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No. 156 wasn’t as dominant as the other wins that have defined Jordan Bremer’s (No. 14 @ 113) Woodbury Central High School wrestling career.
A Class 1A state champion at 103 as both a sophomore and a junior, the Sioux City Journal’s Siouxland Athlete of the Week settled for a 6-3 win over Zach Siegle of Scott West (Minn.) Saturday afternoon in the 113-pound title match at the Denver-Tripoli Invitational. During the meet, the top-ranked Bremer passed the previous school-record of 154 wins set by 2005 graduate Brett Rose and defeated the second-ranked (Class 2A) Siegle in the finals of this tournament for the second straight year.
“I pushed the pace the whole first period, I took 10 shots to his one,” said the 18-year old son of Johnny and Debbie Bremer of Moville, who’s 23-0 with 19 falls, all in the first period.
“I kept pushing the pace. He’d try to counteract my shots and then, when I’d get a deep shot, he’d be on the edge of the mat. I beat him 5-2 last year and this was the same kind of match. It was like déjà vu again.”
It was the 78th consecutive win, dating back to the 2009-10 season, for Bremer, who knows he’ll have matches like these at next month’s state tournament.
“It’s good for Jordan to get challenged like this at this point of the season, otherwise, he’s not prepared,” said Woodbury Central Coach Adam McElrath, whose fourth-ranked squad, 13-0 in duals, finished fourth at Denver-Tripoli. First-place Scott West was followed by No. 1 (Class 2A) Denver-Tripoli while No. 2 (1A) Nashua-Plainfield took third.
“It’s good to put a scare into him. Then, he has to step it up over the next month and a half.”
Bremer has been stepping it up for four seasons, launching a 30-0 start to his career with a win over Sioux City East’s Kory Kistner. Yet, the first-period pin success didn’t occur consistently until last season, when his 45-0 record included 28 pins, 25 which came in the opening period.
“My mindset is to go out and get a couple of quick takedowns, let you go, get the third (takedown), then I start to hammer you on top and look for the fall,” said Bremer, whose fastest pin this season is 18 seconds.
“I want to dominate. I want to hammer people and make them get it in their head that they don’t want to step on the mat against me. I’m not trying to be mean, it’s just that wrestling is a war and I want to be the most physical guy.”