Kilty’s run ends in state final By Nate Woelfel
MADISON – One can only imagine how exhausting it was to be Macey Kilty this weekend.
The Stratford freshman fell in the Division 3 106-pound championship match on Saturday night Kohl Center. However, she made history as just the second female competitor to ever place at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament.
Make no mistake, State is draining for any athlete who is fortunate enough to take part in it. But few of the 560 wrestlers who participated in this year’s event were under a microscope like Kilty was.
Kilty was the only female competitor in the field. And if that wasn’t enough to grab everyone’s attention, the results she produced made her the highlight of each session she participated in.
On Thursday night she announced her presence with an 8-1 win over Jake Nadeau of Glenwood City in the preliminary round.
A win in Friday morning’s quarterfinal assured her a place on the podium. Then came a semifinal clash between, arguably, two of the most notable wrestlers in the tournament: Kilty and Bayfield/Washburn’s Zack Anglin.
Anglin, who was born without full arms or legs, was making his second straight appearance in the semifinals. He fell to Kilty’s teammate A.J. Schoenfuss in last year’s semis.
Kilty was able to win a thriller, 5-4 in a tiebreaker pushing her to Saturday night’s title bout.
Early in the final, it looked to be Kilty’s night. She quickly put Clear Lake’s Ryan Anderson on his back. Though Anderson was eventually able to belly-out, the opening sequence gave Kilty a 5-0 lead.
From there, however, Anderson took control of the match. Soon, Kilty found herself fighting to get off her back. She found herself down 9-5. It was a deficit that she was unable to overcome as she lost by decision 9-6.
Following the match, a visibly spent Kilty met with a group of reporters. Displaying great poise, she answered each question and maintained her composure while doing so.
Her greatest source of frustration was failing to secure the fall when she had the chance.
“I was pretty close. I was just a little bit off,” Kilty said. “That’s the difference between a pin and a loss.”
Kilty is well aware of the significance of what she accomplished. But for now, she is understandably thinking of what could have been.
“I’ll be proud of myself, but I knew that I could have pulled that one off,” Kilty said. “But, oh well, I have next year.”
Come this time next season, only one result will do.
“I’m going to be working for being on top of that podium,” Kilty said. “I believe I should have been up there tonight. It’s what I’ll be working for.”
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