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The Hilltopper wrestlers wasted little time jumping into the new year as they opened the Dunn-St. Croix conference dual meet season and competed in an individual tournament last week.
The 2019 portion of Glenwood City’s schedule got off to a bit of a shaky start because of limited numbers as they lost to Spring Valley/Elmwood at home last Thursday 48-30 in the Dunn-St. Croix conference opener for both teams.
Two days later, the Hilltoppers competed in the Cadott Invitational and finished ninth in the 14-team meet despite having all seven of their varsity wrestlers place in the invitational.
Their January schedule will remain a busy one for the Hilltoppers who host a pair of duals – a non-conference tilt with Cameron last evening and a D-SC conference showdown against Mondovi this Thursday, January 10, before traveling to Chippewa Falls on Saturday, January 12 for another multi-team tournament.
Spring Valley/Elmwood Dual
It was an evening of forfeits and falls when Glenwood City welcomed Spring Valley/Elmwood Thursday, January 4 to kick off the Dunn-St. Croix wrestling duals season.
All 14 weight class outcomes were determined either by forfeit or fall.
While the two squads each scored a trio of pins, the visiting Spring Valley/Elmwood Cardinals were the benefactors of five forfeits to Glenwood City’s two which allowed the Red Birds to fly away with a 48-30 victory.
Both teams forfeited at 126 pounds.
“We felt with our entire line-up we could match up and have a chance to beat Spring Valley for the second year in a row,” said Shane Strong, Hilltoppers’ head coach. “We had three kids out for the dual which put us in a hole, impossible to get out of due to forfeits.”
Glenwood City had just eight varsity wrestlers available for the duals but held a 30-24 lead with just four matches remaining in the dual.
Unfortunately, Spring Valley/Elmwood won the next three matches via forfeits and closed out the final bout of the dual with Santana Schlegel’s first-period pin of the Toppers’ Kyla Haaf.
The 24 consecutive points gave the Cardinals an 18-point margin of victory.
Glenwood City’s pin falls were earned by Tucker Lagerstrom at 170, Andy Grant at 113, and Thomas Moede at 120 pounds.
Bryce Fayerweather and Andrew Berends were awarded forfeits at 220 and 285 pounds respectively.
“The kids came out to wrestle which you love to see,” added Strong.
Spring Valley 48, Glenwood City 30
160-Nate Fesenmaier (SVE) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC), 1:56; 170-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) pinned Nolan Stans (SVE), 3:51; 182-Kenny Fesenmaier (SVE) received forfeit; 195-Travis Marty (SVE) pinned Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC), 5:16; 220-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) received forfeit; 106-Kaleb Casey (SVE) received forfeit; 113-Andy Grant (GC) pinned Tristan Neisinger (SVE), 3:04; 120-Thomas Moede (GC) pinned Skyler Beesley (SVE), 3:22; 126-Double Forfeit; 132-Max Schmitt (SVE) received forfeit; 138-Brayden Wolf (SVE) received forfeit; received forfeit; 145-Cross Hurlburt (SVE) received forfeit; 152-Santana Schlegel (SVE) pinned Kyla Haaf (GC), 0:41.
After top five finishes in recent Cadott Invitationals, Glenwoood City finished ninth in the final standings with 212.5 points at the 2019 Hornets Invitational held Saturday, January 5.
But, it was not due to a lack of effort or outcomes as Glenwood City had seven of its eight wrestlers score points and place at the 14-team tournament.
Five of those finished with 3-1 marks including a pair of third-place finishes and three wrestlers taking fifth.
Sophomore Andy Grant and junior Tucker Lagerstrom led the way picking up bronze medals in the 113 and 160 weight classes respectively.
Grant, who finished with a pair of major decisions including a 10-2 win over Whitehall’s Gavin Stephans in the third-place match, came into the semifinals where Ryder Lefler of Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro decisioned him 7-3.
“Andy was in a tough bracket,” noted Coach Strong. “He lost a close match in the semifinals to a good kid from GET but dominated his third-place match with aggressive wrestling.”
After a first-round bye, Tucker Lagerstrom tech falled George Bestman of Hayward 17-0 in a match at 160 pounds. Lagerstrom was paired with unbeaten and state runner-up Brady Spaeth in the semifinals and was pinned at the end of the first round. But, the Topper wrestler rebounded to pin his opponent, an 18-5 wrestler from GET/MM in the third-place match.
Thomas Moede (120), Dakota Dean-Immerman (182) and Bryce Fayerweather (220) also tallied three victories in four matches and earned fifth places at their respective weights.
Nick Melendrez (152) and Andrew Berends (285) finished 2-2. First-year grappler Berends took sixth while Melendrez was tenth.
Kyla Haaf went 1-3 to finish 12th at 152 pounds.