Merrill wrestlers compete in state freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling championships


On May 4 and 5, nine wrestlers from Merrill competed in the Greco-Roman Freestyle Tournament at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells. The acrobatic competition was the first day and Greco-Roman was the second day. Competitors from all over the state came to compete. The age range started at 10U and ended with the junior division which is made up mostly of sophomores, juniors, and senior high school seniors. Boys and girls are also divided into separate divisions.
The six Merrill wrestlers who competed in both styles were; Brett Suchocki, Austin Depies, Ryder Depies, Wyatt Bathke, Tanner Depies and Walker Bathke. Allison Hunter and Tristan Brewington competed in the freestyle and Trevor Schenzel competed in the Greco-Roman.
Five of the nine wrestlers were able to return home with equipment. Ryder and Wyatt would go into both wrestling styles. Ryder took second in Greco-Roman and fourth in freestyle. Wyatt Bathke took sixth place in both styles. Austin (sixth place) and Allison (second place), both classified in freestyle. Walker Bathke finished second in Greco-Roman.
“Overall it was a good performance for the Merrill wrestlers, having three state finalists and so well competing at the state level,” said Merrill varsity wrestling head coach Brian. Suchocki. “It was good to see them compete. Even the wrestlers who did not rank have gained valuable experience. The extra work will always pay off.

Allison Hunter 2nd place in freestyle.


Robert J. King