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GC grapplers take first at Robert Mackey Invite

By Kelsie Hoitomt

MAPLE, WI — The Glenwood City wrestling team took first place at the Robert Mackey Invitational in the Northwestern High School last Saturday, December 21.

 The Hilltoppers were victorious after they defeated Shell Lake 57-15 in the first round, then Northwestern 46-28, next was Proctor 72-0, the fourth round was over Ashland 54-22 and lastly they beat Superior 57-18.

The dual against Shell Lake had nine forfeits including seven that went against Shell Lake and gave the Toppers 42 points.

Winning otherwise, was Isaac Tuttle at 170 pounds with a fall in 1:07 over Ben Frey. Donovan Fornal also won by fall in just over a minute against Leo Carrillo.

The Lakers gained their points on a forfeit at 106 pounds. Then on a 6-3 decision with Dominic Hopke beating Jake Carlson. Next was at 152 pounds with a decision in Noah Skluzacek’s favor over Jake Logghe. And lastly, Beau Skluzacek pinned Hunter Chouinard at 160.

Against Northwestern, the dual started at the top of the roster with three forfeits at 106, 113 and 120 to put the Tigers ahead 12-6.

The Toppers took a one point lead after Spencer Peterson won by a major decision of 14-5 over Jon Morley. Then Marcus Ullom followed at 132 pounds with a win by a decision of 5-1 over Jonathan Nelson.

It was a toss-up after that with Damian Hoitomt losing to Josiah Vik at 138 pounds on a decision of 13-1. Then Carlson pinned Chance Brochu in 55 seconds. The Tiger’s Dylan Tribbey then won by a pin over Logghe and their own Jake Carlson pinned Chouinard.

The Toppers finished strong in their upper weights for the win with Tuttle pinning Jackson Doller late in the match. Then Blayze Wood beat Jay Karich on a 10-4 decision.

Jeff Kopacz followed at 195 and he received a forfeit. Then at 220 was Fornal with a pin over Justin Little and Brennan Kessler did the same with a fall in 50 seconds over Brandon Erickson.

The blow out against the Proctor Rails began at 152 pounds with Carlson pinning Richard Fechner in a quick ten seconds.

Next, the Toppers received five straight forfeits from 160 pounds through 220 for 30 team points. Then it was Kessler with a pin over Tyler Stoneburner in 44 seconds to finish out the upper weights.

There was a double forfeit at 106, then Joe Obermueller received a forfeit at 113 and then it was a double forfeit at 120 and lastly Peterson received a forfeit at 126.

There was action on the mat at 132 pounds with Ullom putting Cassie Moran’s shoulders to the mat in just eight seconds. Hoitomt followed with a pin in 1:33 over Luke Irons.

The dual ended with Tanner Lanning receiving a forfeit at 145 pounds.

In the fourth round against the Ashland Grizzly Bears, the dual started off with the Toppers ahead after Chouinard pinned Ben Cashman in 1:32.

The Bears rallied back on a tough match that ended in Tuttle getting pinned after nearly five minutes of wrestling against Jon Litersky.

That rally ended quickly though after Wood pinned Caleb Maynes in 56 seconds, Kopacz pinned Willy Richeson in 1:50, Fornal received a forfeit and Kessler pinned Ben Gierczic in 1:39, which accounted for 24 points to the Toppers.

There was a double forfeit at 106 and then Dante Thompson beat Obermueller on a 9-1 decision. The Bears received a forfeit at 120 pounds and then their last win came when Jorge Rounwin pinned Peterson in 1:42.

The Toppers finished the dual with Ullom pinning Devin Dimich in 1:59, Hoitomt won by a fall in 1:26 over Joe Boyle and then there were two forfeits at 145 and 152.

The final dual of the day was against the Superior Spartans. The Toppers started with five unanswered wins for 30 points.

The contest started with Tuttle at 170 pounds and he won by a fall over Billy Regner in 1:25. Then it was Wood with a fall in 1:34 over Anthony Ells. Next was Kopacz with a fall in 3:09 over Joey McDonald. Lastly, Fornal finished the day with a pin in 1:17 over Joseph Miller and Kessler won by a pin over Keegan Stanley in 1:25.

At the top of the roster, there was a double forfeit at 106 pounds. Then Obermueller received a forfeit at 113 and the Spartans received one as well at 120.

At 126, Peterson won by a fall in 1:45 against Mike Berka. Ullom received a forfeit at 132. Hoitomt lost to Emanual Carson by a pin in 1:15. Carlson pinned Jake Jaques in 3:38.

Lastly, Logghe lost by a decision at 152 pounds and then Chouinard was pinned in 23 seconds to end the dual.

After those five rounds of wrestling, there were five individuals that finished the long day with a perfect 5-0 record; Kessler, Fornal, Kopacz, Wood and Ullom

“The kids showed great improvement as a team. I was happy with the aggressive wrestling by our kids,” said coach Shane Strong. “This was good for our younger, inexperienced kids to get some competition to help their development.”

Next on the schedule for the Hilltoppers is the always competitive Northern Badger Wrestling Classic at the River Falls High School this Friday and Saturday (Dec 27/28) with duals starting at 8:00 a.m.