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The Nordic Ski Championships kicked off in RhinelanderSubmitted: 02/09/2013

THE NORTHWOODS - A week and a half ago, the Nordic Ski Championships were in jeapordy of being moved from the Northwoods Since then, tons of snow has fallen and today hundreds of students hit the trails.

This is the first time Rhinelander has hosted the event since 2007. It's the equivalent of the state tourneys held down in Madison.

For the hometown team,on the boys side, Lou Bassette finished in 39th with the best time for the Hodags. And for the girls, Hillary Wall skied her way into 20th place.

The team from Lakeland had a great day on the course. Freshman Mack Fitzpatrick took fifth place and Will Bo-Davis, Michael Orlowski and Lucas Paulson all finished in the top 20.

For the ladies, Delaney FitzPatrick glided to a second place finish, Erin Bolger 8th and Sophia Annis 11th.

The skiers will be reseeded Sunday, based on today's finishes and race a freestyle pursuit for the state title.

To the mat... wrestling regionals were held today. Merrill hosted a division one group. The top 4 finishers in each weight class move on to sectionals.

In the championships, for the 160 class, Blue Jays Mason Reinhardt showed why he's ranked number one in the state. He got the sudden victory win over Jared Mataczynski.

Rhinelander's Conor Johnson won by decision 11-5 over Alex Klug in the 195.

And Merrill's Tyler Schmidt remains undefeated on the year after beating River Judd 7-1 for the 220 class.

Crandon held a D3 regional with the top 2 finishers moving on.

In the 126 class, Cardinals Hayden Krueger won by pin over Andrew Kelley in 1:05.

Laona/Wabeno's Robbie Rocole took the top spot for 138 pounds after pinning Kollin Champine in just 47 seconds.

In the 145, Hayden Krueger from Crandon got his 150th win today and beat Alec Smith by technical fall 16-0.

For the 160, Florence's Cole Dollar took a hard fought match 10-6 over Joey Johnson.

And for the big guys, Emerson Hegeman of Three Lakes got his 101st win and won by pin over Zack Timblin.

Find all the results including D2 on trackwrestling.com


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