GLENWOOD CITY — Once again Glenwood City found individual success at its annual, season-opening home tournament.
Three Hilltoppers finished with winning records at the 21st Annual John Timm Duals held at the high school last Saturday, December 2.
Senior Carson Strong and freshman Andrew Grant completed the six-team, dual style tournament with perfect 5-0 records while Brad senior Brad Kessler finished 4-1 in the tournament for a second consecutive year.
[emember_protected] Unfortunately, those performances did not translate into team success as the Hilltoppers had forfeits in six weight classes after senior and state place winner Jake Nadeau suffered a frightening injury in the opening dual last Saturday in which Triton, MN edged the Toppers by the slightest of margins – a single point – 36-35.
Glenwood City was able to win its next dual versus Bloomer/Colfax, 36-30, sans Nadeau but fell in the final three matches – 51-17 to tournament champion Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal; 55-12 to Somerset and to Spooner by a final count of 51-18 to finish fifth for a second consecutive year.
“We will struggle as a dual team and we knew this coming in,” said Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong. “Our goal is to improve each day as individuals. Our new kids have worked hard and are learning the basics of the sport.”
Carson Strong capped his final John Timm Duals with his second straight 5-0 performance while Andrew Grant began his with a matching effort and outcome.
Strong posted three pins and a technical fall while going unbeaten at 138 pounds.
“Carson wrestled well and was offensive,” stated his coach and father. “He didn’t face a great deal of competition, but he was on the attack each match.”
Grant had a pair of pins and a tight 8-7 decision against Cody Rasmussen in his very first varsity match to compete his run to an undefeated day.
“Andy wrestled well for his first time as a varsity wrestler. I thought he embraced the opportunity to compete,” Strong said.
All four of Brad Kessler’s victories came via pins including a pair in under a minute. His only loss came on a 6-4 decisions to Somerset junior Jared Grahovac.
“Brad showed signs of more offense than he has in the past. I like his attitude right now, he just needs to gain confidence in his mat wrestling,” noted Strong.
That trio’s combined wins accounted for two-thirds or 14 of the Hilltoppers’ total wins at this year’s John Timm Duals.
Returning state place winner Jake Nadeau was injured during his opening matching against Triton’s Cole Rasmussen, who pinned the GC senior in the second period. Nadeau began to have trouble breathing and had to be taken by ambulance to an area hospital.
Fortunately, Nadeau may be returning to the line-up sometime this week according to Coach Strong.
Junior Bryce Fayerweather (285) and senior Jake Kopacz (195/220) capped the tournament with 2-3 marks while Tucker Lagerstrom (152), Nick Melendrez (160) and Dakota Dean-Immerman (182) each won a match.
Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal took the team title for a third straight year with a 5-0 finish. Spooner placed second at 4-1, Somerset went 3-2 for third place, Triton, MN finished 2-3 for fourth, the Toppers took fifth for a second consecutive year with a 1-4 mark and Bloomer/Colfax finished without a win to take sixth.
Glenwood City hosted Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg last evening.
Triton 36, Glenwood City 35
220-Jake Kopacz (GC) majored Max Lamoree (T), 13-5; 285-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit; 106-Liam Schlichting (T) received forfeit; 113-Andy Grant (GC) dec. Kody Rasmussen (T), 8-7; 120-Owen Garness (T) received forfeit; 126 – Cole Rasmussen (Triton) pinned Jake Nadeau (GC), 2:38; 132-Brad Kessler (GC) pinned Colby Dobbs (T), 2:12; 138-Carson Strong (GC) pinned Sean Strom (T), 0:37; 145-Kyle Mitchell (T) received forfeit; 152-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) majored Kaleb Strom (T), 10-0; 160-Dalton Otterbein (T) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC), 0:50; 170-Trey Theobald (T) pinned Harrison Chouinard (GC), 1:40; 182-Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC) pinned Lucas Bodenstab (T), 2:32; 195-Double Forfeit.
Glenwood City 36, Bloomer/Colfax 30
285-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit; 106 – Double Forfeit; 113-Andy Grant (GC) received forfeit; 120-Sawyer Best (B/C) received forfeit; 126-Trey Hovde (B/C) received forfeit; 132-Brad Kessler (GC) pinned Ike Kramschuster (B/C), 4:29; 138-Carson Strong (GC) pinned Cal Lueck (B/C), 2:20; 145-Kyle Schmidt (B/C) received forfeit; 152-Mitchel Harmon (B/C) pinned Tucker Lagerstrom (Glenwood City), 1:53; 160-Nick Melendrez (GC) received forfeit; 170-Josh Zettelmeier (B/C) dec. Harrison Chouinard (GC), 13-7; 182-Nathon Rosohowski (B/C) dec. Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC), 5-4; 195-Jake Kopacz (GC) received forfeit; 220-Double Forfeit.
Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 51, Glenwood City 17
106-Double Forfeit; 113-Andy Grant (GC) pinned Kaden Horn (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal), 1:24; 120-Morgan Bethea (N/G/L) received forfeit; 126-Double Forfeit; 132-Brad Kessler (GC) pinned Nathan Buchanan (N/G/L), 0:42; 138-Carson Strong (GC) tech falled Kyler Rakovec (N/G/L), 16-0; 145-Dylan Nielsen (N/G/L) received forfeit 152-Zach Smith N/G/L) dec. Tucker Lagerstrom (GC), 8-4; 160-Sayer Rachu (N/G/L) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC), 1:50; 170-Jesse Buchanan (N/G/L) pinned Harrison Chouinard (GC), 0:49; 182-Stephen Buchanan (N/G/L) pinned Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC), 1:31; 195-Lucas Ingold (N/G/L) pinned Jake Kopacz (GC), 2:28; 220-Tanner Zschernitz (N/G/L) received forfeit; 285-Jacob Baumgartner N/G/L) pinned Bryce Fayerweather (GC), 1:53.
Somerset 55, Glenwood City 12
113-Andy Grant (GC) pinned Thor Sanders (Somerset), 2:28; 120-Tyler Hantsbarger (S) received forfeit; 126-Nick Kearns (S) received forfeit; 132-Jared Grahovac (S) dec. Brad Kessler (GC), 6-4; 138-Carson Strong (GC) pinned Zach Maitrejean (S), 4:22; 145-Roy Hale (S) received forfeit; 152-Preston Anez (S) majored Tucker Lagerstrom (GC), 10-1; 160-Nicholas Bushinger (S) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC), 2:20; 170-Garrett Hecht (S) pinned Harrison Chouinard (GC), 1:28; 182-Ethan Wegscheider (S) pinned Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC), 0:56; 195-Peter Lepper (S) pinned Jake Kopacz (GC), 2:01; 220-Double Forfeit; 285-Zeb Rivard (S) pinned Bryce Fayerweather (GC), 4:28; 106-Double Forfeit.
Spooner 51, Glenwood City 18
120-Double Forfeit; 126-Austin Bauer (S) received forfeit; 132-Brad Kessler (GC) pinned Cole Ott (Spooner),0:52; 138-Carson Strong (GC) received forfeit; 145-Double Forfeit; 152-Carter Melton (S) received forfeit; 160-Zachary Kubnick (S) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC), 1:47; 170-Chase Melton (S) received forfeit; 182-Bryce Carroll (S) pinned Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC), 2:23; 195-Sam Melton (S) pinned Jake Kopacz (GC), 2:41; 220-Josh Melton (Spooner) received forfeit; 285-Brett Jepson (S) dec. Bryce Fayerweather (GC), 5-1; 106-Alex Daniels (S) received forfeit; 113-Andy Grant (GC) received forfeit. [/emember_protected]