A second-place finish by St. Croix Central eighth-grader Parker Shackleton topped the performances of the 11 area competitors who took part in the 2019 Kids Folkstyle Wrestling State Championships, held Friday and Saturday at the Alliant Center in Madison.
St. Croix Central had seven wrestlers competing at the state championships. New Richmond and Somerset both had two wrestlers competing.
Shackleton competed in the 190-pound bracket for the 2004-05 age division. He won his first three matches in the state meet, all on first period pins. In the championship match he faced Gunnar Hoffmann of Neillsville-Granton. It was a close match, with Hoffmann winning 5-2.
This was the fifth time Shackleton has competed at state. Panther coach Brad Holzer said that's a direct result of Shackleton's work ethic. Holzer said that since the middle school season ended, Shackleton has been practicing with the Panther high school coaches. Holzer said Shackleton has concentrated over the past year on shooting singles and said it helped him in his state tournament matches. Holzer said he thinks Shackleton will make a smooth transition to high school wrestling next year.
"He's got man-strength already. I don't think there'll be many kids stronger than him, even high school kids," Holzer predicted.
Brock Swenson was in his fourth state tournament and he won two matches at state in the 88-pound class for the 2006-07 division. Trennon Holzer, Jake Swenson and Maverick Kostrzak were winners in one match at the state tournament. Owen Wasley and Teague Holzer were defeated in both of their matches at state.
Elisabeth Anderson and Evan Derrick represented New Richmond at the state meet. Anderson is an eighth-grader and Derrick is in second grade.
Anderson wrestled in the 2004-05 bracket. She received a bye in the opening round at state. In the semifinals, she pinned her opponent in the second period, earning a spot in the state finals in the 152-pound class. The title match was very close. Anderson slipped while executing a move and her opponent took advantage, putting Anderson to her back for the pin.
Derrick didn't place at state, but was involved in three close matches. His opening match in the 72-pound class of the 2010-11 division went to overtime, with Derrick losing 7-5. Derrick bounced back with a strong performance, winning 9-5. In his third match, Derrick was leading 8-5, but he was thrown for a four-point move in the final seconds, resulting in a 9-8 loss.
Maleah Lytle and Vinny Sindt were Somerset's competitors at state. Lytle competed in the 105-pound class of the 2006-07 age division. Sindt competed in the 85-pound bracket of the 2010-11 division.
Sindt was the sixth-place finisher in his weight class. He was defeated in his opening match, then reeled off three straight wins to get into the medal rounds.
"He wrestled with nice aggression and a lot of error free periods," said Somerset coach Ali Peterson.
Lytle wasn't able to reach the medal rounds.
"She is in her second year of wrestling and implemented a lot of the techniques we have been working, just didn't have the experience in a few critical spots," Peterson said.