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Glenwood City had neither the time nor inclination to rest on their laurels following their small school championship and ninth overall finish in the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic.
The new year brought with it a fresh set of challenges for the Hilltopper wrestlers as they kicked off the 2022 portion of their mat schedule last Thursday with a triangular in Mondovi which included the Dunn-St. Croix conference opener against the Buffaloes. Then, just two days later, they competed in the always tough Cadott Invitational.
Glenwood City won both of its duals at the Mondovi triangular January 6, dominating the host Buffaloes 60 to 12 to open the conference season at 1-0 and then disposed of Independence/Gilmanton, 58-24, in the second of the evening’s three duals.
The Hilltoppers continued their outstanding mat work January 8th in Cadott where they had 16 wrestlers place including a pair of champions, three second-place finishes, a third and a fifth to finish as the runner-up in the 16-team invitational.
Glenwood City will go to Spring Valley this Thursday for a key conference dual against the Spring Valley/Elmwood Cardinals and will then compete at a tournament in Caledonia, MN on Saturday, January 15.
In the opening dual of last Thursday’s Mondovi triangular, the host Buffaloes took a 6-0 lead over the Hilltoppers after Mitchell Fedie scored a first-period pin over Glenwood City senior Carter Clemens in the contest’s first match.
That proved to be Mondovi’s only lead.
With the exception of double forfeits at 195 and 220 pounds, Glenwood City won the next eight matches and ten out of 14 – six via forfeits and four others on pin falls – to defeat Mondovi 60 to 12.
Following Fedie’s win, Glenwood City turned the tide in its favor with forfeits to Blake Fayerweather (220), Elsja Meijer (106), Savanna Millermon (113), and Logan McVeigh (120).
Second-ranked Ian Radintz scored the Toppers’ first pin of the triangular as the junior stuck Mondovi’s Maverick Lawstuen just 1:24 into their bout at 126 pounds.
Following a forfeit to another Topper junior, James Knight, at 132, Glenwood City got two more pins to take a 42-6 advantage. Junior Gabe Knops made a triumphant return from an injury with a 58 second pin over Mason Leirmo at 138 pounds and freshman Mitchell McGee came through with a first-period pin in his 145-pound match with Coby Vollmer.
Cody Wagner picked up the Buffaloes second and final victory with a pin of senior Thomas Moede at 152 pounds.
Junior Noah Brite and freshman Jackson Logghe then finished off the dual with a pair of wins for the Hilltoppers. Brite scored a 2:58 fall over Alex Coffey at 160 pounds while Logghe was awarded a forfeit at 170.
Glenwood City 60, Mondovi 12
182-Mitchell Fedie (M) pinned Carter Clemens (GC), 1:13; 195-Double Forfeit; 220-Blake Fayerweather (GC) received forfeit; 285-Double Forfeit; 106-Elsja Meijer (GC) received forfeit; 113-Savanna Millermon (GC) received forfeit; 120-Logan McVeigh (GC) received forfeit; 126-Ian Radintz (GC) pinned Maverick Lawstuen (M), 1:24; 132-James Knight (GC) received forfeit; 138-Gabe Knops (GC) pinned Mason Leirmo (M), 0:58; 145-Mitchell McGee (GC) pinned Coby Vollmer (M), 1:58; 152-Cody Wagner (M) pinned Thomas Moede (GC), 3:08; 160-Noah Brite (GC) pinned Alex Coffey (M), 2:58; 170-Jackson Logghe (GC) received forfeit.
After losing two of the first three matches against Independence/Gilmanton, Glenwood City won nine straight matches to earn a 58-24 win over the Indees.
Carter Clements started the Toppers off with a forfeit victory at 195 pounds but Independence/Gilmanton won the next two bouts, a pin by Drew Bragger over GC’s Blake Fayerweather at 220 pounds and a forfeit at heavyweight.
But then the Hilltoppers went on a roll. Savanna Millermon (113), Ian Radintz (120), James Knight (132), Jonas Draxler (145), Thomas Moede (152), and Noah Brite (160) all scored pins. Elsja Meijer (106) and Logan McVeigh (126) won on forfeits and Gabe Knops shut out the Indees’ Gabe Pietrek, 14-0, in a match at 138 pounds for a 58-12 GC lead.
Independence/Gilmanton closed out the dual with pins at 170 and 182 pounds to account for the final score of 58-24.
Glenwood City 58, Independence/Gilmanton 24
195-Carter Clemens (GC) received forfeit; 220-Drew Bragger (I/G) pinned Blake Fayerweather (GC), 1:47; 285-Jacobo Medina (I/G) received forfeit; 106-Elsja Meijer (GC)received forfeit; 113-Savanna Millermon (GC) pinned Charles Baize (I/G), 2:32; 120-Ian Radintz (GC) pinned Cora Sonsalla (I/G), 0:44; 126-Logan McVeigh (GC) received forfeit; 132-James Knight (GC) pinned Gael Leon (I/G), 3:16; 138-Gabe Knops (GC) majored Gabe Pietrek (I/G), 14-0; 145: Jonas Draxler (GC) pinned Max Marsolek (I/G), 1:30; 152-Thomas Moede (GC) pinned Logan Vold (I/G), 0:35; 160-Noah Brite (GC) pinned Clay Herdahl (I/G), 2:30; 170-Mason Gierok (I/G) pinned Jackson Logghe (GC), 3:30; 182-Gavin Bragger (I/G) pinned Connor Gross (GC), 2:49.
Juniors Ian Radintz and Gabe Knops won championships while Wyatt Unser, James Knight and Noah Brite finished as runners-up to help boost Glenwood City to second-place team finish in the Cadott Invitational last Saturday, January 8.
The Hilltoppers had 16 varsity wrestlers place in their respective weight classes helping the team to accumulate 424 points, second only to host Cadott which won the 16-team event with a score of 487. Regis-Altoona scored 398 to place third, Menomonie came in fourth with 348, and Hayward rounded out the top five with 330.5.
Overall, the Hilltoppers posted a combined record of 44-24 in the invitational.
“Our wrestlers competed very well finishing second overall behind Cadott,” posted head coach Shane Strong on the Glenwood City Wrestling Facebook page.
Radintz, 17-1 and ranked second in the new D3, 120-pound state poll, and Knops both finished the tournament with 4-0 records.
Following a first-round bye, Radintz registered three straight pin falls including a four-minute pin of Hayward’s Trenton Kirkland in the 120-pound championship to earn 50 team points which included bonus points in every match.
Knops also garnered bonus points for his team as he had a major decision, a technical fall, and a pin fall among his four wins at 132 pounds.
Finishing 3-1 and in second place on the day were Wyatt Unser (14-2) at 106 pounds, James Knight (14-5) at 126 pounds, and Noah Brite (11-7) at 160 pounds.
Five other Glenwood City wrestlers also copped 3-1 marks in the Cadott Invitational. Senior Thomas Moede placed third at 152, Mitchell McGee took fifth at 138 while Jonas Draxler came in ninth at the same weight, and Savanna Millermon and Jake Wood both finished ninth at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.
Finishing 2-2 were: Logan McVeigh, 6th at 120; Zeb Holden, 13th at 145; Will Standaert, 7th at 160; Jackson Logghe, 6th at 170; Carter Clements, 7th at 182; and Blake Fayerweather, 7th at 220.
Xavier Gill competed at 145 and Connor Gross took part in the Junior Varsity division at 170 pounds.