Knights third in “Rebel” wrestling

WABENO, Wis. – Norway produced two individual champions and a third-place team finish in the Rebel Invitational high school wrestling meet Saturday.

Zac DeCremer (106) and Dylan Hoffart (113) captured titles for the Knights.

Norway also notched runner-up awards from Cole Gonzalez (138) and Zavier Gonzalez (160), third from Donny Houle (126), fourth from Taylor Bonetti (170), fifth from Tanner Gonzalez (145) and sixths from Kasey Siegle (heavyweight) and Cody Spade (152).

“I felt we had a good showing for our very first competition this year,” Norway Coach Nick Burklund said. “A lot of the kids at the tournament had six to seven matches under their belt.”

Freshman Tyler Laurin (120) posted his first varsity win with a pin.

“All of the kids fought hard,” Burklund said. “They got us team points that kept us battling between first and third all day.”

Reedsville, 212, placed first in the 17-team meet, followed by Tomahawk, 196, and Norway, 179.5. Florence finished 11th, 63, and Kingsford 15th, 40.

“I felt it was a good showing,” Burklund said of the team third. “There was a couple matches that we were up in points and we let slip out. Those are big for the kids placing and team points. Other than that I felt our conditioning was pretty good for the first competition.”

DeCremer pinned Abel Brockman of Cedar Grove-Belgium in the third period for the title. Hoffart’s crown came on a first-period pin over Blake Carstensen of Tomahawk

Kingsford’s Zach Jones (106, 3-1 record) placed third.; Yury Hammar (138), sixth, and Seth Collins (145), third.

“I felt like our boys did very well as a whole,” said Flivver coach Torrey Adams. “There were some very good Wisconsin wrestlers. Zach Jones had a very good match against Zac DeCremer in the semifinals but couldn’t pull off the win. Seth Collins had a strong day of wrestling as well with a good showing against John Lemanski of Florence.”

Florence’s registered Shawn Paulson (132), second; Danny Jones (126), fourth; and Andrew Kelley (138), fifth.

John Lemanski (145) went 2-2 with two pins. Mitch Koenig (152) was 2-2 with two pins, and Anthony Kligis (160) recorded a pin.

“We placed 11th out of 17 teams with only six wrestlers,” Florence coach Shane McLain said. “This says something about the quality of our wrestlers. Competition was extremely tough.”

Florence also competed at the Crivitz Invite last week.

Paulson and Kelley each went 5-0 to place first. Jones was 4-1 for a second-place finish, and Koenig earned fifth.

“These boys wrestled extremely well,” McLain said. “The effort and drive these four put into practice is showing up on the mat.”

Kingsford hosts Norway and Iron Mountain in a triangular match tonight. Florence returns to action Tuesday, hosting Menominee Indian.