On the back of one of his warm up t-shirts, Wrightstown High School wrestler Dillan Micke has the phrase ‘I came in like a wrecking ball’, an homage to a song by singer Miley Cyrus. Micke does have one thing in common with the singer:
He is quickly becoming the center of everyone’s attention.
The senior, wrestling at 113 pounds, won his second straight title at the prestigious Marty Loy Classic wrestling tourney hosted by Fond du Lac High School. The championship makes Micke the first wrestler in the illustrious history of Wrightstown wrestling to win two titles at the Marty Loy.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. It never is at a tournament like this. I just battled the whole day and I came out on top,” Micke said. “My coaches always say ‘win the end of the period and the end of the match’. I always feel my opponent out and then try and take advantage.”
With that first place victory, and several wrestlers finishing in the top 8 of their respective weight classes, the Tigers of co-head coach Matt Verbeten finished in a tie for 9th place, their second straight top 10 finish at the Marty Loy. They scored 110 points, tying them with Wausau West.
“Micke is wrestling as tough as anybody right now. He is so focused; he knows what can do and can’t do and stays within his match,” Verbeten said about his two time Marty Loy champion. “He doesn’t let too many things get to him. It was just good, quality wrestling by Dillan.”
It didn’t start out as a good day for the Tigers, however.
“We had a real tough quarter-final, where we went 1-8. We had a little talk about how we are competing and how we are not wrestling the full six minutes,” Verbeten said. “We also had a talk about attitude in matches. We came back out and finished the day closer to how we wanted to. We didn’t finish in a place we wanted to, but after our talk we came back from our down round, our kids really responded well. “
The next highest finishers for the Tigers after Micke were both fifth places winners. One had a WIAA rule affect his place, and another used his match to gain a little revenge.
Bryce Herlache finished the Marty Loy with a great 4-1 record, but according to WIAA rule, was unable to compete in his final match.
“There is a WIAA rule that states you can only wrestle five matches in a day, and Bryce had five matches going into the fifth place match, so he wasn’t able to wrestle,” Verbeten said. “They gave both wrestlers a fifth place finish.”
For Herlache, it allowed him to continue his growth in what has been a very successful first season at the varsity level.
“It is just building up on things that I need to work on. Every day there is something I am going to have to work harder on,” said the freshman on wrestling in such a tough tournament. “I just need to keep getting better. I need to work on my double leg takedowns. I know I have the speed to hit them, I just need the confidence to follow through.”
Stetson Burmeister not only earned a fifth place finish, he was also to exact some revenge from last season. His opponent in the match, Taylor Rivers of Wautoma/Wild Rose, eliminated Burmeister in the state sectional last season, one match away from making the 160 pound sophomore a state qualifier. At the Marty Loy, however, Burmeister was able to defeat Rivers in overtime 3-2.
“I knew last year when I lost to him at Sectionals, that I could have beat him,” Burmeister said. “So for me to come out here today and beat him means that much more.”
Other top ten for the Tigers include: Michael Bannach finished 7th at 120 pounds; Brady Maes, 6th at 126; Quentin Proson, 8th at 132; Brandon Buechler, 6th at 160; and AJ Craig, 7th at 220.