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This has truly been a season in the making for the Red Robin wrestling team as it has seen several great accomplishments this year but nothing will compare to Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Regional tournament.

Hosting the event, Antigo finished the day with 229.0 team points, more than enough to position them in first place taking the Regional team title, something that hasn’t occured in 34 years.

This is a huge accomplishment for this program and I couldn’t be happier with how this season has gone so far, a beaming coach Quinn Hrdlicka stated. Of course we still have to try and get a few through to the state tournament next weekend by placing in the top three at individual sectionals.

Placing second as a team was Tomahawk with 180.0 points; Waupaca finished third at 151.0; Lakeland was fourth with 137.0 points; the combined Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards team was fifth with 119.0 and Mosinee finished sixth with 102.0.  

Antigo will travel to Freedom tomorrow for the WIAA Division 2 Sectional B Team tournament with semifinals beginning at 6 p.m. Antigo will first square off against Luxemburg-Casco in Match 2 with the winner taking on the victor of Match 1 between Oconto Falls and Wautoma/Wild Rose at 8 p.m.

On the individual scale, the Robins advanced eight grapplers to Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Sectional tournament hosted by Seymour with matches beginning at 10 a.m.

Regional Champs

Three individual wrestlers, Korbin Kruger, Will Dixon, and Collinn Eldridge, each earned the title of regional champions in their respective weight class.

At 160 pounds, Krueger earned his title with a 7-3 decision over Matt Turkewicz of Tomahawk while Dixon, 170, grappled to a 11-3 major decision against Mason Holmquist of Lakeland.

Eldridge didn’t spend much time on the mat as he pinned Leon Diver from Lakeland in 1:17.

Korbin and Will wrestled very well and in control the whole day, coach Hrdlicka said. Collinn was finally back from rib injury had a very exciting first period pin in the first period to secure his regional title.

Second place

Reaching the podium and advancing on to the next level are, Neil Bretl, Ben Stimac, Brandon Lucht, John Schlieve, and Noah Williams, all placing second in their bracket.

At 106, Bretl defeated Austin Snow of Tomahawk with a pin at 2:50 in the second place wrestleback setting him up against Blaze Thurber of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards in the first place match. Thurber would take the match with a 9-4 decision.

Stimac also made it into the second place wrestleback at 126 pounds where he defeated Colby Bernhardt of Waupaca. Taking the first place match against Craig Elsen of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards in to overtime, Stimac would lose to a 7-5 decision.

Antigo’s 132 pounder Lucht earned a major decision over Traner Weiler of Mosinee in the wrestleback falling to Jordan Sarver of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards on a 7-0 decision.

At 145, John Schlieve pinned Jimmy Intribus of Waupaca in 3:11 allowing him to advance from the third place match. Another pin in the wrestleback, this time against Aden Elsen of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards in 2:47 gave him the second place finish.

Heavyweight Williams dropped Kyle Nelson of Tomahawk in his wrestleback match before falling to Jose Mohr of Mosinee by a close 7-6 decision in the first place round.

Others

Also competing on the day but not advancing were, Sam Hoffman, 113 pounds finished in fifth place; Nathan Dykstra, 120, also finished in fifth; Dylan Warax, 138, came in fourth; Garret Balis, 152, qualified for third; Nick Roller, 195, also finished in third place; and Qwan Bussey, 220, earned a third placement.

The eight individuals who qualified for Seymour will each be looking for a chance to wrestle at the state tournament in Madison, the coach added. All of our kids have a chance to go. None of them are going to have easy matches but at this level, no matter how good your record says you are, is guaranteed through to the state tournament.
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Antigo wrestlers bring home first regional team title in 34 years
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This has truly been a season in the making for the Red Robin wrestling team as it has seen several great accomplishments this year but nothing will compare to Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Regional tournament.

Hosting the event, Antigo finished the day with 229.0 team points, more than enough to position them in first place taking the Regional team title, something that hasn’t occured in 34 years.

This is a huge accomplishment for this program and I couldn’t be happier with how this season has gone so far, a beaming coach Quinn Hrdlicka stated. Of course we still have to try and get a few through to the state tournament next weekend by placing in the top three at individual sectionals.

Placing second as a team was Tomahawk with 180.0 points; Waupaca finished third at 151.0; Lakeland was fourth with 137.0 points; the combined Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards team was fifth with 119.0 and Mosinee finished sixth with 102.0.  

Antigo will travel to Freedom tomorrow for the WIAA Division 2 Sectional B Team tournament with semifinals beginning at 6 p.m. Antigo will first square off against Luxemburg-Casco in Match 2 with the winner taking on the victor of Match 1 between Oconto Falls and Wautoma/Wild Rose at 8 p.m.

On the individual scale, the Robins advanced eight grapplers to Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Sectional tournament hosted by Seymour with matches beginning at 10 a.m.

Regional Champs

Three individual wrestlers, Korbin Kruger, Will Dixon, and Collinn Eldridge, each earned the title of regional champions in their respective weight class.

At 160 pounds, Krueger earned his title with a 7-3 decision over Matt Turkewicz of Tomahawk while Dixon, 170, grappled to a 11-3 major decision against Mason Holmquist of Lakeland.

Eldridge didn’t spend much time on the mat as he pinned Leon Diver from Lakeland in 1:17.

Korbin and Will wrestled very well and in control the whole day, coach Hrdlicka said. Collinn was finally back from rib injury had a very exciting first period pin in the first period to secure his regional title.

Second place

Reaching the podium and advancing on to the next level are, Neil Bretl, Ben Stimac, Brandon Lucht, John Schlieve, and Noah Williams, all placing second in their bracket.

At 106, Bretl defeated Austin Snow of Tomahawk with a pin at 2:50 in the second place wrestleback setting him up against Blaze Thurber of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards in the first place match. Thurber would take the match with a 9-4 decision.

Stimac also made it into the second place wrestleback at 126 pounds where he defeated Colby Bernhardt of Waupaca. Taking the first place match against Craig Elsen of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards in to overtime, Stimac would lose to a 7-5 decision.

Antigo’s 132 pounder Lucht earned a major decision over Traner Weiler of Mosinee in the wrestleback falling to Jordan Sarver of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards on a 7-0 decision.

At 145, John Schlieve pinned Jimmy Intribus of Waupaca in 3:11 allowing him to advance from the third place match. Another pin in the wrestleback, this time against Aden Elsen of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards in 2:47 gave him the second place finish.

Heavyweight Williams dropped Kyle Nelson of Tomahawk in his wrestleback match before falling to Jose Mohr of Mosinee by a close 7-6 decision in the first place round.

Others

Also competing on the day but not advancing were, Sam Hoffman, 113 pounds finished in fifth place; Nathan Dykstra, 120, also finished in fifth; Dylan Warax, 138, came in fourth; Garret Balis, 152, qualified for third; Nick Roller, 195, also finished in third place; and Qwan Bussey, 220, earned a third placement.

The eight individuals who qualified for Seymour will each be looking for a chance to wrestle at the state tournament in Madison, the coach added. All of our kids have a chance to go. None of them are going to have easy matches but at this level, no matter how good your record says you are, is guaranteed through to the state tournament.
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