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Two Tigers to sectional tournament

Two Northwestern High Schools wrestlers will be participating in the sectional tournament after both placed second in a Division II regional meet Saturday in Spooner.

Two Northwestern High Schools wrestlers will be participating in the sectional tournament after both placed second in a Division II regional meet Saturday in Spooner.

Bob Tahtinen (130 pounds) lost a close decision to Cody Shaide of Rice Lake in the first-place match and then won a decision over Levi Stephens of Barron to claim a place in the sectional tournament.

"Bob Tahtinen had a good day," NHS coach Bob Coleman said. "He lost in the finals and then had to wrestle in the wrestle back to keep his trip to the sectional alive. He came from behind and won to earn his first trip to the sectional meet."

Also advancing to the sectional tournament is sophomore Ryan Meisbeauer (215).

"Ryan also had a very nice tournament," Coleman said. "He took second, losing to (Cully) Butterfield in the finals. Butterfield is currently ranked fourth in the state."

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The Tigers also had seven wrestlers with third-place finishes, one in fourth place and another in fifth place.

"We did not wrestle very good the second round," Coleman said. "We lost a number of close matches that cost some of our guys going to the sectional meet. In Division II we only take two per weight class. So if you loose the second round you need to hope for a wrestle back."

Meisbeauer and Tahtinen will wrestle in the sectional tournament in Somerset on Saturday. Wrestling begins at 10:30 a.m., and the top three competitors in each weight class advance to the state meet.

Team scores

Barron 216, Rice Lake 189.5, Cumberland 142, Northwestern 129, Spooner 125, Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg, LFG 99, Ashland 94.

Northwestern individual results

103 - Justin Chillman (12-9) placed fifth with five points. Lost 11-7 decision to Johnny Sherwood (C); received a bye; received a bye.

119 - Nate Nelson (33-6) placed third with 11 points. Received a bye; lost 5-3 decision to Justin Eley (L/F/G); won major decision over Isaiah Erickson (C), 13-0; lost by rule to Eley.

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125 - Wes Snow (23-14) placed third with 16 points. Pinned Trygvee Undem (S) in 3:50; was pinned by Louie Van Erp (C) in 1:19; pinned Brandon Manecke in 2:43; lost by rule to Van Erp.

130 - Bob Tahtinen (20-16) placed second with 18 points. Received a bye; won by decision over Ray Hatzenbeller (C), 7-6; lost 10-4 decision to Cody Shaide (RL); won 9-6 decision over Levi Stephens (B).

135 - Dave Snow (27-13) placed third with 10 points. Received a bye; lost by decision to Derek Riebe (B), 5-2; won by decision over John Michel (A), 11-6; lost by rule to Riebe.

145 - William Pedersen placed third and scored 12 points. Received a bye; was pinned by Tim Miller (RL) in 1:58; won by injury default; was pinned by Cody Capra (C) in 5:59.

152 - Nate Yadon (6-19) was pinned by Alex Jerom (B) in 1:06; pinned by Dylan Gaffney (LFG), in 2:58.

160 - Mac Hogfeldt (13-17) placed fourth with nine points. Won by decision over Alex Smith ( LFG), 7-1; pinned by John Schaffer (RL) in :22; lost by decision to Jake Sinclair (B), 5-4.

171 - Matt Richards (18-20) placed third with 12 points. Received a bye; lost by decision to Chris Gates (B), 8-1; pinned Chris Smith (S) in 1:49; lost by rule to Gates.

215 - Ryan Miesbauer (17-10) placed second with 20 points. Received a bye; pinned Chris Balko (C) in :57; was pinned by Cully Butterfield (S) in 1:09; won by rule over Balko.

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285 - Travis Kauther (13-18) placed third with 16 points. Pinned Scott Olson (S) in :46; was pinned by Mike Beck (RL) in 3:56; pinned Tony McCallie (B) in 1:30; and lost by rule to Beck.

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