The Lakeland wrestling team participated in the GNC Tournament at Medford Area High School on Saturday, Feb. 8.
As a team, the Thunderbirds placed fifth with 243 points. Medford won with 418 points. The Thunderbirds had a couple of individual champions.
“The last five matches of the season took us from third (place) down to fifth,” coach Adam Bremer said. “A couple of byes would have made a difference for us.”
Sawyer Duir won the 106 class and scored 43 team points. In the championship match, he defeated Medford’s Ty Sova by a 7-4 decision.
“My biggest excitement for Sawyer is that he can ride that momentum into next week at Regionals,” Bremer said. “In the championship match, he beat (Sova) who beat him in the regular season dual. Incredibly proud of him.”
Harry Nemcek also took home an individual title, winning the 120 class and scoring 41 team points. He defeated Mosinee’s Logan Johnson by a 11-3 major decision.
“Harry had a great day,” Bremer said. “I know in his mind a season goal was to be a conference champ again. He’s a two-time conference champion and has 100 career wins. A lot of wrestlers are chasing him.”
Jason Hilgart finished second and scored 36 team points in the 145 class. In round four, he defeated Mosinee’s Tristan Iczkowski by a pin in 1:48.
In the championship match, Hilgart fell to a pin to Medford’s Zeke Sigmund.
“Jason’s been one of our most consistent wrestlers all season,” Bremer said. “What people won’t see when they look at box score is he shot a takedown and had Sigmund’s leg in the air and score back points. We as a team are excited about Jason and to see an aggressiveness out of him. If Jason can continue to do what he’s doing, we’re excited for this journey (to State).”
In the 113 class, Ben Nemcek finished third and scored 27 team points. He finished his day off with a pin over Tomahawk’s Chris Bushong in 0:50.
“Ben made a decision around Christmas-time that he wanted to become a better wrestler,” Bremer said. “That third place puts him at the all-conference category, incredibly proud of the improvement he’s shown and growth of an underclassmen.”
Zane Grams finished fourth and scored 19 team points. In round one, he pinned Rhinelander’s Brady Schrieber in 2:00.
In round five, Grams fell to a 13-2 major decision to Antigo’s Logan Edwards in the 132 class.
Jerry Goselin, in the 152 class, placed fourth and scored 16 team points. He won his final match against Tomahawk’s Tom Rigney by a 15-13 decision.
Also placing fourth were Nick Rybicki of the 160 class and Henry Evenhouse in the 182 class.
Rybicki scored 17 team points. He defeated Rhinelander’s Joe Fugle by a 9-0 major decision in round nine before falling to Jake Brunner of Medford in round five.
Evenhouse ended his day with a pin over Mosinee’s Ben Folwarski. Evenhouse scored his team 19 points.
Landon Saglin placed fifth in the 220 class and scored 11 team points. Jose Retana placed fifth in the 138 class and scored 11 team points as well. Logan Strasburg finished sixth and scored three team points in the 126 class.
Up next, the Thunderbirds participate in Regionals on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Waupaca High School. The meet starts at 10 a.m.Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]