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Five Tiger wrestlers make second day of Bi-State

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In the large holiday wrestling tournaments, one of the landmarks for individual wrestlers is advancing to the second day of the tournament.

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The New Richmond wrestling team was able to advance five wrestlers into the second day of action at the Bi-State Classic, wrestled at UW-La Crosse on Dec. 29-30.

To reach the second day at the Bi-State means that a wrestler finishes among the top 16 wrestlers in his weight class. There were 51 schools competing at this year's Bi-State.

Advancing to the second day of the tournament for the Tigers were Zach Wolff, Trevor Gartner, Mike Tarman, Chris Parker and Aaron Praschak.

Parker ended as the top finisher for the Tigers, taking eighth place. Gartner was the other Tiger who placed in his class, taking 12th. Parker won five matches in the tournament, Gartner went 4-4 in the tournament and Wolff, Tarman and Praschak each went 3-2 in the tournament.

Gartner went into the tournament with a 2-3 record, but he knocked off several of the big boys in the opening day of the tournament. Gartner's first opponent had a 12-1 record, but Gartner prevailed. The same happened in the second round, where Gartner's opponent had a 10-1 record. Gartner was finally beaten in the third round of the tournament, but it took a defending state champion to beat him.

In the fourth round, Gartner beat an opponent who had a 14-1 record.

In the second day of the tournament Gartner lost a little of his steam, losing two matches on pins when he had substantial leads.

Tiger coach Mark Neumann said Gartner was successful in the tournament because he wrestled much more aggressively from his feet than he had in past matches.

Needing to wrestle better from their feet is a team-wide symptom for the Tigers. Neumann said wrestling from the feet and from the bottom position are both problems for the Tigers. He said the one area where the Tigers have wrestled well this season is when they are in the up position.

The Tigers return to their Middle Border Conference schedule this Thursday, with a home match against Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers will also be at home on Saturday, wrestling in the annual New Richmond Invitational.

NRI 2004 IS SATURDAY

The annual New Richmond Wrestling Invitational will be held this Saturday.

The eight-team tournament is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The tournament is held in two pools, which guarantees each wrestler five matches.

Teams participating in the 2004 NRI include Osceola, St. Croix Central, Luck, Spooner, Turtle Lake, Unity, Whitehall and New Richmond.

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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