By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — The Hilltopper wrestling team improved their record to 4-5 after their quad at home last Tuesday night that included Unity, Turtle Lake/Clayton and Baldwin-Woodville.
The Toppers started the night with a loss to Unity of 42-30, but they bounced back with a dominating win over TL/C of 60-18 before taking another at the hand of B-W 41-24.
Two forfeits started off the match against Unity with Trevor Larson getting six points for the Topper team at 126 pounds and then they forfeited themselves at 132 for a tie score.
Marcus Ullom wrestled next at 138 pounds against Jarett Davison. Davison won by a 10-6 decision after sealing two take downs in the first period, one in the second and one in the third along with two escapes.
Jake O’Meara put the team back in the lead after he pinned junior Matt Peterson quickly in the first period.
Spencer Peterson then went head to head with junior, Matt Volgren at 152 pounds. Peterson had a take down in the first period and then started down in the second.
He scored two escape points from that and then had another take down before the third. He finished with a final take down for an 8-2 decision win.
The Toppers led 15-9 going into the 160 pound match which featured Cody Bonte against Tony Carlson.
Carlson landed a take down in the first period and then finished with a pin in the second, which tied the match at 15-15.
Tevin Anderson ended his match with a pin as well over Austin Wannemacher to give the Eagles a 21-15 lead.
The Toppers earned three points back when Jake Logghe won by a 4-0 decision over Ben Trayner.
Logan Smith followed at 195 pounds and was pinned late in the first period. The Toppers then brought the score back to within three points when Hogan Chouinard earned a forfeit at 220.
Quinton Rogers wrestled at heavyweight and was pinned, but Dan Taylor took a forfeit at 106, which put them down by three still, 30-33.
They needed to win the final two matches, but they went the other way after Derek Johnson got a reversal for two and a take down on Jake Nadeau for a 4-1 final decision.
The 120 pound match was the last with Brad Kessler getting pinned in the third period by AJ Bearhart.
The Toppers won four straight matches against TL/C for a 24-0 lead after Ullom started things off at 138 pounds against Kort Lien.
Ullom had a take down in the first and then an escape and another take down in the second before finally finishing Lien with a pin.
O’Meara followed at 145 with his second fall of the night, this time in 26 short seconds over Kyler Flettre.
Peterson and Bonte each received a forfeit to give the Toppers their first 24 points.
The Lakers earned their first points at the 170 pound weight when senior Nick Stesniak pinned Wannemacher in 2:21.
GC answered back with a Logghe pin that came in the first period over Kevin Prinsen.
Then Smith pinned Josh Campbell in the third period after a long drawn out bout that had Campbell actually winning points wise up until the pin. Smith finished the match with a big smile on his face.
Chouinard wrestled Jordan Rauzer at 220 and earned his pin of the night that came in the second period after being up eight points.
Rogers received a forfeit at 285 and then Nadeau quickly put Chandler Galatowitsch’s shoulders to the mat, which put the Toppers ahead 54-6.
Taylor took a forfeit at 113 and then Kessler and Larson were pinned, which ended the dual against the Lakers 60-18.
The final dual was against the Blackhawks and Ullom was first up against freshman Nick Brock. He got an early take down and then a near fall before pinning Brock a minute and a half in.
O’Meara won his third straight match of the night after beating Eric Bergquist by an 8-2 decision.
Bergquist had a take down in the first period, but fell behind when O’Meara nearly pinning him in the second for a take down and near fall. O’Meara finished with an escape in the third and then a final take down.
Bonte was the first pinned Topper against the Hawks with a fall right before the end of the first period against Michigan Trunkel.
Peterson put the Toppers ahead by six points after he beat Bryce Almquist by a 6-1 decision at the 160 pound class.
The first period was wash with no points scored, but then Peterson kicked it into gear with an escape to start the second followed by a take down and a three point near fall.
Logghe followed at 170 and finished his match against senior Bram Henke with a pin in the second period.
The Hawks trailed by six points after Triston Thompson pinned Smith a minute into the first period.
The Toppers’ 18-12 lead turned into a tie after they forfeited 195 pounds. The Toppers jumped ahead by six again when Chouinard stuck it out for the long haul and pinned James Kirschbaum late in the third period.
The Toppers’ 24-18 lead over the Hawks changed after that victory however due their next four matches ending in losses.
Rogers was pinned at 285 by Muatxju Lee. Then Taylor lost by a major decision of 14-0 to Alex McCray and Nadeau followed with a decision loss as well of 7-2 to Tanner Booth.
Kessler went head to head against Carter Newton at 120 and lost by an 8-0 decision and then the final match at 126 was a forfeit by GC.