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Glenwood City wrestlers came up short in their quest for a second consecutive win in the Dunn-St. Croix dual schedule.
The Durand Panthers edged out the Hilltoppers 33-30 in last Thursday’s competition held in Durand.
Glenwood City then had a short, one-day turnaround to prepare for a tough invitational in St. Croix Falls this past Saturday, January 19.
The Toppers finished second-to-last in the tournament as they fielded just four varsity wrestlers for the competition, two of which placed.
Glenwood City, now 1-2 in conference duals, will wrap up its conference- and regular-season schedules this Thursday when they travel to Boyceville to take on the rival Bulldogs, who received honorable mention in the D3 state poll.
Barring and last-minute additions to its schedule, the Hilltoppers next action will be in the WIAA Division 3 regional competition in Cadott on Saturday, February 9.
A second Dunn-St. Croix dual victory proved elusive when the Glenwood City wrestling team traveled to Durand last Thursday to face the Panthers.
The Hilltoppers came up three points short as the Panthers prevailed 33-30 in the January 17 match that featured just four contest matches.
While the both squads each registered a pair of wins in those matches, with Glenwood City winning on two pins and Durand taking one by fall and the other by decision, the hosts received one more forfeited match (4) than did the Toppers (3) which was the difference in the outcome.
In all, the dual had ten forfeits including three double forfeits at 106, 120 and 195 pounds.
“I was disappointed we didn’t get a couple more matches,” said Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong of the set back. “They (Durand) had the option to move up to us to get in two more matches but chose not to for forfeit points.”
Topper freshman Thomas Moede moved up to wrestle at 126 pounds and came away with an impressive fall over the Panthers’ Roy Cooper in just 1:05.
“We chose to move Thomas up to 126 to get some wrestling,” noted Strong. “And he performed well earning a pin.”
The other Glenwood City victory came at 182 pounds. There senior Dakota Dean-Immerman also scored a fall, taking Durand’s Jackson Lange to the mat at 1:19 of the bout.
“Dakota wrestled very aggressive in his match at 182,” said Strong. “It was nice to see him put together a couple nice turns in the first period before earning a fall.”
Unfortunately, Glenwood City was on the short end of a decisive match at 220 pounds where Topper senior Bryce Fayerweather lost on a 7-4 decision to Cody Gilbertson.
Andy Grant (113), Tucker Lagerstrom (160) and Nick Melendrez (170) received forfeits.
Durand 33, Glenwood City 30
106-Double Forfeit; 113-Andy Grant (GC) received a forfeit; 120-Double Forfeit; 126-Thomas Moede (GC) pinned Roy Cooper(D), 1:05; 132-Ethan Kummer (D) received forfeit; 138-Spencer Sabelko (D) received forfeit; 145-Ethan Weiss (D) received forfeit; 152-Ceejay Schlosser (D) received forfeit; 160-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) received forfeit; 170-Nick Melendrez (GC) received forfeit; 182-Dakota Dean-Immerman pinned Jackson Lange (D), 1:19; 195-Double Forfeit; 220-Cody Gilbertson (D) dec. Bryce Fayerweather (GC), 7-4; 285-Matthew Kuznicki (D) pinned Andrew Berends (GC), 3:34.
St. Croix Falls Classic
The Hilltoppers finished with just 24 points and a pair of medalists at the 2019 St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic held Saturday, January 19.
Glenwood City took 18th out of 19 teams at the tough invitational that featured squads from all three of Wisconsin’s Divisions along with some teams from Minnesota.
St. Croix Falls, ranked 4th in the current Division 3 polls, won its own tournament with 178.5 points with Big Rivers power Hudson taking second with 147.5 and followed closely by Boyceville at 144 and River Falls with 140.
While the Toppers knew they would struggle in the team competition with only four varsity wrestlers, they did manage to get two of them on the awards podium.
Senior Bryce Fayerweather finished with a 4-1 record and a fifth-place showing at 220 pounds while junior Tucker Lagerstrom went 3-2 at 160 pounds to capture sixth.
Andy Grant (113) and Thomas Moede (120) both finished out of the medals with 1-2 efforts.
Glenwood City also had three wrestlers compete in the junior varsity tournament. There, junior heavyweight Andrew Berends placed second despite an opening round loss; Nick Melendrez took fourth at 152 and Kyla Haaf finished sixth while also wrestling at 152 pounds.