Glenwood City capped its final home wrestling dual of the season in high style as it manhandled Mondovi January 26.
The Hilltoppers registered five pins and received four forfeits as they won the first six matches of last Thursday’s Dunn-St. Croix home dual and went on to claim ten matches in all during a 58-8 rout of the Buffaloes.
The lopsided victory was the Toppers’ first in conference matches and up its season mark to 1-2 in the D-SC and 5-8 overall.
Glenwood City looked to keep that momentum going the following evening when they traveled to Osceola for a quadrangular meet.
Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers finished 1-2 in the January 27 quad after opening with a 51-28 loss to Division 1 River Falls and then splitting their next two matches – a hefty 51-21 victory over Unity and a close 29-27 loss to host Osceola to cap the meet.
The Toppers were slated to wrap up their conference and regular-season schedule last evening (Tuesday, January 31) in Durand against the Panthers, who are also 1-2 in conference duals. The squad will then participate in the annual Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Challenge at River Falls High School this Saturday, February 4.
Glenwood City gave its seniors a fine send off in their final home matches as they dominated Mondovi in last Thursday’s conference dual.
The Toppers’ four seniors all contributed as Marcus Ullom and Spencer Peterson scored falls while John Pagnotta and Dan Taylor were awarded forfeits.
“I was happy with how we came out to wrestle in our final home dual against Mondovi,” said GC head coach Shane Strong. “We were confident we would win the dual, so we moved Carson and Marcus up a weight to wrestle their top two guys.”
“They (Mondovi) decided to move their state ranked 138 away so we were unable to get that match up for Carson, but he picked up a pin against another opponent,” added Coach Strong.
Glenwood City opened the dual with six consecutive victories including pin falls by Austin Curvello (113), Jacob Nadeau (126) and Carson Strong (138), all three of whom are ranked in the state polls. Aaron Holmquist opened the dual with a 9-0 major decision at 106 pounds and Taylor (120) and Brad Kessler (132) received forfeits to push the Toppers to a 34-0 advantage.
Mondovi picked up the first of its two victories at 145 pounds where the Buffs’ Nick Pelke scored a 16-4 major decision against Toppers’ freshman Tucker Lagerstrom.
The Toppers then took back-to-back six-point matches as Marcus Ullom pinned Mondovi’s Dillon Larson at 152 pounds and Pagnotta followed with a forfeit at 160.
Mondovi’s other win came at 170 pounds when Bryce Johnson won a 12-2 major decision over GC’s Carlos Perez.
Spencer Peterson added his fall at 195 and Toppers’ heavyweight Bryce Fayerweather took a forfeit to account for the local final team points in the 58-8 win.
“It was nice to see Spencer Peterson earn a pin in his final home dual. He has been improving the past few weeks and I really like his attitude,” stated Strong.
There were double forfeits at 182 and 220 pounds.
Glenwood City 58, Mondovi 8
106-Aaron Holmquist (GC) majored Lance Crawford (M), 9-0; 113:-Austin Curvello (GC) pinned Derek DeWitt (M), 3:18; 120-Daniel Taylor (GC) received forfeit; 126-Jacob Nadeau (GC) pinned Cody West (M), 2:56; 132-Bradley Kessler (GC) received forfeit; 138-Carson Strong (GC) pinned Nolan Seiple (M), 1:40; 145-Nick Pelke (M) majored Tucker Lagerstrom (GC), 16-4; 152-Marcus Ullom (GC) pinned Dillon Larson (M), 3:57; 160-John Pagnotta (GC) received forfeit; 170-Bryce Johnson (M) majored Carlos Perez (GC), 12-2; 182-Double Forfeit; 195-Spencer Peterson (GC) pinned Nathan Pelke (M), 3:00; 220-Double Forfeit; 285-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit.
Glenwood City was unable to parlay the excitement and success of the previous evening when it went to Osceola for a quadrangular meet Friday, January 27.
“The Osceola quad had some mixed results (for us),” stated head Coach Strong. “I thought our kids started off slow on the night, maybe due to making weight on back-to-back days.”
It didn’t help matters that the GC grapplers had to open the meet against River Falls.
The Toppers actually held their own through the first seven matches. Brad Kessler (126), Carson Strong (132) and Marcus Ullom (145) all had pins and Austin Curvello won a 13-0 major decision to give the locals a 22-15 lead.
But it was short-lived as the Wildcats took six of the final seven bouts and the match 51-28. Glenwood City’s lone win during that span came at 182 pounds where Spencer Peterson scored a second-period pin.
