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GLENWOOD CITY — Although the Hilltoppers did not have an undefeated wrestler, Glenwood City saw a quartet of its grapplers garner four wins in five matches at the 23rd annual John Timm Memorial Duals held at the high school last Saturday, December 7.
Seniors Tucker Lagerstrom and Andrew Berends along with junior Andy Grant and freshman Ian Radintz posted 4-1 marks in the 2019 event to lead the Hilltoppers to a 2-3 record, one win more than the previous year, and a fourth-place showing in the six-team, dual-style tournament.
A solid achievement considering the Toppers forfeit four weight classes in each dual.
Freshman Trenton McNamara picked up three victories at 220 pounds, all via forfeits, to finish at 3-2 along with junior who wrestled at 138 and 145 pounds earned a pair of pins among this three triumphs. Sophomore Marcis DeSmith also scored two pins – one at 182 and the other at 195 – to finish the day at 2-2.
Another freshman getting a taste of varsity competition was Noah Brite, who finished 1-3 at 160 and 170 pounds. Senior Jabin Hojem (132) and freshman James Knight (138/145) wrestled hard but finished without a win.
Glenwood City lost to tournament winner Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 52-15, Triton, MN 61-16 and Spooner/Webster 48-34 but came up a winner against Bloomer/Colfax and Somerset by scores of 36-33 and 38-18 respectively.
In addition to Saturday’s tournament, Glenwood City opened the season at home last Thursday, December 5 hosting Clear Lake in a dual which the Toppers won 36-33.
“The varsity wrestling had a busy (first) couple of days to end the week wrestling in six dual meets in two days,” head coach Shane Strong wrote on the Glenwood City Wrestling Facebook page.
“The boys finished 3-3 as a team with wins over Clear Lake, Bloomer/Colfax and Somerset. We lost a close dual with Spooner/Webster while also falling to Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal and Triton, MN.”
Strong gave kudos to several of his charges in the post congratulating Moede, Radintz, Berends, Grant and Lagerstorm on their strong starts in the new season.
Moede and Radintz had four falls in those six matches and a total of 28 team points. Moede, along with Lagerstrom, also earned seven takedowns to share the team lead in that category.
Noah Brite, Ian Radintz, Trenton McNamara and Marcis DeSmith each earned their first ever varsity wins last week.
Calling him the week’s most improved, Strong had praise for freshman James Knight writing, “James Knight has improved significantly from this summer in Iowa to where he is now. He wrestled some very good competition this week. Despite struggling in the win column he really demonstrated improvement and the will to work hard in a match.”
Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal copped the team title for the fourth time in five years with a perfect 5-0 mark. Triton, MN came in second at 4-1. Last year’s team champ, Spooner/Webster was third with a 3-2 record followed by the Toppers at 2-3, Bloomer/Colfax was 1-4 and Somerset last once again after going winless in its five duals.
Glenwood City will scrimmage Eau Claire North this Friday before wrapping up its pre-Christmas break schedule with a dual in River Falls on Thursday, December 19 followed two days later with a tournament at the Trinity School in the Twin Cities on Saturday, December 21.
Glenwood City 16, Triton, MN 61
195-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) dec. Mason Barker (T), 3-0; 220-Grady Klankowsi (T) pinned Trenton McNamara (GC), 3:58; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) pinned Anthony Gonzalez (T), 3:44; 106-Ian Radintz (GC) major dec. Hunter Stark (T), 16-2; 113-Garrett Lewis (T) received forfeit; 120-Andy Grant (GC) pinned Austan Adreon (T), 2:46; 126-Cole Kodada (T) received forfeit; 132-Alex Naze (T) pinned Jabin Hojem (GC), 1:21; 138-Kody Rasmussen (T) pinned James Knight (GC), 2:14; 145-Colby Dobbs (T) pinned Thomas Moede (GC), 3:30; 152-Owen Garness (T) received forfeit; 160-Hunter Shadow (T) major dec. Noah Brite (GC), 13-4.
Glenwood City 36, Bloomer/Colfax 33
152-Mitch Harmon (B/C) received forfeit; 170-Kolbyn Yohnk (B/C) pinned Noah Brite (GC), 1:44; 182-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) pinned Colin Bohl (B/C), 1:56; 195-Marcis DeSmith (GC) pinned Kadyn Yohnk (B/C), 3:45; 220-Trenton McNamara (GC) received forfeit; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) pinned Parker Redingev (B/C), 3:00; 106-Ian Radintz (GC) pinned Brison Tuschl (B/C), 2:42; 120-Luke Blanchard (B/C) dec. Andy Grant (GC), 6-4; 126-Alex Poirier (B/C) received forfeit; 132-Sawyer Best (B/C) pinned Jabin Hojem (GC), :31; 138-Thomas Moede (GC) pinned Tytain Clemons (B/C), :48; 145-Ethan Rubenzer (B/C) pinned James Knight (GC), 2:40.
