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Hilltoppers take down Cardinals to finish as D-SC wrestling runners-up

Glenwood City’s wrestlers have shown themselves to be a resilient group all year along.

And last week was no different.

After suffering a heartbreaking 48-28 home loss to rival Boyceville last Tuesday, January 30, in what was essentially a battle for this year’s Dunn-St. Croix wrestling crown, the Hilltoppers bounced back for a pair of dual wins to close out the regular season.

Both contests, played on the road, were rescheduled after winter weather caused the postponement of their original January dates.

After earning a 39-24 non-conference win in Cameron last Thursday to open the month of February, Glenwood City traveled to Spring Valley the next evening, February 2, to tangle with the Cardinals and returned with its third conference win after beating Spring Valley/Elmwood 46-24.

The two victories put Glenwood City’s dual meet record at 9-6, not bad for a squad few expect to any conference matchups let alone finish as the Dunn-St. Croix’ runners-up.

The Hilltoppers will open the WIAA tournament series this Saturday, February 10 when it returns to Spring Valley for the Division 3 regional where the top two individuals in each weight class will advance to sectional competition in Osceola the following Saturday and the winning team will earn a berth in Tuesday’s (Feb. 13) team sectional in Cadott.     

Spring Valley/Elmwood Dual

With forfeits in eight of the 14 weight classes, the outcome of last Friday’s dual in Spring Valley came down to the half dozen matches in which the Hilltoppers and the Cardinals went head-to-head.

Glenwood City claimed victory in five of those matches and the dual with a 46-24 triumph over the former seven-time defending conference champion.

Three of those key wins came in the middle weights where Aaron Holmquist scored a 11-3 major win at 120 pounds, state-ranked senior Jacob Nadeau won a 7-2 over Nate Fesenmaier in the 126-pound match and another state-ranked senior, Bradley Kessler, pinned his opponent at 132 pounds that gave the Toppers a 32-12 lead at the time.

Sophomore Tucker Lagerstrom’s pinfall win at 145 and senior Jake Kopacz’ 7-4 decision over Nick Hofacker at 195 pounds account for Glenwood City’s other two victories in the contested matches.

Jayden Nyeggen was the only Cardinal wrestler to beat a Topper opponent, winning by fall at 182 over GC’s Harrison Chouinard.

The Hilltoppers also won the forfeit battle over the Cardinals by a count of four to three. Both squads forfeited at heavyweight.

Spring Valley earned wins in the first two matches at 170 (forfeit) and 182 and at the end with forfeits at 152 and 160.

Glenwood City 46, Spring Valley/Elm 24

170-Carter Merth (SVE) received forfeit; 182-Jayden Nyeggen (SVE) pinned Harrison Chouinard (GC), 1:59; 195-Jake Kopacz (GC) dec. Nick Hofacker (SVE), 7-4; 220-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit; 285-Double Forfeit; 106-Andy Grant received forfeit; 113-Will Eggert (GC) received forfeit; 120-Aaron Holmquist (GC) majored Brayden Wolf (SVE), 11-3; 126-Jacob Nadeau (GC) dec. Nate Fesenmaier (SVE), 7-2; 132-Brad Kessler (GC) pinned Clayton Neisinger (SVE), 3:34; 138-Austin Curvello (GC) received forfeit; 145-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) pinned Cross Hurlburt (SVE), 3:57; 152-Santana Schlegel (SVE) received forfeit; 160-Kenny Fesenmaier (SVE) received forfeit.

Cameron Dual

Pins and forfeits played a role in Glenwood City’s 39-24 win in Cameron February 1.

Will Eggert (113) and Brad Kessler (132) won by fall and the Toppers added three forfeits en route to victory.

Aaron Holmquist (120), Austin Curvello (145) and Andy Grant (106) all earned favorable decisions for the Hilltoppers.

Three of the Comets four wins came via forfeits.  

Glenwood City 39, Cameron 24

120-Aaron Holmquist (GC) over Cole Romsos (C), 6-2; 126-Aiden Torok (C) received forfeit; 132-Brad Kessler (GC) pinned Paul Mikolon (C), 0:45; 138-Double Forfeit; 145-Austin Curvello (GC) dec. Zach Huffman (C), 6-1; 152-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) received forfeit; 160-Thomas Vought (C) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC), 0:55; 170-Harrison Chouinard (GC) received forfeit; 182-Jake Kopacz (GC) received forfeit; 195-Double Forfeit; 220-Ethan Utt (C) pinned Bryce Fayerweather (GC), 3:19; 285-Andrew Olson (C) received forfeit; 106-Andy Grant (GC) dec. Remington Ladd (C), 5-2; 113-Will Eggert (GC) pinned James Hill (C). 0:19.