By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY – After one short week of practice, the annual John Timm Tournament at the Glenwood City High School ended on a bit of a sour note for the Hilltoppers as they finished in fifth place as a team out six schools.
The Toppers had 15 individuals on the team for Saturday’s tournament with three athletes missing and three weight classes open on the roster at 106, 113 and 145.
The Hilltoppers won against Somerset on a 48-30 final, but were upset by Amery, Spooner, Neillsville and Triton.
Starting off the roster was freshman, Joe Obermueller at 120 pounds. He finished 1-4 on the day after receiving one forfeit and then four pins.
At 126 pounds was fellow freshman, Spencer Peterson who finished 2-3 at his varsity debut with two forfeits for wins and then three pins against him.
At 132 pounds was another freshman wrestler, Marcus Ullom who finished with a winning record of 4-1 on the day. He won by a decision of 5-4 in his first match, received a forfeit in the second, won in overtime by 9-7 in the third and finished with a pin in 1:24.
Ullom also wrestled at 138 pounds for one match and lost on a 9-2 decision against Bowman from Triton.
Also competing at 138 was Austin Wannemacker who finished 0-2 on the day after being pinned twice.
Next at 152 pounds was senior grappler, Jake Carlson who finished 2-3 on the day. Also trying out the 152 weight class was freshman Jake Logghe who went 0-1.
Carlson won over Dado of Amery by a 7-1 decision to start off the tournament. His second and final win was against Pederson of Neillsville with a pin at 1:34. He lost two matches at 152 and then another while wrestling at 160 against Jennings from Triton.
Finishing out at 160 was Hunter Chouinard with a 1-4 record on the day. His one win came against Kern from Somerset after he pinned him in the second period. His first match of the day was at 170 pounds against Warman of Amery, which ended in a loss by pin.
It was Isaac Tuttle that finished out in the 170 pound weight class with a 4-1 record on the day also. He won on a 3-1 decision, then a major decision of 10-1 and then a pin in 50 seconds while at 170. His fourth win came at 182 pounds with a fall in the second period over Henderson of Triton.
Wrestling two matches at 182 pounds was Jeff Kopacz. He went 1-1 at that weight with a fall in 37 seconds versus Neillsville and then he was pinned during the dual against Spooner. He also suited up at 195 and won by a forfeit to finish 2-1 on the day.
Also with two matches at 182 was Blayze Wood who lost on a decision of 2-1 and then 3-0. He also competed at 195 and won by a major decision of 11-1 and then lost on another short decision of 1-0.
The upper weights continued to stack up with athletes for the Toppers as Donovan Fornal also wrestled two weight classes; 195 and 220.
He finished 3-2 on the day with one win by fall at 195 pounds, one win by fall at 220 pounds and a forfeit at 220 as well.
Finishing out the roster was Brennan Kessler who also had a winning record on the day of 3-2. He went 0-2 while competing at 220 pounds, but was successful as heavy weight at 285. He received one forfeit, had a pin against Somerset and then won by a major decision of 12-4 against Triton.
With the first matches of the season now under their belts, the Toppers moved on to compete against Luck on Tuesday night (Dec 10). Next on the schedule is the Quad Invitational at home on Tuesday, December 17 starting at 5:00 p.m.