Tigers fifth, Central seventh in 2004 NRI
Trevor Gartner earned the 125-pound championship for New Richmond in the annual New Richmond Wrestling Invitational held on Saturday.
Gartner was New Richmond's only champion in the tournament. Jake Dalton and Zach Wolff took second place in their weight brackets for the Tigers.
Gartner put together a 5-0 day to win the tournament. In his final match in the pool portion of the meet, he beat an opponent from Spooner who had a 14-1 record by an 8-5 score.
In the finals Gartner beat the winner of the other pool, Tony Helstern of Turtle Lake, 7-2.
"He's started to get more aggressive," Tiger coach Mark Neumann said about Gartner's recent successes. "We have to be more aggressive as a team."
Dalton won his first four matches on pins before running up against Turtle Lake's Lance Hougdahl in the finals. This was an outstanding match, but Hougdahl was able to win late, 6-5.
Wolff had to face former state champion Adam Delander of St. Croix Central in the finals. Wolff showed his improvement by giving Delander a battle, before Delander finished off the 9-5 win.
"Zach is just improving all the time," Neumann said. "How much he's improved and how mentally tough he is, it's just incredible."
A pleasant surprise for the Tigers was the third place finish at 112 by Guy Carlson, a recent addition to the team. Carlson won four matches by pins in the tournament and his only loss was to Luck's Albie McKinney, one of the top-rated 112-pounders in the state.
Several of the younger wrestlers in the lineup did well. Val Wilbur earned her first two wins of the season at 103 pounds. Israel Neumann got two wins to take fourth at 152 pounds.
Colin Melby was the winner of four matches in the 171 pound bracket, taking third place. Chris Parker also placed third at 145 pounds.
In the upper weights, Aaron Praschak, Brian Volkert and Jeremy Weeks each placed fifth.
Central takes seventh
St. Croix Central senior Adam Delander was the champion of the 119-pound bracket on Saturday.
Delander battled New Richmond's Zach Wolff in the 119-title match, winning 9-5. Before that match, Delander had mowed through the competition in his weight class.
The next best finishes for the Panthers were by Craig Myer and Brady Hughes, who both placed fourth. Myer lost a close match in the third place match at 145 pounds, losing on a late reversal to New Richmond's Chris Parker 2-1.
Hughes ran out of steam. After winning all three matches in his pool, he was pinned in his two matches in the medal round.
Central coach Brad Holzer was encouraged that all but one of the Panthers scored at least one win in this tournament. Garrett Truesdill earned his first two wins of the season.
Dan Mataczynski, Trevor Helgeson and Kyle Helgeson each notched three wins in the tournament for the Panthers.
New Richmond placewinners
103 - Val Wilbur, fifth
112 - Guy Carlson, third
119 - Zach Wolff, second; Seth Johnston, sixth
125 - Trevor Gartner, champion
130 - Jake Dalton, second; Andy Svenningsen, seventh
145 - Chris Parker, third
152 - Israel Neumann, fourth
160 - Bryan Tscudy, sixth
171 - Colin Melby, third; Jon Haffner, fifth
189 - Aaron Praschak, fifth
215 - Brian Volkert, fifth
275 - Jeremy Weeks, fifth; Victor Wozniak, sixth
St. Croix Central placewinners
103 - Brandon Briggs, seventh
112 - Dan Mataczynski, fifth
119 - Adam Delander, champion
125 - Kyle Delander, sixth
130 - Trevor Helgeson, fifth
135 - Kyle Helgeson, fifth
140 - Ben Perry, sixth
145 - Craig Myer, fourth
152 - Garret Truesdill, seventh
160 - Brady Hughes, fourth
275 - Jake Lyons, seventh