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LUCK — When the Glenwood City wrestling team traveled to Luck for a dual against Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren last Thursday evening, the two squads split their six contested matches.
The Hilltoppers collected pins in all three of their wins while L/F/G/S finished with just two falls and a decision giving visiting Glenwood City an 18-15 advantage on the scoreboard.
But the dual’s final outcome was eventually determined by the matches that were not wrestled.
Of the eight forfeit match, one of which was a double forfeit at 113 pounds, L/F/G/S claimed four of them and a tight 39-36 victory over Glenwood City, who were awarded three forfeits.
In a key early match at 120 pounds, Taedon Nichols of L/F/G/S decisioned Topper Andy Grant 5-1.
Thomas Moede and Will Eggert followed with pins at 126 and 132 to give Glenwood City a 12-3 lead.
L/F/G/S, however, would reel off four consecutive wins – three forfeits and a pins at 160 – to take a 27-12 advantage.
The Hilltoppers narrowed their deficit to three points with a forfeit at 170 and Tucker Lagerstrom’s pin at 182 which made it a 27-24 dual.
“I was pleased with the way Will Eggert and Tucker Lagerstrom came out to wrestle. They were both on the attack from the start looking to score points,” stated Toppers’ head coach Shane Strong. “We have really emphasized increasing our leg attacks, which was a weakness in our first tournament.”
Dominic Caroon pinned GC’s Dakota Dean-Immerman at 195 to extend L/F/G/S lead to nine but forfeits to Bryce Fayerweather (220) and Andrew Berends (285) gave the Toppers a brief 36-33 advantage.
L/F/G/S won the next match and dual when Nolan Johnson received a forfeit at 106 pounds.
“I would like to see our other guys on the offense more,” continued Strong. “I’ve seen improvement in our conditioning which is good to see.”
“We have a great deal of work ahead of us if we want to compete against the tough competition we have coming up,” added the coach. “The attitude is good right now in the practice room.”
Glenwood City hosted Turtle Lake/Clayton in a dual last evening (December 11) and will compete this Saturday in a tournament at Trinity School at River Ridge in Minnesota to wrap up its pre-Christmas schedule.
Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren 39, Glenwood City 36
113-Double Forfeit; 120-Taedon Nichols (L/F/G/S) dec. Andy Grant (GC), 5-1; 126-Thomas Moede (GC) pinned Logan Czech (L/F/G/S), 3:47; 132-Will Eggert (GC) pinned Donald McLafferty (L/F/G/S), 1:29; 138-Hunter Sellent (L/F/G/S) received forfeit; 145-Landyn Johnson (L/F/G/S) received forfeit; 152-Roberto Dominguez (L/F/G/S) received forfeit; 160-Merlin Hibbs (L/F/G/S) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC), 3:35; 170-Cody Weeks (GC) received forfeit; 182-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) pinned Brad Lucas (L/F/G/S), 4:47; 195-Dominic Caroon (L/F/G/S) pinned Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC), 1:56; 220-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) received forfeit; 106-Nolan Johnson (L/F/G/S) received forfeit.