By Kelsie Hoitomt
MADISON – On the weekend of March 28-30, the Glenwood City and Boyceville youth wrestling programs brought athletes down to Madison for the WWF Kids Folkstyle State Championships that were held at the Alliant Energy Center.
Wrestling on behalf of the Hilltopper program were middle school students Collin Schone, Austin Curvello and Carson Strong as well as elementary student Ian Radintz.
Wrestling first at the lightest weight (57 lbs) on the team was supposed to be Radintz, but he had to sit out of the event after coming down with an illness the night before competition.
Curvello followed at 85 pounds. There were 16 kids in the bracket and he was positioned at the top with his first match against the number one seed, Tyler Huckstorf of Muskego/Higher Level.
It was a close fought battle, but Huckstorf held the upper hand and won by a decision of 2-1. That loss put Austin up against Easton Delong of X-Factor Elite. That match was a win for Austin in sudden victory by a decision of 4-2.
With four matches ahead of him in order to place third, Curvello fell short of the mark in his third match after Dante Steinmetz of the Rhinelander Wrestling Club beat him by a 7-0 decision.
The story went the same for Strong who wrestled at 115 pounds and started at the top of the bracket against the number one seed, Mason McMillen of Reedsburg. That match ended with Strong losing by a decision of 5-1.
Strong’s second match of the tournament was against Mike Baumann of West Allis, which ended with his first win after finishing by a decision of 3-0.
That win pushed him further into the consolation bracket with his third and final match against Jake Deates of Kenosha. Deates beat Strong by four points in the 6-2 decision.
The final wrestler for the Toppers was Schone in the 210 pound bracket. His first match was against Valentino Munoz of Racine. Munoz won by a fall in 2:04.
Schone’s run in the tournament ended after he lost his second match to Erik Friemoth of Neillsville/Greenwood by a fall in 2:53.
There were three athletes that donned the purple for the Boyceville Bulldogs: Emma Gruenhagen, Brock Schlough and Garrett Joles.
Starting at the top of the roster for the Bulldogs was Emma Gruenhagen in the 65 pound bracket, which had a total of four girl participants. Emma wrestled Audrey Watson of Prairie Du Chen first and lost by a fall in 2:41.
She was then pinned in the first period by Calli Storms of Riverdale and her final match ended in a first period fall as well to Rachel Brewster of Edgar. Her 0-3 record on the weekend put her in fourth place.
Schlough was next at 125 pounds with 16 other kids in his brackets. He faced off against Nolan Lange of Evansville first and won by a crushing decision of 10-3.
His second match resulted in a disappointing loss to Sam Van Straten of Shiocton as the decision was a one point difference of 9-8.
Schlough fought hard in the consolation bracket with his first wrestle-back ending in a win by a pin in 2:51 over Clayton Kite of Iowa-Grant. He then bulldozed Alex Guandiola of Higher Level with a win by a major decision of 12-0.
Brock’s fifth match was against Timonthy Coyne of the Badger Youth Club, which was a quick bout as it was won by a forfeit.
That win put Schlough into the third place final match of the tournament, which was slated to be against Tanner Deist of Wild Rose/Wautoma.
Deist was victorious but Schlough put up a good fight as he lost by just three points in the 6-3 decision, which put him in fourth place.
The final wrestler and most successful for the Bulldogs was Joles, who finished his middle school career as a champion at 160 pounds.
His first match was against Henry Milz of Oregon, which ended with a fall in 1:03. His second match also finished by fall as he pinned Austin Farr of Waupun in 4:04.
In the semi-finals, Joles went head to head with Marshall Westfall of Athens, which ended in Garrett’s third pin of the tournament.
Four straight wins put Garrett into the championship match against the fifth seed, Travis Hudack of Wisconsin Dells. Joles went out with a bang as he defeated Hudack by a major decision of 11-0.