By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY – The Hilltopper wrestling team represented themselves very well at their home tournament last Tuesday night after they finished 3-0 by defeating Baldwin-Woodville, Turtle Lake/Clayton and Unity.
Their first dual was against TL/C, which ended in a blow out with the Toppers winning 60-9 against the Lakers after earning seven pins and three forfeits. There were also two, double forfeits between the two teams.
The dual started at 132 pounds with Austin Wannemacher receiving a forfeit. Next for the team was a streak of pins with Marcus Ullom pinning Jared Leisz, Jake Carlson winning by fall over Josh Campbell, Hunter Chouinard with a fall over Austin Wallberg and Isaac Tuttle over Jacob Koehler.
There was also a forfeit after Ullom’s match at 145 pounds, which further pushed the Hilltoppers’ lead.
At 182 pounds was Jeff Kopacz who lost on a decision of 4-11 to fellow senior, Damion Blechinger. Next at 195 was Blayze Wood who won by fall against Nick Stesniak.
Also winning by a pin was Donovan Fornal at 220 pounds. He was down 0-6 to Eric Swenson, but a quick reversal changed the outcome.
Brennan Kessler stepped up to heavyweight and received a forfeit for the team and then a double forfeit was given at 106.
Next up was Joe Obermueller and he muscled his way through the match at 113 pounds for a pin. Then it was a double forfeit at 120 pounds and lastly was freshman grappler, Spencer Peterson at 126 who was pinned.
Next up for the Hilltoppers was the Unity Eagles, who lost 54-27.
From the top of the roster it was a back and forth as the Toppers forfeited at 106 and then received a forfeit at 113, but again forfeited at 120, which put the Eagles ahead.
Their lead further increased after Jarrett Davison pinned Peterson and then senior Tucker Olson pinned Ullom.
The Toppers caught back up when Hoitomt won his match after he pinned Damon Bearhart. Then Carlson earned his second pin of the night over Jett Kobs.
Taking a turn at 152 pounds was freshman Jake Logghe and he won his first varsity match of the night after pinning junior Ty Hoffbeck.
The Eagles earned their final points of the dual after Trevin Anderson won by a decision of 0-6 over Chouinard.
The Toppers finished with Tuttle getting a pin over Patric Tillery, Kopacz pinned Erion Priebe, Wood received a forfeit, Fornal pinned Colin Loehr and Kessler had a quick pin in the first period over Josh Dahlberg at 285 pounds.
Lastly was the Hilltoppers victory over the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks with a final score 46-27. The Blackhawks took an early lead, but fell behind in the upper weights just like Unity did.
The dual started at 132 pounds with Ullom losing to senior Blackhawk, Brandon Braun on a 4-11 decision. Hoitomt lost in the following match after getting pinned by Michigan Trunkel with three seconds left in the period.
The Toppers then got their first points after Carlson received a forfeit at 145, but were pushed further down after Logghe faced off against another upperclassman, Bo Orton, and was pinned.
The boys in blue rallied back for the lead after Chouinard put Devon Sundstroms shoulders to the mat for a pin.
Tuttle followed with a pin in the second period over fellow senior, Joe Nawrocki. Wood was next at 182 pounds and he pinned Joe Jorgenson, which gave the Toppers 18 straight points.
The Toppers continued to tack points onto their score after Kopacz went three periods against Alex Sorenson and won on a major decision of 10-0.
The end of the roster finished out with Fornal pinning James Kirschbaum and Kessler getting another quick pin over Muatxju Lee.
The Toppers forfeited a final time at 106 and then Obermueller was pinned by Cole Skelton before the dual ended with Peterson receiving a forfeit.
“I was pleased with how our kids wrestled,” said coach Shane Strong. “I felt our conditioning looked much better and we also looked more aggressive in our scoring attacks. I felt our upperclassman showed good leadership to our younger kids and they set a good example by wrestling hard for the entire match, while staying in good position.”