Amherst’s Holderman wins State Title
By John Kemmeter
Amherst High School’s Bryce Holderman capped a dominant senior season by winning the WIAA Division 3 State Title at 220 pounds at the Wrestling Individual State Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Feb. 24.
Second-ranked Holderman recorded pins in his first three matches at state to advance to the State Championship Match Saturday night, where he pinned top-ranked Noah Wieczorek of Clear Lake (43-2) in 1:44 to win the State Title and finish 41-1.
“It’s amazing,” said Holderman. “I just went out there and I wrestled my match and took it to him.
“Everything pieced together, I watched him in his matches when I was supposed to be warming up, but I just went out there and wrestled my hardest and I knew I had to put everything on the line,” he said.
“He was just dominating,” said first-year Amherst wrestling head coach Charlie Wanty. “There’s no question he’s the No. 1 guy, and every match was a statement match.
“He took care of business, he had fun doing it, and that was just an honor to sit in his corner,” he said. “It’s just awesome watching guys like that.”
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