The Glenwood City wrestling squad capped its pre-holiday schedule on a high note.
Shane Strong’s Hilltoppers opened its final week of competition before the holiday break with a 60-0 road pummeling of Turtle Lake/Clayton last Tuesday, December 12 and then turned in an outstanding performance in an 11-team tournament at Trinity School at River Ridge in Eagan, MN Saturday, December 16 to finish third overall despite filling just half of the 14 varsity weight classes.
Glenwood City’s grapplers will take a well-deserved respite for the Christmas holiday before returning to the mats for the annual Northern Badger Wrestling Classic on Thursday, December 28 and Friday, December 29 at River Falls High School.
Glenwood City was definitely undermanned, due in part to injuries, when it headed across the state line Saturday, December 16 to compete in the 2017 Trinity Invitational in Eagan, Minnesota.
But that did not stop the Hilltoppers from garnering an impressive third-place finish in the tournament.
All seven of Glenwood City’s varsity wrestlers placed fourth or higher and included a pair of champions and a runner-up as the team compiled 124.5 points to finish behind winner New Richmond (175) and second-place Pine Island, MN (163).
“We wrestled well as a team and have shown improvement each week,” wrote head coach Shane Strong on a post on the Glenwood City Wrestling Facebook page.
Freshman Andy Grant and senior Jacob Nadeau, who returned to the line-up last week following an injury at the John Timm Duals, won their respective weight classes while Carson Strong finished second.
Grant remained unbeaten, taking the 113-pound gold after registering a pin in the semifinals and a 14-3 major decision in the championship match over Pablo Garcia of Park Center, MN.
Nadeau scored a pin, a technical fall and then a 10-2 major decision over Ogilivie’s Braden Ryan in the title match for the win at 126 pounds.
Senior Carson Strong won by fall and decision in his first two matches at 138 pounds. But in the championship match, Strong suffered his first setback of the season losing to Monticello’s Carsten Scherber on a late, third-period fall to take second place.
Seniors Brad Kessler and Jake Kopacz both finished 3-1 and in third place at 132 and 195 pounds respectively.
Aaron Holmquist placed fourth at 120 as did Austin Curvello at 145 pounds.
Team Scores: 1. New Richmond 175, 2. Pine Island, MN 163, 3. Glenwood City 124.5, 4. Monticello, MN 121.5, 5. Ogilvie, MN 104, 6. Park Center, MN 85, 7. Benilde-St. Margaret, MN 81, 8. Edina, Mn 63, 9. Trinity School at River Ridge, MN 58, 10. Triton, MN 45, 11. St. Paul Humboldt, MN 35.
While four of the 14 weight classes had double forfeits, Glenwood City swept the ten remaining contested matches including six by fall to shut out host Turtle Lake/Clayton 60-0 last Tuesday, December 12 in Turtle Lake.
Andy Grant (120), Jake Nadeau (132), Brad Kessler (138), Carson Strong (145), Austin Curvello (152) and Jake Kopacz (195) all recorded first- or second-period pins in their respective match in the victory.
Aaron Holmquist (113), Nick Melendrez (160), Dakota Dean-Immerman (182) and Triton Postle (285) received forfeits.
GC 60, Turtle Lake/Clayton 0
106-Double Forfeit; 113-Aaron Holmquist (GC) received a forfeit; 120-Andy Grant (GC) pinned Kody Nitchey (TL/C), 2:36; 126-Double Forfeit; 132-Jake Nadeau (GC) pinned Dylan Nitchey (TL/C), 1:12; 138-Brad Kessler (GC) pinned Damon Galatowitsh (TL/C), 2:27; 145-Carson Strong (GC) pinned Hunter Heintz (TL/C), 2:33;152-Austin Curvello (GC) pinned Mason Heffner (TL/C), 2:31; 160-Nick Melendrez (GC) received a forfeit; 170-Double Forfeit; 182-Dakota Dean Immerman (GC) received a forfeit; 195-Jake Kopacz (GC) pinned Brendan Swager (TL/C), 1:11; 220-Dobule Forfeit; 285-Triton Postle (GC) received a forfeit.