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The Glenwood City grapplers continued on their busy new year’s schedule last week, wrestling three times in a five-day period with mixed results.
The Hilltoppers split a pair of home duals, losing a forfeit-filled match to the Cameron Comets 41-21 in a non-conference tilt last Tuesday but, rebounded with their first Dunn-St. Croix win with a 36-12 triumph over Mondovi on Thursday.
The two dual results evened Glenwood City’s Dunn-St. Croix mark at 1-1 while their overall mark is 3-8.
The Toppers also competed in Saturday’s Chippewa Falls Invitational where four of their wrestlers landed on the awards podium.
The Blue and White clad wrestling warriors have a pair of competition dates this coming week with a conference dual in Durand this Thursday, January 17 which will be followed by an appearance two days later at the January 19 St. Croix Falls Invitational. Glenwood City will finish out the regular season and conference dual schedule with a rivalry showdown in Boyceville on Thursday, January 24.
The Toppers will then take a well deserved respite until the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament on February 9.
After losing at home two days prior, Glenwood City rebounded nicely, winning five of the contested six matches against visiting Mondovi last Thursday, January 10 to claim a 36-12 win and their first conference dual meet victory of the season.
With six weight classes being double forfeits, Thursday’s dual with the Buffaloes moved quickly.
Glenwood City wrestlers Bryce Fayerweather (220), Andrew Berends (285), Andy Grant (113), Nick Melendrez (152) and Tucker Lagerstrom (160) all recorded pins. Berends’ pin was the first of his varsity career.
In addition, the Hilltoppers’ Dakota Dean-Immerman received a forfeit at 182 pounds.
Mondovi’s two wins came via a fall at 126 pounds where the Buffs Ashton Crawford pinned Thomas Moede in the first period and a forfeit at 138 pounds.
There were double forfeits at 195, 106, 120, 132, 145 and 170 pounds.
Glenwood City 36, Mondovi 12
182-Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC) received forfeit; 195-Double Forfeit; 220-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) pinned Raith Bauer (M), 4:55; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) pinned Justin Rykal (M), 3:47; 106-Double Forfeit; 113-Andy Grant (GC) pinned Eli Burr (M), 3:20; 120-Double Forfeit; 126-Ashton Crawford (M) pinned Thomas Moede (GC), 0:55; 132-Double Forfeit; 138-Lance Crawford (M) received forfeit; 145-Double Forfeit; 152-Nick Melendrez (GC) pinned Payton Leirmo (M), 1:36; 160-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) pinned Brandon Wagner (M), 0:51; 170-Double Forfeit.
Glenwood City led early when they hosted Cameron in a non-conference dual last Tuesday, January 8.
But the Comets streaked to a 41-21 triumph with six consecutive wins to close out the dual.
Cameron opened with a 6-0 lead after Derrick Huppert pinned Glenwood City’s Nick Melendrez in the 152-pound match.
The Hilltoppers, however, came back with four consecutive wins to post a 21-6 advantage.
Tucker Lagerstrom scored a 13-7 decision over the Comets’ Ashton Waite at 160 pounds, Bryce Fayerweather pinned Jacob Gouine at the 4:48 mark of the pair’s 220-pound duel and Dakota Dean-Immerman (182) and Andrew Berends (285) both received forfeits to collect all 21 of the Hilltoppers’ points.
But the Comets would overtake their host over the next six matches.
Cameron junior, Ladd Remington scored a 16-0 technical fall shut out over GC’s Andy Grant at 113 and Cole Romsos followed with a pin of Toppers’ freshman Thomas Moede at 126.
The Comets also collected forfeits at 106, 132, 138 and 145 to close out the dual and victory with 35 unanswered points.
The 120-, 170- and 195-pound weight classes were double forfeits.
Cameron 41, Glenwood City 21
106-Tanner Gerber (C) received forfeit; 113-Ladd Remington tech falled Andy Grant (GC), 16-0; 120-Double Forfeit; 126-Cole Romsos (C) pinned Thomas Moede (GC), 5:53; 132-Jeremy Bank (C) received forfeit; 138-Aiden Torok (C) received forfeit; 145-Caleb Gillet (C) received forfeit; 152-Derrick Huppert (C) pinned Nick Melendrez (GC); 160-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) dec. Ashton Waite (C), 13-6; 170-Double Forfeit; 182-Dakota Dean-Immerman (GC) received forfeit; 195-Double Forfeit; 220-Bryce Fayerweather (GC) pinned Jacob Gouine (C), 4:48; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) received forfeit.
Chippewa Falls Invite
Glenwood City came away with four individual medalists and a ninth-place team finish in the Chippewa Falls Invitational held Saturday, January 12.
Topping the team’s invitational finishers were senior Bryce Fayerweather and sophomore Andy Grant.
Both wrestlers finished with 4-1 records with Fayerweather taking the runner-up spot at 220 pounds while Grant grappled to third in the 113-pound weight class.
Fayerweather wrestled well all day in the 220-pound bracket according to Glenwood City coach Shane Strong.
The senior registered three pins and a technical fall in his four wins. His only loss coming in the championship match to Mondovi’s Raith Bauer by fall.
Grant had a pair of falls among his four wins along with a major decision and a 6-0 win against Tristan Neisinger in the third place match.
Junior Tucker Lagerstrom and freshman Thomas Moede secured the other place finishes a pair of fourths at 160 and 120 respectively. Lagerstrom finished 4-2 with three pins and Moede was 2-2 with both wins coming via falls.
Nick Melendrez (160) and Andrews Berends (285) did not place.
As a team, the Toppers scored 66.5 points in the 11-team tournamenet which was won by Tomah.