The Hilltoppers rebounded nicely in their second-round draw against Unity.
Like the previous night’s dual with Mondovi, Glenwood City opened with six straight wins against the Eagles for a quick 33-0 lead
In all, the Toppers garnered five falls – Brad Kessler (132), Carson Strong (138), Marcus Ullom (145), Spencer Peterson (195) and Bruce Fayerweather (285) – and three forfeits in a 51-21 victory. Glenwood City also gave three forfeits to Unity.
Another highlight in the Unity dual came at 126 pounds where, in a battle of state-ranked wrestlers, GC’s Jacob Nadeau beat the Eagles’ Adrian Bearhart, 7-4.
In its final match of the meet, Glenwood City squared off against host Osceola in what turned out to be a “Barn Burner”.
The Toppers took a 12-0 with a Nadeau pin and decisions by Brad Kessler and Carson Strong at 132 and 138 pounds respectively.
But the host Chieftains rallied to win the next four matches – two by major decisions, a pin and a forfeit – to take a 20-12 advantage.
Glenwood City split the next four matches with Unity as Spencer Peterson and Bryce Fayerweather each received a forfeit but still trailed 29-24 going into the final match at 113.
Austin Curvello would need a pin to give the Toppers a win. While he scored a victory for the team, he won on a 6-2 decision and Glenwood City came up short in a 29-27 final.
River Falls 51, Glenwood City 28
106-Bennet Cernohous (RF) dec. Aaron Holmquist (GC), 6-4; 113-Austin Curvello (GC) majored Spencer Cernohous (RF), 13-0; 120-Michael Rebozo (RF) pinned Jacob Nadeau (GC), 3:02; 126-Bradley Kessler (GC) pinned Logan Schretenthaler (RF), 2:19; 132-Carson Strong (GC) pinned Nathan Lawrence (RF), 1:10; 138-Nathan Fuller (RF) pinned Tucker Lagerstrom (GC), 1:32; 145-Marcus Ullom (GC) pinned Joshua Kinneman (RF), 1:24; 152-Luke Killian (RF) pinned John Pagnotta (GC), 2:43; 160-Niklaus Blaubach (RF) received forfeit; 170-Glen Pendleton (RF) received forfeit; 182-Spencer Peterson (GC) pinned Austin Mueller (RF), 2:50; 195-Chance Kamrowski (RF) received forfeit; 220-Joshua Langlois (RF) received forfeit; 285-Garnett Ripley (RF) dec. Bryce Fayerweather (GC), 6-2.
Glenwood City 51, Unity 21
113-Austin Curvello (GC) received forfeit; 120-Daniel Taylor (GC) received forfeit; 126-Jacob Nadeau (GC) dec. Adrian Bearhart (U), 7-4; 132-Bradley Kessler (GC) pinned Dilon Wakefield (U), 1:03; 138-Carson Strong (GC) pinned Julien Tillery (U), 0:38; 145-Marcus Ullom (GC) pinned Dakota Baxter (U), 1:50; 152-Double Forfeit; 160-Vinnie Carlson (U) dec. John Pagnotta (GC), 9-7; 170-Tony Carlson (U) received forfeit; 182-Patric Tillery (U) received forfeit; 195-Spencer Peterson (GC) pinned Jon Lamachia (U), 0:38; 220-Carson Johnson (U) received forfeit; 285-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) pinned Max Holden (U), 0:41; 106: Aaron Holmquist (GC) received forfeit.
Osceola 29, Glenwood City 27
120-Jacob Nadeau (GC) pinned Aaron Schmidt (O), 3:39; 126-Double Forfeit; 132-Bradley Kessler (GC) dec. John Hove (O), 10-5; 138-Carson Strong (GC) dec. Nick Abernathy (O), 3-1; 145-Matthew Germain (O) majored Tucker Lagerstrom (GC), 13-3; 152-Diego Lowney (O) majored Marcus Ullom (GC), 10-0; 160-Logan Johnson (O) pinned John Pagnotta (GC), 1:25; 170-Double Forfeit; 182: Jack Feldt (O) received forfeit; 195-Spencer Peterson (GC) received forfeit; 220-Gabe Lowney (O) received forfeit; 285-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit; 106-Andrew Olson (O) dec. Aaron Holmquist (GC), 7-1; 113-Austin Curvello (GC) dec. Andrew Montpetit (O), 6-2.