Fishers, Indiana Native wins Super 8 Invitational
Platteville Wis.- University of Wisconsin-Plattville sophomore Alexander Strueder (Fisher, Indiana) scored a takedown in sudden victory to win the 157 pound championship in the annual Super 8 Invitaional in the Pioneers’ Williams Fieldhouse.
With the score tied 3-3 late in the third period, Strueder needed a take down due to the point for riding time that Jessy Diaz of the University of Dubuque would have been rewarded. Stueder got the take down and what was thought to be for the championship as time ran out. The officials got together and determined that Strueder let go of Diaz with one second on the clock and rewarded Diaz with a point for escaping and the extra point for riding time to force sudden victory period.
Starting in neutral position, Stueder made short work as the aggresser in the sudden victory period recording the takedown 10 seconds into the period to officaly be crowned the champion.
“Coach (Mike) DeRoehn always preaches to fight your butt off, how hard can you fight. I gave up a takedown early, but came back and got the takedown with a second left, going in to overtime I knew I was prepared, we been working our butts off in the (wrestling) room,” Strueder said. “I knew I had an opportunity to go out there and make a statement and not leave it in the hands of the officials and take the match in my hands. I went back to what was working for me, my double underhooks, and took him down and that was the match.”
“Mindset was the difference maker for Strueder today. Throughout the tournament, he did a great job of listening to the coaches and then executed some crucial in-match technical adjustments,” DeRoehn said. “It was outstanding to see him keep his composure under pressure in the championship match and we’re really proud of his fight out there today.”
The Pioneers return to the mat Nov. 20 at UW-Whitewater.
Written by: Jason Piddington, Public Relations Writer-Athletics, Communications, 608-342-7645, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo taken by: Andy McNeill, Campus Photographer, Communications