At an invitational at Stevens Point on Jan. 16, the Hamilton wrestling team finished eighth place. Two days earlier, the Chargers defeated West Allis Hale in a dual meet, 30-12.

Ryan Merkel stayed undefeated by going 5-0 on the day at Stevens Point. Dustin Griepentrog, Jake Macaluso, and Dylan Klemstein were 4-1.

Against Hale, Merkel got a big decision win over Peyton Mocco, who finished fourth at 113 pounds last season at the state tournament. At the beginning of the match, Merkel gave up a takedown, which was the first he's given up all year.

'Then (Merkel) started pounding on him and took him down three times,' HHS coach Doug Pulvermacher said. 'It was a really good match for Ryan to see a top-level kid in the state and go in there and handle him.'

Merkel is 27-0 this season.