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Boyceville wrestlers win pair of duals

Just three weeks into the 2012-13 season and the Boyceville Wrestling team has already won ten dual meets in 12 attempts thanks to a pair of victories last week.

Boyceville wrapped up its pre-holiday schedule with a tight 40-36 win at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm on Tuesday, December 18 and followed that with a convincing 49-30 home whipping of the Ladysmith Lumberjacks on Thursday, December 20.

 The Bulldogs will enjoy a weeklong Christmas respite before they hit the mats once again this coming Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29, for the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic at River Falls High School.

Boyceville 49, Ladysmith 30 

It proved to be a pinfest when the Lumberjacks of Ladysmith visited the Dog House on Thursday, December 20. While the two state-ranked squads combined for 10 pins, it was the eighth-ranked Bulldogs that held the upper hand throughout the dual as it recorded six pins, a forfeit, and a pair of key decisions to score a 49-30 thrashing of the honorable mention Lumberjacks.

Boyceville opened the match with five falls and a forfeit to take a commanding 36 to 6 advantage over Ladysmith. Jake Lake scored a pin at 285 pounds to open the flood gates for the Bulldogs. Brock Swenson (113), James Lindo (126), Dylan Lamm (132), and Dominic Olson (138) all won by pin. Austin Wolfe received a forfeit at 106.

Wyatt Hansen (145) and Josh Cormican (160) scored key wins by decisions at their respective weights and Bryor Hellmann added a final fall in his match at 152 to boost the Bulldogs lead to 49-6.

Ladysmith would score pins at 170, 182, and 195 and received a forfeit at 220 pounds to account for the final score.

Boyceville 40, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm 36

Boyceville found itself in another close dual last Tuesday in Chetek but managed to defeat C-W/PF by four points and win the “Battle of the Bulldogs”, 40-36.

The dual meet started at 160 pounds with a match between the Boyceville’s Josh Cormican and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm’s Mitchell Wozniak. Cormican prevailed with a 9-1 major decision.

The wins and lead switched frequently between the teams.

Boyceville’s Logan McAbee-Thomas and Zach Sutliff were pinned by C-W/PF’s Tanner Zwiefelhofer and Andrew Moen respectively as C-W/PF took an early 12-4 lead.

Dylan Windsor then scored a first-period pin against Aaron Gustum only to have C-W/PF advanced it’s adavantage to 24-10 as Jake Lake was pinned and Chetek’s Cole LaLiberty received a forfeit.

Austin Wolfe (106) earned a forfeit and Brock Swenson pinned Anthony Wallace in just over a minute at 113 pounds as Boyceville narrowed its deficit to just two at 24-22.

The squads would then exchange wins in the final six matches.

Tyler Stroo was pinned at 120 but James Lindo pinned Michael Slagel in 41 seconds at 126 to keep the Bulldogs within a pair.

Dylan Lamm and Dominic Olson who may have clinched the team victory despite losses as they each held their opponents to 0-3 and 3-5 decisions. This gave C-W/PF six points which was offset by the forfeit that Boyceville’s Alec Schaffer received at 138.

Boyceville trailed by just two points as it entered the final match of the dual. Bryor Hellmann capped the night of wrestling by pinning Kirk Hart in the second period of the pair’s 152-pound match to give Boyceville a dramatic 40-36 win.