Holderman, Villnow aiming to close careers with State Titles
By John Kemmeter
Teammates since their early days of grade-school wrestling, seniors Bryce Holderman and Max Villnow will each close out their wrestling careers at Amherst High School this weekend contending for a State Title.
Both wrestlers have one loss this season, with Holderman (38-1) ranked second in Division 3 at 220 pounds, and Villnow (42-1) the top-ranked wrestler in Division 3 at 285, as they head into their third consecutive appearance at the WIAA Individual State Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Thursday through Saturday Feb. 22-24.
“It’s been awesome, just to see the transition throughout the years,” said Holderman. “We’ve literally grown up together and we’re pretty much at the same level now, both in the Top Two in the state.”
“It just goes to show how much work we put in together,” said Villnow. “And we both have the same goal.
“We both want to win a title,” he said.
Holderman and Villnow started wrestling together in grade school with the Amherst Wrestling Club.
Through the years they have also trained with each other as part of former U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Silver Medalist Dennis Hall’s World Gold Wrestling in Stevens Point, and traveled together to compete in tournaments during the summer.
“We both started practices up in the (wrestling) room here in kindergarten,” said Villnow. “We weren’t always the same weight, I don’t think we were until sophomore year, and we were pretty close by then.
“But we’ve just always helped push each other and make each other better,” he said.
“It’s taken a lot of years and time to get to the level where we’re at,” said Holderman. “It’s been a long, hard grind.
“Wrestling summers and lifting all year round, and doing multi-sports just to stay in good shape,” he said.
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