Hodags stake GNC claim
The battle for the early lead in the GNC race turned on the experience of the Rhinelander squad. The Hodags pulled out a 51-21 triumph in the battle of the league’s two remaining unbeatens.
“They kicked our butts,” THS coach Bob Garrou said. “Their seven seniors are just better than we are at the moment. We’ve got our work cut out to catch them by the conference tournament. They are well-coached, in shape and stronger than us. But our kids responded to it. They didn’t hide in a corner.”
After Adrianna Schultz (106) was pinned in :51, Cullen Wegener (113) evened it up with a fall in 2:50. But Rhinelander pinned Blake Carstenesen (120, 1:07), and Trevor Thieme (126,3:24) and Chase Erdman was tipped 12-7 at 132. Nate Flohr (138) pinned in 3:11, but Blake Mueller (145) was stuck in 1:10 and Quinton Wallenfang (152) lost a 14-6 major for a 31-12 lead.
Peter Pintens (160) took a 6-3 win, but a possible 12-point swing occurred when Kaleb Kaminski (170) was called for a slam while leading handily in the second period.
“Kaleb just made a mistake and took (Dominic Littleton) down a little harder than he is supposed to,” Garrou said. “It’s a great lesson for a sophomore. You’ve always got to control the kid.”
Rhinelander picked up a 9-1 major over Henry Helland (182) and 16-0 tech fall of Dane Brochardt (195), before Jake Borchardt (220) pinned in 1:49. The Hatchets forfeited at 285.