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Heuss wins gold at GNC meet, Edwards, Bretl, Roller silvers
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The Antigo varsity wrestling team traveled to Medford on Saturday for the Great Northern Conference Tournament and sent six of its 10 competitors to a top three finish and all-conference status.

Junior Josh Heuss was the top Robin wrestler on the day, earning his way to first place in the 160 pound bracket. Heuss began with three dominating victories. His first victim was Lakeland's Nick Rybicki. Heuss secured a takedown one minute into the match, then won via pinfall at 1:48.

Heuss dispatched Joe Fugle of Rhinelander even more quickly, with a takedown at 30 seconds and the pinfall win at 1:06. Following a third round bye, Heuss met his first challenge in Medford's Jake Brunner. After a scoreless first period, Heuss was able to lock up a cradle and win via pinfall at 3:39.

The fifth and final round would prove one of the most exciting of the tourney, as Heuss took on Logan Bishop of Tomahawk. Bishop secured the first takedown, but Heuss managed a quick escape, then with a takedown of his own grabbed a 3-2 first period lead. In the second, Bishop scored an escape and takedown, but Heuss fired right back with his own escape and takedown, and the Robin led 6-5 ofter two periods.

The third period remained close throughout. With only 28 seconds on the clock, Bishop scored a takedown to tie the match. Heuss nearly pulled out the win at the buzzer, but he broke free with an escape mere moments too late and the match went to overtime.

In the extra session, the two exchanged shots and takedown attempts before Bishop was able to secure a takedown with seven seconds remaining, earning a 9-7 sudden victory. Despite the loss, Heuss still earned the number one spot on the podium. Brunner had defeated Bishop earlier in the day, leaving all three with 4-1 records, and Heuss' three pinfall wins left him with the tiebreaker.

Antigo's Logan Edwards also found himself in a three-way tie at 132 pounds. Edwards opened his tourney with a quick 71-second pin of Tomahawk's Mason Evans. The tide turned against the Robin in round two, with Medford's Carson Church pinning him at 5:28.

Edwards was unfazed and roared back against Brady Schrieber of Rhinelander, scoring a takedown in the first 10 seconds, then a three-point nearfall, and finished the Hodag by fall at 1:28. Edwards then had a bye before using five takedowns and a three-point nearfall to decimate Lakeland's Zane Grams in a 13-2 major decision in the fifth round. The tiebreaking criteria sent Edwards to the silver medal spot.

Neil Bretl snagged a silver for the Robins as well, in the 152 pound division. Bretl used two takedowns and two sets of nearfall to shut out Jerry Goselin of Lakeland by 9-0 major decision. He then deployed a takedown, a trio of escapes, and a three-point nearfall to defeat Cayden Neri of Rhinelander in an 8-4 decision.

Perhaps bored of decision wins, Bretl then put his next two opponents on the mat, pinning Mosinee's Noah Meshak in 88 seconds, then Tomahawk's Tom Rigney at the 2:32 mark. The fifth match was a true title bout, with both Bretl and Medford's Emett Grunwald, ranked number 12 in division two, coming in undefeated on the day.

Grunwald scored first with a takedown. Bretl countered with a reversal. A Grunwald escape gave him a 3-2 lead after one period. The second passed with no score, but a third period escape and takedown gave Grunwald a 6-2 win and put the silver medal around Bretl's neck.

Nick Roller rounded out the Robin silver trio in the 220 pound bracket. Roller ripped through his first three opponents, winning by fall over Lakeland's Landon Saglin at 2:18, over Rhinelander's David Schramke in just eight seconds, and over Tomahawk's Austin Leinen in 51 seconds, with a bye mixed in.

Those victories set up a colossal clash for the gold between seventh-ranked Roller and top-ranked defending state champion Jake Rau of Medford. Rau was able to secure a takedown and ride out to end the first period up 2-0, then kept the momentum with an escape and takedown to start the second. Roller battled back, scoring a reversal to cut Rau's lead to 5-2.

The third period featured plenty of action, but no scoring, and Rau emerged with the hard fought 5-2 victory. Roller claimed the silver, but his performance against the number one ranked Rau also increased the belief that Roller has the mojo to make a deep run at the state tournament.

Jaden Schoeneck worked his way to third place and all-conference honorable mention at 138 pounds. Schoeneck defeated Jose Retana of Lakeland by technical fall and Cole Coppock of Mosinee by pinfall. He came up short against sixth-ranked Dane Higgins of Medford and honorable mention Alex Bishop of Tomahawk, both by decision.

A pair of Robins came home with fourth-place finishes, Seth Beaber at 120 pounds and Sam Hoffman at 126 pounds. Beaber's highlight was a win by fall over Blake Schilling of Medford. Hoffman collected two major decision victories, over Lakeland's Logan Strasburg and Rhinelander's Cole Lehman.

Robby Hagerty won two matches for Antigo at 145 pounds, beating Micah Arnott of Tomahawk in a 15-1 major decision and Jordan Sparling of Rhinelander with a pinfall at 2:25. Hagerty finished fifth.

Talik Bussey and Gideon Sass also competed for Antigo.

