MADISON – Hartford’s Beau Breske doesn’t get many chances to seek redemption.
That’s because the senior is a staggering 202-3 in his four-year stint with the Orioles and is a four-time state finalist, with two titles to his name. He will wrestle for his third on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.
Breske is currently ranked No.1 in the state at 182 pounds in Division 1 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online and No.4 in the nation at his weight by FloWrestling.com.
However, the D1 182-pound state championship match figures to be a rare opportunity for one of the state’s top wrestlers to right a wrong.
Breske’s last loss came just over a year ago, in the D1 170-pound state title bout. He was on the verge of completing his second consecutive perfect season and winning a third straight state championship.
But Merrill’s Mason Reinhardt had other plans. He upended Breske 5-4 in a tiebreaker to capture the state title and deny the standout the chance to even pursue becoming one of the handful of Wisconsin wrestlers to ever win four state championships.
The loss was the first for Breske in over two calendar years. He hasn’t lost since.
Friday night, Breske improved to 50-0 on the season with 17-2 win over Dylan Anderson of Hudson in the state semifinals. He was able to corral the technical fall in a mere 2:20.
“That’s definitely what I wanted to do,” Breske said. “I wanted to score points and wrestle a good match. I was trying to pin him in the first, but I ended up getting a tech.”
The loss was the first of the season for Anderson who fell to 45-1 on the year.
Breske, a University of Nebraska commit, wrestles year-round mixing in freestyle and Greco-Roman to go along with his exposure to folkstyle. With a busy schedule like that, the days since his last folkstyle loss flew by.
“It felt like a long time, but I wrestle so much … there’s always another tournament coming up,” Breske said. “Last year seems like a long time ago but, now that I look at it, it went by fast. It’s amazing how fast a high school career can go.”
Even in the midst of the chance to cap off another undefeated season, Breske knows better than to think of himself as invincible.
“Anyone is beatable. The best people in the world are beatable,” Breske said. “If I train hard and keep my mental game strong – I’ll never be unbeatable, but I’ll be the closest thing to it.”
Breske’s opponent in Saturday’s final is Oscar Ramos of Kenosha Bradford/Reuther. The senior sports a record of 47-2. His plan is to try and slow Breske’s offense in the early going.
“I’m just going to go in there and try to wrestle my own match, see how it goes out there,” Ramos said. “I’ll try to not let him get those quick takedowns like he has been doing. I think I can do it.”
As for Breske, he feels he simply needs to stick to what got him here.
“I just have to do what I did tonight. Get a good warm-up in. Get my mind right. Go out there with a little bit of swagger, feeling loose and relaxed and just wrestle my match.”