Two Lakeland wrestlers traveled to Wrightstown over the weekend to compete in the Division 2 WIAA sectionals of the state wrestling tournament.

Lakeland’s Tim Burnett wrested at 126 pounds and lost both matches on the day.

He first was pinned by Cody Holmes of Two Rivers. Then he was pinned by Koy Murphy of Freedom, though he was battling tough at the time of the pin.

“What doesn’t show in the score line is that at the time that Tim got pinned the score was actually 7-2. So it was actually a pretty competitive match up until Tim got pinned,” Lakeland head coach Adam Bremer said. “He was only down 7-2 and that was a state qualifier from last year.”

Bremer sees Burnett’s day, despite the record, as only being a positive experience moving forward.

“Tim Burnett and I had a really good talk and we talked about being a freshman and having this opportunity is awesome, because the nice thing is now it’s not new,” Bremer said. “Now it’s not something that he hasn’t seen before. He’s seen high quality wrestling and he’s seen what it’s like to wrestle in a gym full of people who expect high quality wrestling. So that was great.”

But Bremer does point out, that even this year Burnett was not out of place by any means.

“Even though Tim was 0-2, he was competitive,” Bremer said. “He belonged there. He was in a weight class that wasn’t unreasonable for him to be in and competing. So when we look at building and moving forward that’s something for us to build on.”

Junior Jason Hilgart wrestled at 145 pounds and also lost both matches.

He first was pinned by Ben Durocher of Wrightstown. Then he lost by decision in the wrestle-back match to Logan Heimbruch of New London.  

“Jason didn’t wrestle badly in his first match he was just out gunned,” Bremer said. “In his wrestle-back match, his second match, we saw Jason do things that we’ve been wanting him to do all season and he kind of came out of nowhere with it, so what we’d really like to do is now use that as our place to build off as a starting point for next year.”

Looking forward, Bremer laments the loss of his seniors but is encouraged he will return a good number of wrestlers in his line-up.

“We’re losing a lot of quality in our seniors, although when you have 14 weight classes and you lose only 2-3 seniors who have consistently been in the line-up its a great feeling because you know you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to try to get back to what you’re working on,” Bremer said. “On the same token, that’s a lot of experience we have walking out the door and just some of that mentality will be greatly missed.”

Both Burnett and Hilgart return for the T-Birds next year.

Jacob Friede may be reached at jacob@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.