HAMMOND, Wis. -- St. Croix Central junior Devin Wasley bounced back from a loss in the semifinals to finish third at 170 pounds at the WIAA Division 2 Individual State Wrestling Tournament at Adams-Friendship High School Saturday, Feb. 13.
Wasley, last year’s state runner-up at 160 pounds, lost to Brayden Saint of Prairie du Chien 4-3 in the state semifinals. The score was tied late in the third period until Wasley gave up an uncharacteristic escape point. In the previous weekend at sectionals, Wasley lost 6-5 to eventual state champion Jared Stricker of Ashland to a last second 2 point reversal.
Wasley faced Piontek again in the third place match and came away with an 8-0 major decision to reach the awards podium for the second straight season.
“He was a much better wrestler this year even though he placed one spot lower at the state tournament,” Panther volunteer assistant coach Dennis Wasley said. “He lost to two very good opponents by the slimmest of margins. A couple minor mistakes cost him his goal of becoming a state champion."
Wasley finished the season 20-2. The combined score of all his matches was 133-26. Half of the points scored against Wasley were intentional one point escapes to get additional takedowns.
Wasley is a third generation wrestler in the Wasley family to wrestle at the WIAA State Tournament. His grandfather Mark Wasley was a state qualifier for Mineral Point in 1974 and Dennis Wasley, Devin's dad, was a two-time state qualifier for Holmen and a state runner-up in 1993, losing in overtime in the Division 1 state finals.