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GLENWOOD CITY — After last week’s winter storm which included a tornado that ravaged the community of Stanley and left the high school without power forcing the cancellation of Friday’s dual-meet wrestling tournament, Glenwood City quickly pulled together and hosted an impromptu triangular meet with Ladysmith and Ellsworth on that same day.
Glenwood City dropped both of its matches in the December 17 meet, losing 44-27 to Ladysmith in the first match of the night and 60-14 in the finale to D2 powerhouse Ellsworth.
The short-handed Hilltoppers, however, had three wrestlers finish the evening unbeaten.
Wrestling at 152 pounds, senior Thomas Moede scored a 1:00 pin of Ellsworth’s Eli Bohl and received a forfeit in the Ladysmith dual.
Junior Ian Radintz, ranked second in the D3 126-pound state poll, received a forfeit against Ladysmith and blanked Ellsworth’s William Penn, an honorable mention at the same weight class in Division 2, with a 5-0 decision.
Freshman Wyatt Unser was the other Hilltopper grappler to earn an 2-0 record in the meet. Currently listed as number 12 in D3’s 113-pound state rankings, Unser competed at 106 pounds in Friday’s triangular pinning Owen Burmeister of Ladysmith in 1:34 and earning a 17-1 technical fall over Ellsworth’s Noah Walker.
Those three provided Glenwood City with its only three wins against Ellsworth (who won seven matches by pin and three others on forfeits) as well as three of the team’s five victories in the Ladysmith dual.
In the opener with Ladysmith, additional wins were turned in by Noah Brite and Jake Wood. Brite scored an 8-4 decision over Justice Klingbeil at 182 pounds and Wood was awarded a forfeit at 120 pounds. The Lumberjacks won three matches by fall, two on major decisions and received three forfeits.
Several junior varsity matches were also held during the triangular.
After a home scrimmage against Somerset next Monday, the Hilltoppers will compete in the annual Northern Badger Classic to be held Wednesday and Thursday, December 29 and 30 at River Falls High School.