Hatchets Place Two at State Published on 03/01/2020 under Sports
A long season of Hatchet wrestling came to a conclusion Saturday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, as Tomahawk finished with two wrestlers taking the podium when all was said and done. Both Junior Eric Decker and Senior Matti took some of the top spots, with Decker finishing in 4th place in the 195 pound weight class, while Tony Matti came in second in the Heavyweight division. Kade Wenninger also participated, but had his run cut short after dropping his first match of the tournament to Spooner/Webster's Carter Melton, 10-7.

For Decker, he was tasked with a very difficult road. After pinning overpowering and pinning Port Washington's Jacob Peacy in 2:59 in his opening match of the tournament, the Junior faced off against the eventual State Champion in Tyler Hannah, a match in which Decker would come up just short. After the loss, Decker won back-to-back matches over Abram Helsell of Lomira 15-5 and Amery's Kale Hopke 2-1 for a chance at 3rd place. Unfortunately, the Hatchet Junior would fall in 2:09 to Bryce Burns and come in 4th.

In Matti's bracket, he got off to a fast start in his first and second round matches, winning his opener 7-0 over Stanley-Boyd's Tyler Krizan and then cruising past Plymouth's Evan Ladwig 5-1 to get to the semi-final. It was there that he would go face-to-face win the number one ranked wrestler in the state, Michael Douglas. The two heavyweights went back and forth, with Matti holding a 5-4 lead with just seconds left in match. However, a last second stalling call on the Tomahawk Senior tied things up and they were forced into overtime. However, there was no change after one OT, so they went to double overtime, where in the first 30-second period, Matti was able to gain a 6-5 lead by outlasting Douglas. A second 30-second bout was set and Matti held up just long enough to move onto the championship match. However, the road would end there, as Matti was tasked with Denmark's Gabe Wertel, with whom Tony had lost to in sectionals. Wertel out matched Matti and was crowned champion after an 11-5 decision.

For the Hatchets as a whole, they may not have gotten as far up the mountain top as they may have liked, but with a young core returning next season and only losing a few seniors, the Hatchets should be right back in Madison this time next year.

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