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RHS Wrestling advance 4 to WIAA State Meet
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 02/20/2017
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The Rhinelander High School wrestling team had an impressive showing at the WIAA Division 1 sectional meet held at River Falls, and four Hodags advanced to the 2017 WIAA State meet.

Jacob DeMeyer would chart his third straight sectional title with teammates Alec Kurtz, Alec Bess, and Reuben Guzik joining him as the top two wrestlers in each boat advanced to state.

At 145, junior DeMeyer showed his versatility on the day and started in the quarterfinals with pinning Joe Vang (Eau Claire North). Then in the semifinals, DeMeyer adjusted to Nolan Hertl (Marshfield) who was attempting to avoid giving up points, and won 2-0.

And in the championship match, he defeated Bergh Diebel (Wisconsin Rapids) by a 16-1 technical fall for another sectional title. DeMeyer was able to prove why he is 40-0 on the season.

Fellow junior Kurtz at 182 started the day strong, earning his 100th career win after pinning Jake LaVenture (New Richmond) in the first period at 1:21. Then he defeated Alex Brost (Marshfield) in a 6-1 decision in the semifinals to advance to the championship match.

And in the finals Kurtz earned a 7-1 decision over Jordan LaRue (Wausau West) for the section title at 182 and advanced to 36-5 on the season.

Senior Bess at 160 with his final shot at a trip to state on the line, had a convincing day and is now 36-3 in his final season. Bess downed Cody Cicha (Hudson) in an 11-3 decision in the quarterfinals.

Have a dominating for two periods, Bess pinned Riley Wyandt (Chippewa Falls) with only 33 seconds left in the match. And the championship match, Bess made short work of Nathan Fehlen (New Richmond) and pinned him at 29 seconds into the first period for the sectional title.

And at 113, junior Guzik started the day with a pin at 1:15 over Spencer Cernohouse (River Falls). And in what proved to be the most crucial match of the day, Guzik would rally for a 9-1 win over Carter Duerkop (Each Claire North) in the semifinals.

But in the championship match, Guzik would be pinned by top-ranked Brady Koontz (Stevens Point) who is 33-0 at 4:42. Duerkop won the wrestle back over freshman Brandon Dennis (New Richmond) for third. But because Guzik defeated Duerkop earlier he automatically earned the second-place position and final state qualifying spot.

Rhinelander nearly had five state qualifiers, but Colton Krueger at 195 fell to Sam Stroik (D.C. Everest) for the second time this season. In the semifinals, Krueger fell to Outhayun Smith (Eau Claire Memorial) in a close 13-10 decision.

But after a 9-2 win over Chance Kamrowski (River Falls), Krueger earned the wrestleback. That would set up the match against Stroik, where Krueger fell in the Merrill regionals. And like their first meeting, Stroik would earn the win, this time a 4-2 decision.

Junior Tyler Olson finished in fourth at 120 and closed the year with a 30-10 season record. Olson started with 9-0 decision over Jack Androsky (Superior). But he fell to Mitchell Anderson (Hudson) in the semifinals. And in the third-place match he fell in a close 7-5 decision to Michael Rebozo (River Falls).

Sophomore Eric Grulke at 138 dropped in the quarterfinals to junior Brandon McClure (Superior) and was pinned at 3:11.

As a team, the Hodags finished in second behind Hudson who earned the team sectional win over Marshfield and finished with 115 points. Rhinelander in second charted 98.5 points.

Despite the obstacles, the RHS wrestling team encountered this season with the pertussis outbreak during mid-season with nearly three weeks of no practices or competition and not winning the Great Northern Conference title; the Hodags responded and had an impressive showing and will be sending four wrestlers to the state meet.

The three-day 74th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament will begin on Thursday at 3:00PM and will be held at the Kohl Center in Madison.

RHS Wrestling send 7 to Sectionals
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 02/13/2017
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Although the Rhinelander High School wrestling team did not earn another Great Northern Conference title, they were able to have a strong individual showing at the Division 1 (Region 2) tournament held at Merrill High School on Saturday. The Hodags finished the day, advancing seven wrestlers to sectionals including three champions. As a team, Rhinelander finished second behind Marshfield.

The Hodags three champions on the day included Jacob DeMeyer (145), Alec Bess (160), and Alec Kurtz (182). Also qualifying to advance to the River Falls WIAA sectionals was; Eric Grulke, Tyler Olson, Reuben Guzik, and Colton Krueger.

DeMeyer was back in action at his normal weight of 145 after earning the GNC title at 152 pounds and remains undefeated after the weekend. DeMeyer pinned Carter Bayer (Merrill) and William Waldron (Wausau West) to advance to the finals.

In the finals DeMeyer was than able to defeat Bergh Diebel (Wisconsin Rapids), the ninth ranked wrestler by a 12-3 major decision.

At 160, Bess had a bye in the first round, and would rally to pin Michael Olson (Wausau West) in just 57 seconds. And following suit in the finals Bess was able to make another quick pin over 10th ranked Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (Marshfield) in 1:04 to earn the title.

And at 182, Kurtz started strong pinning Kevin Geurink (D.C. Everest) in just 14 seconds and would also pin Alex Brost (Marshfield) in 3:17 in the semifinals. In the finals, Kurtz earned an 8-4 decision over Jordan LaRue (Wausau West) for the title.

Krueger who has been wrestling 220 and 285 all season, decided to drop to 195, where he suffered his first loss of the year. Krueger pinned Reece Ament (Wausau East) and David Lummis (Stevens Point) to advance to the finals. And he would be pinned in 58 seconds to Sam Stroik (D.C. Everest).

Guzik at 113 pinned Carter Napiwocki (Wausau West) at 3:03 and would earn a 15-6 major decision of Ben Diny (Wausau East) to advance to the finals. Guzik then battled against No. 1 ranked Brady Koontz (Stevens Point) and fell in an 18-8 major decision to finish second.

With a first round bye, Olson at 120 then defeated Tanner Kanable (Marshfield) in a 6-4 sudden victory decision to make it to the finals. Olson then fell to No.1 ranked Dylan Koontz in a 21-8 major decision to finish second overall.

Grulke at 138 started the day with a pin over Nicolas Henkens (Wausau West) in 1:22 before falling in a 9-4 decision to Dylan Trigg (Stevens Point). And in the third-place match, Grulke defeated Brody Gehrke (Merrill) in a 10-7 decision.

Looking ahead to sectionals, all seven Hodags have a good shot at advancing to the WIAA State tournament. At sectionals if you win your first match, you are put into a four-person bracket and two advance to state. The seven Hodags will be back in action on Saturday when they take part in the D1 sectionals in River Falls with a shot at state on the line.

Away vs. CrandonW 54-21
Invitational @ Wausau West2-2-1
MarshfieldL 43-22
Invitational @ Logan HS1st/10
TomahawkW 50-30
Invitational @ ShawanoCancelled
Invitational @ River Falls Cancelled
BlueJay Invite4th/19
Away vs. MosineePostponed
Rescheduled to 1-12-17
GNC dual at MosineeW 54-19
Invitational @ Stevens Point2nd/10
Away vs. AntigoL 45-28
Wausau East Duals4-1
MedfordL 42-31
Away vs. LakelandCancelled
GNC Meet @ Antigo2nd/6
Regionals Away vs. Merrill2nd/8
Sectionals Away vs. River Falls
State Tournament Away vs TBD
Total Conference Points
Medford22 pts-
Antigo16 pts-
Hodags16 pts-
Tomahawk10 pts-
Lakeland6 pts-
Mosinee2 pts-
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