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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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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