Ian Radintz wins WWF kids state folkstyle title; GC sends seven to compete in state wrestling tourney

MADISON  —  Glenwood City elementary student and youth wrestler, Ian Radintz claimed a state title this past weekend in Madison.

Radintz was one of seven Glenwood City youth wrestlers to qualify and competed in the 2017 Wisconsin Wrestling Federation (WWF) Kids Folkstyle State Championships held this past Friday and Saturday, March 24-25 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Alliant Energy Center) in Madison.

Ian, the son of Matt and Angie Radintz, went a perfect 4-0 in his 16-boy bracket to claim the state title at 70 pounds for boys born in 2004-2005.

Radintz opened the 2017 tournament with a 2-0 victory over Grant Bouche of Oconto Falls. He then beat Parker Heintz of the Lodi Advance 5-1 in the quarterfinals and scored a 6-22 decision against Keaden Niemojuski of the X-Factor Elite from Manitowoc to gain the championship match. In the finals, Radintz blanked Reid Spurley of Sebolt Wrestling Academy, 2-0, to win the state title.

Radintz was joined by six other Hilltopper wrestlers at the state meet including Gabe Knops  (boys’ born 2005-05, 91 lbs.), Trenton McNamara (boys’ born 2004-05, 185 lbs.), Savanna Millermon (girls’ born 2005-07, 70 lbs.), Landon Obermueller (boys’ born 29008-09, 63 lbs.), William Obermueller (boys’ born 2008-09, 57 lbs.), and Landon Standaert (boys’ born 2008-09, 45 lbs.).

SAVANNA MILLERMON was Glenwood City’s lone girl wrestler to qualify for the WWF Kids Folkstyle State Championship. Above, Savanna hold a certificate and wears the gold medal after winning her weight class at the regional tournament in River Falls on March 18. —photo submitted

While Radintz returned home with the gold medal and trophy, no other Topper wrestlers placed. Landon Standaert, William Obermueller and Landon Obermueller each finished the double-elimination tournament 1-2 while Gabe Knops, Trenton McNamara and Savanna Millermon each went 0-2.

Glenwood City’s state wrestling contingent qualified for WWF Kids folkstyle state by finishing first or second at the regional competition held the previous Saturday, March 18 in River Falls. Radintz, McNamara, Landon Obermueller and Millermon all placed first in the regional meet with Knops, Landon Standaert and William Obermueller each taking second.