The Rhinelander High School wrestling may have improved to 2-0 in the Great Northern Conference standings Thursday night after edging Lakeland 42-30, but they only won five of 12 contested bouts. The Hodags also used two forfeit wins to win 42-30 at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.
The pair of forfeit wins RHS won would prove to be the difference at the end of the dual, with each forfeit win equaling six points. All five of the Hodags contested wins were by pin, and Rhinelander would lose four decisions and suffered three pins.
The Hodags would find themselves down 21-18 after the first eight bouts before RHS would rally for 18 unanswered points, which would prove to be enough to win the match.
The five Rhinelander pins were from Tim Fox (106), Tyler Olson (132), Jacob DeMeyer (160), Hunter Greyhair (182), and Colton Krueger (220). Isabella Anderson (120) and Alec Kurtz (195) each earned forfeit wins. Fox’s pin in the second-period clenched the dual for RHS.
The Thunderbird wrestlers who won by pin on the night included; Harry Nemcek (113), Robert Burgess (152), and Xavier Burgess (170). Lakeland’s Dejay Nordrum (126), Jack Scandin (138), Jason Hilgart (145), and Delsin Flemming (285) each won by decisions over Rhinelander. Nordrum is currently ranked seven in Division 2 at 126 and earned a 10-5 decision over Reuben Guzik. Alex Monk, Scott Fox, and Will Swanson of RHS were all pinned on the night.
Rhinelander and Medford both are now 2-0 in the GNC showdown, but anything can happen down the stretch. Last season RHS fell to both Antigo, and defending GNC champions, Medford. The Hodags will be back in action for another conference dual on Tuesday night and will host Mosinee.