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 - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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