MADISON - Champions were crowned in all three divisions. Plus third place and 5th place matches were decided.
In Division 1 126 pounds, Wausau West's Colin Baine defeated Merrill's Garrett Schmelling by decision 8-2.
In Division 3 126 lbs, 2 undefeated grapplers faced each other. Devin Lemanski of Edgar was against Austin Loos from Lourdes Academy. Devin also won by decision 9-4.
Also from Edgar, senior twin brothers Matt and Luke Nowak both won the state title in their weight classes. Matt at 170 pounds. Luke at 182 pounds.
In Division 1 170 pounds, Junior David Pophal from Merrill was pinned by Jake Stilling of Elkhorn Area.
And in D1 220, Merrill's Tyler Schmidt defeated Dakota Johnson from Elkhorn Area by a decision in the Division 1 220 pound championship. Tyler finishes the year undefeated.
Third place winners from the area include: D1 - 152lb. Travis Hettinga (Wausau West), 160lb. Mason Reinhardt (Merrill), D2- 152lb. Aaric Spencer (Medford), D3- 132lb. Carter Shampo (Crandon), 145lb. Hayden Krueger (Crandon), 152lb. Anthony Lemanski (Edgar), and 160lb. Cole Dollar (Florence).
Other results include Rhinelander's Connor Johnson was fifth in D-1 195 pounds, and Tomahawk's Austin Bellile was fourth in D-2 182 pounds.
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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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