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The Lakeland Muskies took 23rd out of 30 teams this weekend at the Pete Wilson Invite in Wheaton, Ill. Junior Mark Vanden Hoogen was the first Muskie in three years to place at the event, when he took seventh in the 285 weight division.
Vanden Hoogen opened the tournament as the #8 seed in the 285 division. The junior defeated the #5 seed, Jaran Rutledge of Knox College by a 1-0 decision. In the next round Vanden Hoogen pinned Ethan Bucarey of Messiah 1:04 into the match. The Green Bay native fell to the #1 seed, Ryan Allen of UW-LaCrosse 14-3 in the semi-final round. Vanden Hoogen than dropped to the losers bracket where he defeated Matt Craig of Truman State 15-5, before falling in a rematch to Rutledge by a pin at 5:58. In the seventh place match Vanden Hoogen defeated Tom Nero from the University of Chicago 11-7.
Also wrestling for Lakeland was freshman David Copp (125), junior Noe De Leon (133), freshman Kory Thiel (141), freshman Jonas Flok (157), freshman Cody Klopp (165), senior Tim Vallier (174) and senior Lee Sparks (197).
The Muskies will wrestle in the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament on February, 10 in Concordia at 4 p.m.