- 560 of the best high school wrestlers are headed to Madison this week.
The state Individual championship tournament gets underway Thursday.
Several Northwoods wrestlers will be competing in all three divisions.
Some of the sectional champs heading down include Rhinelander's Connor Johnson. The Division One 195 pounder is ranked #2 in the state. He finished 5th last year. He says he feels alot better heading down this time around.
"Time in the weight room, I was 220 pounds in football," Johnson explains. "I had to cut to make 195 (pounds) this year. Nice to have more throwing around muscle. Nice to represent my town."
Crandon has two wrestlers state-bound. Morgan Krueger and Grant Murray finished second in their weight classes in Division Three.
Other D-1 area wrestlers include Fritz Schierl of SPASH earned his first trip at 138 pounds. He's excited to take part in his first tourney
The Merrill Bluejays will be sending seven wrestlers to state. That includes 170-pounder David Pophal, 220-pound defending state champ Tyler Schmidt, and Ben Hintze at 182. All section champs.
They're also competing in next week's team wrestling championships.
We'll have more on the Bluejays Wednesday.
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RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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