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Northwoods Wrestlers earn trips to StateSubmitted: 02/16/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

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).

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