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Hammers go undefeated at John Timm Tournament; team takes fourth place

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – The 16th annual John Timm Wrestling Tournament was held last Saturday in the Glenwood City gymnasiums.

Schools participating in the tournament besides Glenwood City were Triton, Somerset, Amery, Spooner and Neillsville.

As a team, the Hilltoppers lacked some in performance as they finished in fourth place out of the six teams.

“I expected that we would be out of wrestling shape with the short period of practice we have had. I was pleased with our effort on the mat, but I was concerned about our mental preparation before matches. We need to focus on conditioning, mat awareness and mental focus,” said coach Shane Strong.

Individually, the “Hammers”, Riley Knops, Adam Holmquist and Austin Moe, went undefeated in the tournament.

This was Knops’ fourth time having an undefeated record in the tournament, which is now a standing record.

Knops is wrestling at his heaviest weight going into his senior year as he has worked his way up from 103 pounds to 120 pounds through the years.

Knops’ first match against Dustin Metzig of Spooner ended with a pin in 40 seconds. The second match against Jared Boon of Neillsville ended 2-0. The third match was won by forfeit. The fourth match against Blake Randall of Triton resulted in a pin at 3:45 and the final match against Logan Martell of Amery was a pin as well.

Holmquist wrestled at 145 and pinned Patrick Baker of Spooner in just over two minutes. He pinned Michael Chadwick of Neillsville in his second match. He beat Robert LeRoy of Somerset in a 8-2 decision in the third match and it was a 3-1 decision over Alex Head of Triton in the fourth match. His final match against Austin Klugow of Amery ended in a pin in the second period.

Moe wrestled his first three matches at 160 pounds. The first match against Sebastian Brobst of Spooner ended in a tech fall 16-1. He won by a 5-0 decision against Jake Rueth of Neillsville and a decision of 2-0 against Mitch Nichols of Amery. He wrestled at 152 and pinned Dallas Johnson of Somerset in just under two minutes. The final match was won by a forfeit.

Also finishing with a winning record of 4-1 was junior Blayze Wood. He wrestled his first three matches at 182 and then the final two at 170. He was pinned by Lucas Hagberg of Spooner, but redeemed himself by pinning wrestlers from Neillsville, Somerset and Triton and won by a decision of 7-5 against Chaz Hegna of Amery.

Donovan Fornal also finished the tournament with a winning record of 3-2 at 195 pounds. He won his first three matches by a forfeit and then pins against Neillsville and Somerset. He lost to wrestlers from Triton and Amery in his last two matches.

Heavy weight Alex Little was just shy of a winning record as he finished 2-3 on the day, which was also his first wrestling tournament. The two matches were won after he pinned Colton Brown of Somerset in 33 seconds and pinned Adam Vacura of Triton in 17 seconds.

Clarence Rogers was also undefeated on the varsity team due to two forfeits.

The Hilltoppers did not have any wrestlers for the 106 and 113 weight class, but those weights looked to be filled by the start of the new year.

Filling out the rest of the varsity roster were Damian Hoitomt (126) who was 1-2, Jake Carlson (132/138) who was 1-4, Billy Norenberg (138) who was 1-2, Hunter Chouinard (152) who was 1-2, Jeff Kopacz (160/170) who was 0-4, Brennan Kessler (170/182) who was 1-2 and Skylar Peterson (220) who was 0-5.


Round 1: Amery 52, Glenwood City 21

106 – Andrew Smith (A) received forfeit; 113 – Hunter Marko (A) received forfeit; 120 – Riley Knops (GC) pinned Logan Martell (A), 2:07; 126 – Johnny Benitez (A) pinned Damian Hoitomt (GC), 2:03; 132 – Joe Gates (A) pinned Jake Carlson (GC), 2:39; 138 – Bennett Paulson (A) pinned Billy Norenberg (GC), 4:41; 145 – Adam Holmquist (GC) pinned Austin Klugow (A), 2:25; 152 – Hunter Chouinard (GC) dec. Michael Cree (A), 6-0; 160 – Austin Moe (GC) dec. Mitch Nichols (A), 2-0; 170 – Broden Schock (A) pinned Jeff Kopacz (GC), 1:57; 182 – Blayze Wood (GC) dec. Chaz Hegna (A), 7-5; 195 – Eil Newton (A) majored Donovan Fornal (GC), 12-0; 220 – Ken Gates (A) pinned Skylar Peterson (GC), 0:59; 285 – Adam Johanson (A) pinned Alex Little (GC), 1:44.