Glenwood City 15, Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 52
160-Tommy Friemoth (NGL) received forfeit; 170-Dan Polzin (NGL) received forfeit; 182-Nathan Buchanan (NGL) dec. Tucker Lagerstrom (GC), 9-1; 195-Joe Polzin (NGL) pinned Marcis DeSmith (GC), 2:00; 220-Gunner Hoffman (NGL) pinned Trenton McNamara (GC), 1:45; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) received forfeit; 106-Luke Dux (NGL) dec. Ian Radintz, 6-0; 113-Jarick Young (NGL) received forfeit; 120-Andy Grant (GC) dec. Gage Ludovic (NGL), 5-3; 126-Jame Zvolena (NGL) received forfeit; 132-Keeghan Anding (NGL) pinned Jabin Hojem (GC), 1:45; 138-Garret Learman (NGL) pinned Thomas Moede (GC), 1:59; 145-Donte Mohr (NGL) dec. James Knight (GC), 6-4; 152– Carter Schoengarth (NGL) received forfeit.
Glenwood City 38, Somerset 18
160-Noah Brite (GC) major dec. Parker Lytle, 13-0; 182-Marcis DeSmith (GC) pinned Alex Lange (S), 1:50; 195-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) tech fall Landon Anez (S), 13-4; 220-Trenton McNamara (GC) received forfeit; 285-Sawyer Wilson (S) pinned Andrew Berends (GC), 2:52; 113– Ian Radintz (GC) pinned Conner Grahovac (S), 0:46; 120-Andy Grant (GC) received forfeit; 126-Tyler Hantsbarger (GC) received forefit; 138-Thomas Moede (GC) pinned Landon Wilson (S), :43; 145-Zach Maitrejean (S) pinned James Knight (GC), 2:45.
Glenwood City 34, Spooner/Webster 48
182-Carter Melton (SW) pinned Marcis DeSmith (GC), :19; 195-Tucker Lagerstrom (GC) pinned Jacob Solveson (SW), 2:03; 220-Trenton McNamara (GC) received forfeit; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) pinned Ian Perrine (SW), 1:50; 106-Hunter Christner (SW) received forfeit; 113– Ian Radintz (GC) pinned Roman Paffel (SW), :58; 120-Andy Grant (GC) pinned Kolton Frederikson (SW), 2:58; 126-Alexander Daniels (SW) received forfeit; 132-Issac Hopke (SW) pinned Jabin Hojem (GC), :30; 138-Thomas Moede (GC) major dec. Jimmy Melton (SW), 17-3; 145-Brody Jepson (SW) pinned James Knight (GC), 2:47; 152-Eli Zaloudek (SW) received forfeit; 160-Brandon Meister (SW) pinned Noah Brite (GC), 0:20 170-Jacob Solveson (SW) received forfeit.
Clear Lake Dual
Despite winning just two of the dual’s seven contested matches, Glenwood City was able to nip Clear Lake 36-33 in a season-opening dual in Glenwood City December 5.
Thanks to pins by Ian Radintz at 106 pounds and Thomas Moede at 138 coupled with four forfeits, the Toppers were able to squeeze past the Warriors, who also won four of its six matches with pins and had a forfeit.
There were double forfeits at 152 and 170 pounds.
Glenwood City 36, Clear Lake 33
170- Double Forfeit; 182-Ivan Ruble (CL) dec. Tucker Lagerstrom (GC), 17-11; 195-Marcis DeSmith (GC) received forfeit; 220-Trenton McNamara (GC) received forfeit; 285-Andrew Berends (GC) received forfeit; 106-Ian Radintz (GC) pinned Derek Krier (CL), 3:01; 113-Mitchell Anderson (CL) received forfeit; 120-Dominic Leintz (CL) pinned Andy Grant (GC), 4:49; 126-Shane Larson (CL) pinned Gabe Knops (GC), 1:49; 132-Jabin Hojem (GC) received forfeit; 138-Thomas Moede (GC) pinned Blake Espeseth (CL), :38; 145-Matt Amnderson (CL) pinned James Knight (GC), 4:41; 152-Double Forfeit; 160-Lukas Paulson (CL) pinned Noah Brite (GC), 2:35.