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Dylan Hunter leads Red Robin wrestlers at home tournament
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The first tournament of the year is always special to wrestlers. Athletes get a chance to see many different opponents, they get a chance to show off what they’ve learned in the pre-season, and most importantly, they get a chance to set the tone for their season. Antigo’s young team did just that on Saturday, playing host to the 2013 John Roberts dual tourney.

As a team, Antigo had a good day. The Robins went 3-2 overall and finished seventh out of 10 teams, defeating Marathon 40-34, Bayfield 46-30 and Manawa 51-24. The Robins lost to eventual tournament champion Athens, 44-24, in round one and a very close dual to Ashland, 40-36, to end the day.

“Our guys wrestled great today,” Antigo head coach Dallas Moe said. “We continued the aggressive style from Thursday night and we came in here ready to rock today. Our veteran wrestlers led the way, wrestling the kind of style I like to see, and our newer guys came in strong and really showed what they are capable of in the future. I’m really proud of all of them and how they came together as a team. This is the best team chemistry we’ve had since I started coaching here.”

One Antigo wrestler really shined through, starting his season off with a bang. Senior 126-pounder Dylan Hunter had a perfect day going 5-0, pinning all of his opponents and extending his record to 6-0 including his big win on Thursday.

“Dylan really stepped it up today,” Moe said. “He showed these younger guys what hard work and dedication can result in.”

At 113, sophomore Seth Doering went 4-1 with one pin. Also going 4-1 was senior Kirk Prince at 132/138 with two pins, a technical fall and a major decision; junior Garrett Becerra at 182/195 with three pins; and freshman Will Dixon at 145 with one pin.

After a tough start to the day, senior Tony Meister battled back from two straight losses at the start of the day to finish 3-2 with two pins. Also going 3-2 were freshman 132/138 Michael Keyser and sophomore 160-pounder Marcus Spencer with two pins.

Rounding out the team were sophomores Jake Steenweg, 0-4 at 170; Noah Nicholson, 1-2 at 170 with a few exhibition matches; Nick Stuckert, 2-3 at 182/195; Devon Brisby, 0-5 at heavyweight and junior Josafat Garcia-Moreles, 1-2 at 220.

“All of these guys wrestled their butts off and I am so pleased with how our season is starting,” Moe said. “They are green but they are making headway. We have this next week off from competitions so we can get a lot of work done and see what we can bring to the table in two weeks. I’m really excited about what this season will bring.”

Antigo will travel to Medford on Dec. 19.


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