MADISON, WI – While the cinderella story didn’t end with the glass slipper for Kenny Fesenmaier, the Spring Valley senior did come home with a sixth place finish in the WIAA State individual tournament last weekend, which is a pretty good finish for someone that had never made it out of regionals prior to this season.

It is still disappointing to not come home with a championship medal, but in perspective, the senior lost to the eventual state champion in the semifinal round, and gave him all he could handle.

Fesenmaier, the regional and sectional champion, had a bye the first round on Thursday and had the opportunity to watch the other wrestlers compete as well as take it all in from the floor, not the seats.

On Friday morning, the senior opened his state wrestling experience with a 4-0 win over Aaron Ragels of Fennimore. Ragels, a junior with a record of 38-12, had beaten Adam Duenk of Cedar Grove-Belgium on Thursday with a win by fall in the first period to meet Fesenmaier.

The win put Fesenmaier in a match with Jacog Giesz of Bonduel, the number one ranked wrestler in the state at 195 in Division 3.

Fesenmaier wrestled well against the state number one, refusing to be pinned and fighting off the 44-2 Giesz, but eventually the better wrestler prevailed with a 5-2 decision win over Fesenmaier, ending the senior’s title hopes.

Giesz would win the championship match with a 4-3 decision win over Caden Straka of Lancaster.

Fesenmaier would lose his next two matches to finish in sixth place. He lost to Evan Grubbs, the third ranked wrestler in the state from Kenosha Christian Life, 10-5. Then he lost the fifth place match to Ragels, whom he beat earlier in the meet, in a 4-2 decision.

Fesenmaier finishes his senior campaign with a sixth place finish in the state and an overall record of 33-16 for the season.

Congratulations on a great season, Kenny!