At 182 pounds, Ben Hintze defeated Mitch Mallek of SPASH in overtime 3-1, at the Division I wrestling regional in Merrill on Saturday. Mallek, left, reacts as Hintze gets a takedown in overtime to win the championship match.
Nick Diny earned some redemption and kept his season going in the right direction.
The Wausau East senior, who finished third at the Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament last weekend, rebounded Saturday to win the 120-pound weight class in at the WIAA Division 1 Merrill Regional.
Wausau West, meanwhile, won the team battle with Valley rival Merrill by racking up 257 points, 37 better than the runner-up Bluejays. The Warriors will host Menomonie on Tuesday in the team sectional for a berth in the state team tournament to be held March 1-2 at the UW-Fieldhouse in Madison. ...