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Holmen's Trevor Plomedahl attempts to flip Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau's Sam Johnson during Tuesday's 132-pound match at UW-La Crosse's Mitchell Hall. Plomedahl pinned Johnson in 2 minutes, 56 seconds.

Rory O'Driscoll, La Crosse Tribune

Trevor Plomedahl hasn’t wrestled as many matches as he expected when he joined the Holmen High School varsity wrestling team as a freshman.

The first obstacle was a logjam of lightweight competition that has since spread out and found homes in different parts of the lineup to make the Vikings the state’s top Division 1 team.

The next was a concussion during his sophomore season. The third and fourth came as a double whammy when Plomedahl injured his ribs and knee as a junior.

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Holmen's Zach Gordon throws Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau's Bryce Blaken to the mat during their 145-pound match on Tuesday at UW-La Crosse's Mitchell Hall.

“He’s had a lot of ups and downs over the years,” Holmen coach Jason Lulloff said of Plomedahl. “The important thing is that he’s fought through them, and we’re seeing in matches more and more of what he can do.”

Plomedahl controlled from beginning to end his 132-pound match against Melrose-Mindoro/G-E-T’s Sam Johnson and finished it with a pin at the 2-minute, 56-second mark. It was one of 10 Holmen victories in a 49-15 win over the Titans at UW-La Crosse’s Mitchell Hall on Tuesday.

The Vikings, ranked first in Division 1, won seven straight matches after Julian Purney opened the dual with a pin at 126 for the Titans, who are ranked eighth in Division 2, at an event with a official attendance of 537 people that was, in reality, much larger.

Plomedahl (25-7) has been battling illness this season, but he’ll take that over a significant injury any day.

“They are just obstacles to overcome,” Plomedahl, who was limited to 56 matches the last two seasons, said of the injuries. “It’s just like anything else that comes up in life.”

Plomedahl didn’t finish his final Bi-State Classic the way he wanted to by going 4-4 and placing 12th, but the seeds that forced him to miss the Sauk Prairie Invitational on Jan. 6 may have been planted by that time.

Plomedahl has won five of his last six matches, and he picked up two pins while placing fifth at Saturday’s Sparta Invitational. He said he wasn’t yet 100 percent there, but ended that tournament by pinning his opponent in the first period of the placement match.

“Trevor has always been a great guy to have on our roster,” Lulloff said. “The injuries, even this year getting sick and falling out of our lineup a little bit, haven’t stopped making him tough as nails when he can wrestle.”

Plomedahl’s win started the seven-match run against the Titans and helped the team remain undefeated in dual meets this season. The Vikings are one win away from completing an unbeaten MVC season with one remaining dual at home against Sparta on Feb. 1.

That is one thing that continued to push Plomedahl back after the injuries forced him to miss large chunks of time. He knows the Vikings have a special lineup, and he wants a role in helping it reach its potential.

“I love my team, and I’m here for my team,” Plomedahl said. “Us seniors have been pushing for a season like this from the start. We’re also getting help from younger wrestlers to get where we want to go.”

Coaches and teammates have always know that getting to the top of the mountain would be made easier with Plomedahl. Senior teammate Tanner Schultz couldn’t say enough good things about him during the Bi-State Classic and pointed out how much better Plomedahl has made teammates in the practice room when healthy.

But being able to show how good he can be more consistently on dual and invitational days has been important to Plomedahl, too.

“He’s really evolved as far as his confidence,” Lulloff said. “He’s always been the hard worker in the room, and when he doesn’t wrestle, it’s for a very good reason.

“But I think his confidence has really been built this season.”

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