GLENWOOD CITY, WI - The Spring Valley-Elmwood wrestling team started their conference title defense with a win over neighboring Glenwood City this past Thursday on the road, 47-22.
SV-E was able to get a number of wins by falls, and a few forfeits as well, to take advantage of a Hilltopper team that lost four wrestlers to season ending injuries before the season even began.
The match started off with senior Seth Schlegel continuing his winning form at 138 pounds by taking a major decision over Marcus Ullom 13-5 for an early 4-0 lead.
Cooper Stevens, another senior, added six more points to that score when he won by fall over freshman Tucker Lagerstrom in the second period at 145 pounds. Sophomore Santana Schlegel, who has moved up and down the weight classes, got another major decision win for SV-E with a 12-0 win at 152 over John Pagnotta.
Senior Cruze Hurlburt won by forfeit at 160 to increase the lead to 20-0 for the Cardinals and Kenny Fesenmaier won by fall at 170 over Dakota Dean-Immerman in the second period to seal the win for the Cardinals at 26-0, although not at the time.
Carter Merth won by fall over Carlos Perez at 182 in the second period to increase the lead to 32-0 and Nick Hofacker extended that lead with a tough 5-4 decision win over Spencer Peterson at 195 to make it 35-0.
Senior Austin Turner won by forfeit at 220 and junior Dakota Elsenpeter won by fall just 15 seconds into his match with Bryce Fayerweather at 285 to give the Cardinals a 47-0 lead.
The Hilltoppers got some points at 106 with Aaron Holmquist winning a decision over Ben Anderson, 6-1, followed by Austin Curvello winning a 9-0 major decision over Luke Deppa at 113.
2016 State qualifier Jake Nadeau beat SV-E’s Clayton Neisinger by fall in the waning seconds of the second period at 120 pounds while Bradley Kessler was able to top SV-E senior Dylan Bune in another tight match with a 7-5 score.
GC’s Carson Strong finished the scoring with a win by fall over the Cardinals Travis Marty at 132 pounds to make it 47-22 final.
The Cardinals are now 7-1 in dual matches on the season, 1-0 in the Conference.
The Cardinals wrestle at the Chi High Invite on Saturday. Their next dual match will be against Mondovi on Thursday, January 19 at Mondovi.