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Northwoods Wrestlers conclude at State ChampionshipsSubmitted: 02/23/2013
Story By Newswatch 12 Sports


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.

To view all of the wrestling brackets and find your favorite wrestler, click on the link below.

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