By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY— The Glenwood City wrestling team had a rough start to their conference dual at home as they lost to Mondovi last Tuesday and then to Spring Valley on Thursday.
Mondovi’s match was a 16 point difference with the Toppers losing 46-30. On Thursday, however, they faced a state tournament quality team in the Cardinals and they were demolished, 63-9.
[emember_proteted] The night started with the 145 pound match first. Spencer Peterson faced off against Dillon Larson and was defeated 7-0 after Larson got a take down and near fall in the first period and then another take down in the second.
The Toppers forfeited 152 and bumped Jake O’Meara up to 160 where he went head to head with Garrett Kees.
Jake quickly secured five points with a take down and near fall in the first period before he got the pin 3:04 into the match.
Austin Wannemacher followed with his match against Ben Andress. Andress had a take down and then a two point near fall in the first.
He got a three point near fall in the second as well as a take down and a point penalty, which put him ahead 10-0.
The match ended shortly after the third period began when Andress got another take down and three point near fall for a tech fall.
Jake Logghe put the Toppers back on the board after he wrestled Jake West and won by a pin in the third period.
He started with four points in the first period and then three in the second after starting down, getting the escape and then adding a take down. He finished with the pin at 4:09.
Logan Smith’s match against Bryce Johnson was as close as it could get. Smith had a take down in the first period and two in the second for a lead of 6-4 going into the final period.
Johnson however managed to get Smith in a hold for a three point near fall that gave him the decision win of 7-6.
The Toppers trailed 17-12 going into the 220 pound match, but that changed after Hogan Chouinard put Devon Yarrington on his back in the second period. That win gave the Toppers a one point lead of 18-17.
The score continued to yo-yo after Anthony Melstrom lost to Tristen Lobe by a fall, but Austin Curvello won his match over Autumn Washok by a fall, which put the Toppers back ahead 24-23.
Jake Nadeau followed at 113 and lost to Nick Pelke in the third period by a fall. Nadeau lost consciousness due to a pin hold that cut off his air-flow.
Mondovi received six more points at the 120 match as well as their Austin Fedie pinned Brad Kessler in the first period. That put the score at 35-24.
Their lead jumped even further when the Trevors faced off against each other. Mondovi’s Trevor Hurt was up 8-0 before he held onto Trevor Larson for the pin in the second period.
The Toppers final points of the night came at 132 after Marcus Ullom put Jake Peterson on his back just four seconds shy of the first period buzzer.
The night ended with Bryan Larson defeating Cody Bonte by a tech fall.
The Toppers won five matches that night, which was an impressive feat compared their Thursday night dual against the Cardinals.
The Toppers had just one winning match, which was O’Meara over Ryan Berg that ended with a decision of 4-3.
That gave the team three points and then Curvello received a forfeit at 106, which was six points that added to a total of nine.
Ullom started the night at 132 with a match against Isaiah Eitrem. The match was pretty uneventful as it ended on a 5-3 decision with all the points scored in the first period. The final decision was not in Ullom’s favor.
Bonte followed and lost by a fall to Cruze Hurlbuet in the first period. Then it was O’Meara’s match which put the Toppers on the board 3-9.
That was their only points on the board for seven straight matches.
Peterson was pinned by Devon Johnson. Carlos Perez was pinned by Jed Schlegel. Logghe lost by a 3-0 decision to Quinton Elliott. Smith was pinned by Ryan Asher.
The Toppers forfeited 195 and then Chouinard lost to Ethan Hofacker by a pin. Melstrom was pinned in the first period as well by Jake Howe.
That brought up the 106 pound match which was Curvello’s win by forfeit.
It was lights out after that with Nadeau losing to Andrew Webb by a decision of 8-1. Then the Toppers forfeited 120 and 126 to end the night.
After going hard for a few weeks now, the Toppers had a break from the mat as there are no matches on their schedule until this Thursday, January 22, which is in Hammond.
They will then be at home Tuesday, January 27 to host Cameron.