner senior Devon Harbison (42-6).
Treyton then lost his semifinal match on an 8-3 decision to Waupaca sophomore Kaleb Mannel (39-14). That sent him to the consolation bracket, where he avenged a 12-7 loss in the sectional semifi nals to Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg-Siren sophomore Taedon Nichols (39-6). This time around, Ackman caught Nichols to record a pin in 2:22 to advance to the next round.
Ackman then dropped a 6-2 decision to Lodi sophomore Chandler Curtis (38-9), which put him in the fifth-place match. Again Ackman got a chance to avenge an earlier loss, this time against Mannel. He dominated the action this time for an 8-0 decision, to see his season record end at 43-7.
The 120-pound Division 2 weight class title went to Stanley-Boyd junior Blaine Brenner. He won his second straight state title with a 45-0 season record, defeating East Troy senior Tommy Larson (12-1) on a 7-4 decision in the finals.
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