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Seven Rivertowns area wrestlers claim fifth place at state

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MADISON - Seven Rivertowns area wrestlers were able to win their fifth place matches at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

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In Division 2, Ellsworth's Tristen Mueller (35-23) blanked Evansville/Albany freshman Jordan Meyer (31-9) 9-0 at 132 pounds and teammate Logan Kemmerer (24-3) got a decisive takedown in the third period to beat Wautoma/Wild Rose junior Bryce Bennot (35-11) by a 9-4 score at 152.

In Division 1, Hudson's Dima Hawksford(41-5) used double-underhook throw to put Mukwonago senior Kirk Zylke (26-11) on his back for a 1:50 pinfall at 160 pounds; Derek Schindler (44-3) decisioned DeForest junior Brock Allen (42-10) 10-4 at 182 and Eliot Motu (35-13) won a rematch with Oconomowoc's Nick Gomez 9-3 at 220.

Speaking of rematches, St. Croix Central's Carl Moll (34-9) lost his to Viroqua's Clay Fitzpatrick by an 8-1 score at 170 but SCC other two wrestlers placed fifth in Division 2 as Cody Nyhagen (38-5) won 4-3 over West Salem/Bangor's Alex Peters at 160 and Kyle Aaby (44-5) received a forfeit at 182 as Wittenberg-Birnamwood freshman August Peplinski (42-13) was unable to wrestle due to injury.

Spring Valley/Elmwood's Zach Newton (37-13) placed sixth as he lost to New Lisbon junior Cullen Pedersen (44-4) by an 8-2 decision at 145 in Division 3.

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