By Kelsie Hoitomt
MAPLE — The Glenwood City grapplers traveled to Maple Northwestern for the annual Mackey Dual Invitational this past Saturday, December 20.
The Hilltoppers finished the day fourth out of six schools as Superior took top place honors with a perfect 5-0 mark, Northwestern (4-1) was second, Ashland (3-2) was third, Bayfield (1-4) was fifth and Shell Lake (0-6) was sixth.
The Toppers won their first dual of the day against Bayfield with a 45-25 finish. Then faced off against Northwestern in round two and lost 42-22.
Glenwood City redeemed itself with a win against Shell Lake in round three with a final score at 42-30.
The Toppers record on the day was 2-3 as they lost the final two duals of the tournament to Ashland (42-38) and Superior (42-30).
In the opening dual and first match of the day was at 113 pounds with Jake Nadeau facing off with Zack Anglin. Anglin managed to get two points on Nadeau, which was the difference in the 7-5 decision win.
The Toppers bounced back and took the lead with two forfeits at 120 and 126. Then there was a double forfeit at 132.
Marcus Ullom wrestled at 138 and earned the first head to head win on the mat for the Toppers after he beat Bayfield’s James LaPointe by a 9-7 decision.
Cody Bonte fell short at the 145 match with Josiah Cook winning by a decision of 9-1.
Bayfield then forfeited their 152, 160 and 170 weight classes for 18 team points.
The first pin of the day came at 182 when Jeffery Krisik won by fall over Logan Smith in the first period.
Hogan Chouinard answered back for the Toppers as he took down and pinned Mason Schelvan in 27 seconds.
The dual ended with Quinton Rogers getting pinned at heavyweight and then Austin Curvello wrestled Bazile Panek and pinned him three minutes in.
Nadeau redeemed himself in the dual against Northwestern. He won by a major decision of 13-4.
That started the Toppers out front, but they quickly fell behind after Brad Kessler and Trevor Larson were pinned and then they forfeited 132 and had a double forfeit at 138.
That bumped Ullom up to 145, which was a tight match against Donald Pooler. They went into sudden victory with the score going in Ullom’s favor of 8-6.
Jake O’Meara followed at 152 pounds with his match ending in a decision as well of 7-1 over Andrew Hanson.
Spencer Peterson wrestled at 160 and he held on the best he could until the third period when Dyllan Tribbey pinned him just over five minutes in.
Jake Logghe followed at 170 and went head to head with Cordell Broody for a period and a half before he put himself in position for the pin in 3:47.
Smith fell victim to a pin again at this 182 match with the W going to Jacob Carlson.
There was a double forfeit at 195 and then Chouinard got the Toppers last win, which was his second pin of the day that came at 3:04 over Justin Little.
Rogers ended up pinned at the 285 match and then Curvello was pinned at 106.
Kessler was first at 120 for their dual against Shell Lake. He was pinned nearly five minutes in by Jack Skluzacek.
The Toppers lost the first three matches after Larson followed with a loss to Bob Bontekoe by a decision of 6-0. Then there was a forfeit at 132.
Ullom got the Toppers first win at 138 after he succeed in earning his first fall of the day, which was against Monson Christian.
Bonte followed at 145 and lost to Dominic Hopke by a fall. O’Meara wrestled next at 152 and pinned Brandon Hovel in 31 seconds.
The score jogged back and forth then with Peterson getting pinned by Noah Skluzacek.
The Toppers put points back on the board when Logghe and Smith each received forfeits and then there was a double forfeit at 195.
Chouinard wrestled at 220 and lost his first match of the day to Carrillo Leo by a decision of 6-2.
The Toppers sealed the win with forfeits received at 285, 106 and 113.
The next round was against Ashland and that dual started with the Toppers down by 12 points after Larson was pinned and then they forfeited 132.
Ullom put the Toppers on the board first with a major decision victory over Jorge Rounwind of 10-2. O’Meara followed at 145 with a win over Joe Boyle that came by a pin at 1:03.
Ashland got six points when Bonte was pinned at 152, but the Toppers took 12 points back themselves when Peterson and Logghe both got forfeits.
Smith lost at 182 to Jon Litersky and then the Toppers forfeited 195. They pulled ahead in points for a bit when Chouinard won by fall over Nathan Tutor and then Rogers earned a forfeit at heavyweight.
The light weight match at 106 saw Curvello get pinned by Eric Gerovac. The Toppers earned their last points at 113 when Nadeau won by a major decision of 11-2 over Mack George.
Kessler had the last match of the night at 120, which ended in a loss for the Toppers by a fall in 1:21.
The final dual was against Superior which ended in a 12 point loss. The Toppers forfeited at 132 again so Ullom started things off at 138. He wrestled against Branden McClue and won by a fall in 1:32.
O’Meara won his fifth match of the day with a 5-1 decision over Tyler Lehikoinen. Cody Bonte followed at 152 and was victorious with a blow out against Austin Smith of 14-7.
Peterson then lost his final match to Anthony Mohr by a 7-5 decision, which sent Superior on a scoring tear.
The Toppers lost by fall at 170 and 182 with Logghe and Smith both getting put on their backs. Then there was another forfeit at 195, which gave Superior 18 points.
Chouinard finally put the Toppers back on the board when he pinned Oscar Flaherty in 1:15.
The team fell behind again at 285 and 106 after Rogers was pinned and then Curvello lost by a 6-0 decision.
The Toppers scored 12 final points at 113 and 120 when Nadeau pinned Logan Stone and then Kessler got his first pin of the day over James Kirchoff.
The day ended with the Topper forfeiting at 126.
The Toppers will be back on the mat for the annual Northern Badger Classic at the River Falls High School on Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30.
After that there is an invitational at the Hopkins Lindbergh Center on Saturday, January 3.