MARSHFIELD - The Division One Sectional in Marshfield proved to be a big day for both Wausau West and Merrill. The two schools combined for 7 of the 14 section champions.
Wausau West had 5 winning their weight classes. They are Bee Lor (106 lbs.), Colin Baine (126), Joe Umlaf (132), Travis Hettinga (152), and Ryan Fay at 285 lbs. Also heading to Madison after a second place finish from Wausau West is Cody Grunenwald at 170 lbs.
Meanwhile Merrill had two wrestlers earn the top spot. Tyler Schmidt won the 220 lb. category, while David Pophal took the 170 lb. title. Also Garrett Schmeling and Mason Reinhardt gained second place finishes at 126 and 160 pounds respectively.
D.C. Everest's Joe Ziolkowski took the 145 pound championship, while Wausau East's Brook Whitehead won at 138 pounds.
Rhinelander had two second place wrestlers moving on. Connor Johnson was second at 195 pounds, while Richard Klaver was also second at 152.
Other second place wrestlers in Divison One were Mitch Mallek (Stevens Point - 182 lb.), Justin Pawlek (Stevens Point - 285), and Nick Diny (Wausau East - 120).
At the Division 2 Sectional in Seymour, Tomahawk's Austin Bellile (185 pounds) and Braxton Potrykus (152) of Wittenberg-Birnamwood won Section Championships. Potrykus' teammate Ben Vosters was second at 113 pounds. Also Mosinee's Elliot Sparby was second at 145.
At the Division 3 Secional in Bonduel, Edgar had three section champs - Devin Lemanski (126), Matt Nowak (170), and Luke Nowak (182).
Crandon's Hayden Krueger took the 145 pound crown, while Carter Shampo was second at 132.
Robert Rocole From Wabeno is also a State Qualifier at 138 lbs taking 2nd at the Boduel Sectional.
Stratford will also have two represenatives at state. Dondrick Tackes won at 195 pounds, while Hunter Kauffman was second at 220.
Also going to Madison are Dylan Willemssen of Athens (106 champ), Elcho's Joey Johnson (160 - second place), and Madison Draeger of Three Lakes (113 - second place).
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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