The Red Robin grapplers now have a week to prepare for the WIAA division two regional meet, scheduled for Saturday in Oconto Falls.
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Heuss wins gold at GNC meet, Edwards, Bretl, Roller silvers
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The Antigo varsity wrestling team traveled to Medford on Saturday for the Great Northern Conference Tournament and sent six of its 10 competitors to a top three finish and all-conference status.

Junior Josh Heuss was the top Robin wrestler on the day, earning his way to first place in the 160 pound bracket. Heuss began with three dominating victories. His first victim was Lakeland's Nick Rybicki. Heuss secured a takedown one minute into the match, then won via pinfall at 1:48.

Heuss dispatched Joe Fugle of Rhinelander even more quickly, with a takedown at 30 seconds and the pinfall win at 1:06. Following a third round bye, Heuss met his first challenge in Medford's Jake Brunner. After a scoreless first period, Heuss was able to lock up a cradle and win via pinfall at 3:39.

The fifth and final round would prove one of the most exciting of the tourney, as Heuss took on Logan Bishop of Tomahawk. Bishop secured the first takedown, but Heuss managed a quick escape, then with a takedown of his own grabbed a 3-2 first period lead. In the second, Bishop scored an escape and takedown, but Heuss fired right back with his own escape and takedown, and the Robin led 6-5 ofter two periods.

The third period remained close throughout. With only 28 seconds on the clock, Bishop scored a takedown to tie the match. Heuss nearly pulled out the win at the buzzer, but he broke free with an escape mere moments too late and the match went to overtime.

In the extra session, the two exchanged shots and takedown attempts before Bishop was able to secure a takedown with seven seconds remaining, earning a 9-7 sudden victory. Despite the loss, Heuss still earned the number one spot on the podium. Brunner had defeated Bishop earlier in the day, leaving all three with 4-1 records, and Heuss' three pinfall wins left him with the tiebreaker.

Antigo's Logan Edwards also found himself in a three-way tie at 132 pounds. Edwards opened his tourney with a quick 71-second pin of Tomahawk's Mason Evans. The tide turned against the Robin in round two, with Medford's Carson Church pinning him at 5:28.

Edwards was unfazed and roared back against Brady Schrieber of Rhinelander, scoring a takedown in the first 10 seconds, then a three-point nearfall, and finished the Hodag by fall at 1:28. Edwards then had a bye before using five takedowns and a three-point nearfall to decimate Lakeland's Zane Grams in a 13-2 major decision in the fifth round. The tiebreaking criteria sent Edwards to the silver medal spot.

Neil Bretl snagged a silver for the Robins as well, in the 152 pound division. Bretl used two takedowns and two sets of nearfall to shut out Jerry Goselin of Lakeland by 9-0 major decision. He then deployed a takedown, a trio of escapes, and a three-point nearfall to defeat Cayden Neri of Rhinelander in an 8-4 decision.

Perhaps bored of decision wins, Bretl then put his next two opponents on the mat, pinning Mosinee's Noah Meshak in 88 seconds, then Tomahawk's Tom Rigney at the 2:32 mark. The fifth match was a true title bout, with both Bretl and Medford's Emett Grunwald, ranked number 12 in division two, coming in undefeated on the day.

Grunwald scored first with a takedown. Bretl countered with a reversal. A Grunwald escape gave him a 3-2 lead after one period. The second passed with no score, but a third period escape and takedown gave Grunwald a 6-2 win and put the silver medal around Bretl's neck.

Nick Roller rounded out the Robin silver trio in the 220 pound bracket. Roller ripped through his first three opponents, winning by fall over Lakeland's Landon Saglin at 2:18, over Rhinelander's David Schramke in just eight seconds, and over Tomahawk's Austin Leinen in 51 seconds, with a bye mixed in.

Those victories set up a colossal clash for the gold between seventh-ranked Roller and top-ranked defending state champion Jake Rau of Medford. Rau was able to secure a takedown and ride out to end the first period up 2-0, then kept the momentum with an escape and takedown to start the second. Roller battled back, scoring a reversal to cut Rau's lead to 5-2.

The third period featured plenty of action, but no scoring, and Rau emerged with the hard fought 5-2 victory. Roller claimed the silver, but his performance against the number one ranked Rau also increased the belief that Roller has the mojo to make a deep run at the state tournament.

Jaden Schoeneck worked his way to third place and all-conference honorable mention at 138 pounds. Schoeneck defeated Jose Retana of Lakeland by technical fall and Cole Coppock of Mosinee by pinfall. He came up short against sixth-ranked Dane Higgins of Medford and honorable mention Alex Bishop of Tomahawk, both by decision.

A pair of Robins came home with fourth-place finishes, Seth Beaber at 120 pounds and Sam Hoffman at 126 pounds. Beaber's highlight was a win by fall over Blake Schilling of Medford. Hoffman collected two major decision victories, over Lakeland's Logan Strasburg and Rhinelander's Cole Lehman.

Robby Hagerty won two matches for Antigo at 145 pounds, beating Micah Arnott of Tomahawk in a 15-1 major decision and Jordan Sparling of Rhinelander with a pinfall at 2:25. Hagerty finished fifth.

Talik Bussey and Gideon Sass also competed for Antigo.

The Red Robin grapplers now have a week to prepare for the WIAA division two regional meet, scheduled for Saturday in Oconto Falls.
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