Two-time Middle Border Conference champion. Two-time qualifier in the WIAA Division 1 state championships.
New Richmond senior Nathan Fehlen has put together quite a wrestling resume.
Fehlen competed in his second straight WIAA Division 1 state tournament over the weekend. Fehlen was able to register one win in the three matches he wrestled in this year's state tournament. He finishes the season with a 29-11 record.
Fehlen had the toughest draw imaginable to start the 160-pound state bracket, drawing defending 160-pound state champion Tyler Dow of Stoughton. Dow was as good as advertised. He grabbed Fehlen and took him down in the first 10 seconds of the match. Fehlen tried to fight him off, but Dow scored a pin 1:17 into the match. Dow went on to place second at state, losing to the defending 152-pound state champion, Peyton Mocco of West Allis Hale.
"Nathan said he's never felt such strength in his life," New Richmond coach Jeff Swanson said of Fehlen's opening opponent.
When Dow won in the next round, it gave Fehlen a wrestleback match against Dow's second victim, Cooper Schlosser of West Bend East (41-8). This was a close match the entire way, with Fehlen able to win 8-6 for his first career win at the state tournament.
That win put Fehlen in the placement round against West DePere's Evan Frisque (45-6). This was another match that came down to the final seconds. The score was tied 1-1 with 20 seconds remaining. In a tie-up along the edge of the mat, Fehlen was nearly able to throw Frisque with a headlock. Frisque countered and was able to spin Fehlen to the mat, getting a takedown and two back points in the final seconds of the match for a 5-1 win. Frisque would go on to place fourth in the state bracket.
Swanson said Fehlen should feel good about all he's accomplished in his Tiger wrestling career.
"He took it in stride. He's a classy kid, off and on the mat," Swanson said.