Round 2: Spooner 42, Glenwood City 33

106 – Blake Larson (S) received forfeit; 113 – Andy Mason (S) received forfeit; 120 – Double forfeit; 126 – Riley Knops (GC) pinned Dustin Metzig (S), 0:40; 132 – Clarence Rogers (GC) received forfeit;  138 – Jake Carlson (GC) majored RJ Anderson (S), 8-0; 145 – Adam Holmquist (GC) pinned Patrick Baker (S), 2:05; 152 – Dylan Sahr (S) pinned Hunter Chouinard (GC), 2:04; 160 – Austin Moe (GC) tech falled Sebastian Brobst (S), 16-1; 170 – Hunter Huth (S) pinned Jeff Kopacz (GC), 1:33; 182 – Lucas Hagberg (S) pinned Blayze Wood (GC), 3:52; 195 – Donovan Fornal (GC) received forfeit; 220 – Zach Shutt (S) pinned Skylar Peterson (GC), 0:31; 285 – Blake Johnson (S) pinned Alex Little (GC), 0:29.

Round 3: Glenwood City 51, Somerset 24

106 – Double forfeit; 113 – Arthur Rhysinke (S) received forfeit; 120 – Riley Knops (GC) received forfeit; 126 – Damian Hoitomt (GC) received forfeit; 132 – Clarence Rogers (GC) received forfeit; 138 – Logan Peterson (S) pinned Jake Carlson (GC), 2:06; 145 – Adam Holmquist (GC) dec. Robert LeRoy (S), 8-2; 152 – Austin Moe (GC) pinned Dallas Johnson (S), 1:40; 160 – Gabe Flandrick (S) pinned Jeff Kopacz (GC), 1:45; 170 – Blayze Wood (GC) pinned Gage Kreucher (S), 4:48; 182 – Brennan Kessler (GC) pinned Tyler Lueck (S), 3:54; 195 – Donovan Fornal (GC) pinned Cole Martinson (S), 3:23; 220 – Derrick Berry (S) pinned Skylar Peterson (GC), 1:51; 285 – Alex Little (GC) pinned Colton Brown (S), 0:33.

Round 4: Neillsville 45, Glenwood City 30

106 – Mitchell Mayville (N/G/L) received forfeit; 113 – Kanyon Rachu (N/G/L) received forfeit; 120 – Riley Knops (GC) dec. Jared Boon (N/G/L), 2-0; 126 – Morgan Malm (N/G/L) pinned Damian Hoitomt (GC), 1:09; 132 – Phillip Opelt (N/G/L) pinned Jake Carlson (GC), 2:20; 138 – Billy Norenberg (GC) pinned Steve Edelson (N/G/L), 2:52; 145 – Adam Holmquist (GC) pinned Michael Chadwick (N/G/L), 4:30; 152 – Ben Anding (N/G/L) majored Hunter Chouinard (GC), 10-2; 160 – Austin Moe (GC) dec. Jake Rueth (N/G/L), 5-0; 170 – Mitchell Pohlman (N/G/L) tech falled Brennan Kessler (GC), 19-2; 182 – Blayze Wood (GC) pinned Cody Thur (N/G/L), 2:15; 195 – Donovan Fornal (GC) pinned Bob Hogan (N/G/L), 0:29; 220 – Dan Rossow (N/G/L) pinned Skylar Peterson (GC), 0:48; 285 – Anthony Peplinski (N/G/L) pinned  Alex Little (GC), 4:23.

Round 5: Triton, MN 43, Glenwood City 27

106 – Double forfeit; 113 – Colton Chico (Triton) received forfeit; 120 – Riley Knops (GC) pinned Blake Randall (Triton), 3:45; 126 – Patrick Ramirez (Triton) received forfeit; 132 – Gavin Bowman (Triton) dec. Jake Carlson (GC), 8-4; 138 – Seth Johnson (Triton) pinned Billy Norenberg (GC), 0:29; 145 – Adam Holmquist (GC) dec. Alex Head (Triton), 3-1; 152 – Austin Moe (GC) received forfeit; 160 – Levi Hickey (Triton) pinned Jeff Kopacz (GC), 1:56; 170 – Blayze Wood (GC) pinned Max Henderson (Triton), 2:53; 182 – Brock Franko (Triton) majored Brennan Kessler (GC), 12-1; 195 – Lucas Etchason (Triton) pinned Donovan Fornal (GC), 2:49; 220 – Randy Henderson (Triton) pinned Skylar Peterson (GC), 2:03; 285 – Alex Little (GC) pinned Adam Vacura (Triton), 0:17.