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RHS Wrestling finishes 4th at Bluejay Challenge
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 01/10/2017
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With nearly a month off from competition, the Rhinelander High School wrestling team seemed to start right back where they left off. The Hodags had an impressive day of competition, finishing in 4th place at the Bluejay Challenge at the Merrill High School on Saturday as part of a 19-team event.

The Hodags placed six grapplers in the top-three of their weight class, including two individual titles from Jacob DeMeyer and Alec Bess.

Rhinelander was the top Great Northern Conference team to finish in the invite, with Tomahawk finishing sixth and Lakeland placing 14th. Sun Prairie cashed in on the meet win with 498.5 points.

At 145, DeMeyer made short work of his opponents to claim the title and is now 16-0 this season. On the day, only one match from DeMeyer made it to the third period against Sam Retz of Boyceville. And in his finally match, DeMeyer pinned Noah Massie of Barron for the championship at 2:32.

Bess was also perfect on the day at 5-0 at 170-pounds and is now 14-1 this season. To get to the championship Match, Bess won by three pins and a technical fall. In the final match for the title, Bess earned a 9-4 decision over Van Pietersom of Sun Prairie.

Rhinelander almost added another championship title on the day, but at 113 Reuben Guzik fell in his first match of the year. In the championship match against Wyatt Thiel of Sun Prairie, Guzik went up 5-0, but lost some ground to the finish. Thiel battled back and would eventually earn an 11-9 decision. Guzik finished second on the day and would suffer his first loss of season is now 15-1.

Alec Kurtz at 182 finished third place on the day in a tough bracket, with his lone loss against Alex Peplinski of Wittenberg Birnamwood in the semifinals. Peplinski is ranked first in Division 3 at 182.

Kurtz wasn't the only Hodags to earn a third-place finish; Tyler Olson at 120 and Alec Modrow at 132 also finished third on the day.

DeMeyer, a junior is currently ranked 8th in Division 1 at 145 pounds. At 170 pounds, senior Bess currently bumped up to 6th in Division 1. And fellow senior Kurtz is also ranked at 182 and is 12th. All rankings are from WI Wrestling online.

Rhinelander will be back on the mat and return to their Great Northern Conference schedule and will be on the road for a dual at Mosinee.
.Hodag wrestling down Hatchets 50-30
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 12/14/2016
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Before the match even began, Tomahawk avoided some of their tough matchups and forfeited to Jacob DeMeyer at 145, Alec Kurtz at 195, and Colton Krueger at heavyweight. While Rhinelander's two forfeits of the night came at 106 to Austin Snow, where they pushed freshman Isabella Anderson up to 113 to battle Morgan Waye and forfeited at 138 due to Alec Modrow being injured.

The Rhinelander High School wrestling team would go on to earn a 50-30 Great Northern Conference win at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

The Hodags still jumped out early to a large lead after starting with DeMeyer's forfeit win. After Kyle Kuester was pinned by Wyatt Wenninger of Tomahawk with just 10 seconds remaining in the final period.

But from there it was the Hodags who flexed and would rally for four straight match wins to establish a comfortable lead and never looked back. At 160, Eric Grulke earned a 16-4 major decision win over Gunnar Millard. And at 170, Scott Fox pinned Tony Matti late in the second period. And at 182, Alec Bess stuck Jacob Matti in 1:15. With the forfeit win for Kurtz, the Hodags held a 28-6 advantage.

At 220 Chase Redmond was pinned by Zach Stefanich of the Hatchets with only nine seconds remaining in the final period. And after back-to-back split forfeits at 285 and 106, it set up the shown down between Anderson and Waye at 113, which proved to be the turning point of the match.

Coming back after being down 2-0 after the first two periods, and Waye controlling a majority of the time, both wrestlers started the third on the feet. But that wouldn't last long, and only 20 seconds into the final period, Anderson had an impressive move to put Waye into a headlock, and pinned her for a huge Hodag win. And what was even more impressive was the freshman had only been wrestling for just over a month.

With momentum, high for Rhinelander, Reuben Guzik followed with a pin over Lance Knight of the Hatchets in just 24 seconds at 120 to seal the deal and clench the dual.

But the Hodags didn't stop there, although the dual was already determined, Tyler Olson at 126 earned a major decision win after. And in the final contested match of the night at 132, Robert Kintop was pinned.

Early in the season, it was a great GNC victory against Rhinelander's top rival, Tomahawk who split the conference title last season with the Hodags.

Although a fourth GNC title is the goal, the RHS wrestling team knows the season is young and there are plenty of quality opponents they will have to take care in the conference. 

Rhinelander will travel to Shawano on Saturday for an invitational and will resume GNC duals after the holiday break on January, 5th when they host Lakeland.
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Schedule
12/01
7:00PM
Away vs. CrandonW 54-21
12/03
10:00AM
Invitational @ Wausau West2-2-1
12/08
7:00PM
MarshfieldL 43-22
12/10
9:00AM
Invitational @ Logan HS1st/10
12/13
7:00PM
TomahawkW 50-30
12/17
9:00AM
Invitational @ ShawanoCancelled
12/29
8:00AM
Invitational @ River Falls Cancelled
01/05
7:00PM
LakelandCancelled
01/07
BlueJay Invite4th/19
01/10
7:00PM
Away vs. MosineePostponed
Rescheduled to 1-12-17
01/12
7:00PM
GNC dual at MosineeW 54-19
01/14
9:00AM
Invitational @ Stevens Point2nd/10
01/19
7:00PM
Away vs. AntigoL 45-28
01/21
9:00AM
Invitational @ Wausau East
01/24
7:00PM
Medford
01/31
7:00PM
Away vs. Lakeland
02/04
10:00AM
GNC Meet @ Antigo
02/11
TBD
Regionals Away vs. Merrill
02/18
TBD
Sectionals Away vs. River Falls
02/23
TBD
State Tournament Away vs TBD
Standings
Total Conference Points
Medford2 pts-
Hodags2 pts-
Antigo2 pts-
Tomahawk0 pts-
Lakeland0 pts-
Mosinee0 pts-
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