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The Nordic Ski Championships kicked off in RhinelanderSubmitted: 02/09/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


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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According to the Vilas County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin State Patrol, it happened around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and County Highway H.

Investigators think a van went through an intersection and hit a semi truck.

"There was injury," said Boulder Junction Fire Chief Matthew Reuss. "The two passengers in the van had to be extricated. One was taken to Howard Young Medical Center for further care. The driver of the semi was uninjured and the second passenger in the van was pronounced dead at the scene."

According to Wisconsin State Patrol, the driver of the van is a 68-year-old woman from Colby. Crews later took her to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield for non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, a 77-year-old male from Colby, died in the crash. They were both wearing seatbelts. 

The driver of the semi is 63 years old and from South Range. 

Traffic was rerouted through Boulder Junction for several hours and was reopened shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Several units responded to the scene.

"Because we had multiple patients, we dispatched multiple ambulance units," Reuss said. "We called in resources from Arbor Vitae for traffic control and we called Manitowish Waters for help in extrication and ambulance service as well as Medic 5 out of Howard Young."

State Patrol and the Vilas County Sheriff's Office will investigate the crash.

Police will not release the names until the families are notified. 

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As of Tuesday morning, the state patrol dealt with more than 200 incidents around the region.

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"The number of slide ins have really outnumbered the number of crashes, which kind of tells us that's good that motorists have been listening and kind of adding a little more distance between themselves and other vehicles so that's good, so it looks like the total number of slide ins have been significantly higher than crashes," said State Patrol Sergeant, Dan Gruebele

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Durand is due in court January 23.

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