By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — Four Glenwood City youth wrestlers competed in Madison the weekend of March 22-23 for the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Kids’ Folkstyle State Championship. Jake O’Meara and Ian Radintz each brought home medals and Austin Curvello and Jacob Nadeau made the journey as well.
O’Meara, an eighth grader, competed in the 145 pound weight class and started in the bottom half of the bracket and wrestled his first match against Sean Ziegler of De Soto and won on a major decision of 9-1. He then wrestled Collin Mirkes of Sturgeon Bay Sevastopol and won on another decision of 5-0. In the semi-finals, O’Meara faced Zach Coffeen of Laconia and was pinned in just over a minute. He then lost to Jake Raschke of Pewaukee, which put him in fourth place.
Also taking a place on the podium was Radintz, a second grader, who started at the top of the bracket and wrestled against Dorian Solis of the KWA Bulldogs and lost on a 6-0 decision. He then began the long process of working his way back through the bracket and won three consecutive matches against Damen Hammond on a 6-4 decision, Wyatt Ahnen on a 3-2 decision and Gavin Market on a 2-0 decision. He then had to face off against Solis for the second time and lost which put him in the position for fifth place but he lost to Taedon Nicholas on a 8-0 decision and took sixth place.
Seventh graders Curvello and Nadeau both competed, but were not able to bring a metal home. Curvello at 76 pounds lost his first match to Keegan O’Toole on a 10-1 decision and then had to wrestle Kenton Peterson and lost on a 7-1 decision.
Nadeau won his first match against Caden Evers after pinning him in a minute and a half. He then lost to Cayden Robson on a 10-0 decision, which dropped him to the bottom of the bracket where he had to wrestle back against Zachary Weiler and lost by a point on a 3-2 decision.