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Bloomer-Colfax grapplers drop close meet to Ladysmith, compete at Wisconsin Rapids

LADYSMITH — Although they won more matches then their opponents, the Bloomer-Colfax wrestling co-op ended up losing their dual meet at Ladysmith 42-34 Dec. 19. B-C won seven matches with four coming via pins but the Lumberjacks won all six of their matches through pins, giving them more team points.

B-C was down 18-0 after Jon Hayton (152), Cole Anderson-Olson (160) and Brady Hedtke (170) all lost by pins. Matt Shaw (182) started a comeback for B-C with a pin at 1:19 and Tommy Johnson (195) won by a decision 5-2 to get the score to 18-9. Stephan Snyder (220) lost by pin as did Ryan Ratcliff (285) and B-C was down 30-9.

Moving into the lighter weights which seems to be the strength of the team so far, Justin Wachtendonk (106) won by a major decision 12-2, Tucker Hovde (113) won by a pin at 2:26, Jacob Malinowski (120) won by a pin in 1:29 and Brady Simonson (126) also put his opponent to the mat just one minute into his match putting B-C up 31-30.

B-C’s David Blanchard (132) was on the losing end of a pin putting Ladysmith back up 36-31 before Collin Bungartz (138) snuck out a 9-8 decision to get B-C closer, down 36-34. But Trevor Newton (145) lost the final match by getting pinned resulting in the team’s eight point loss.

Wisconsin Rapids

B-C may have been in a little over their heads when they traveled to Wisconsin Rapids for a whole day of competition Dec. 21 as they wrestled in four dual meets against some pretty strong teams and lost all four of them. Their closest match of the day was a 42-30 loss to Greendale with Anderson-Olson, Eric Wachtendonk, Brennen Arbuckle and Hovde all winning by forfeits while Simonson won by a pin. Arbuckle and Simonson came up with pins for the team in a 72-12 loss to Wisconsin Rapids, but in an 83-0 loss to Pewaukee, 10 of the losses came by pins, and in the 84-0 drubbing by Freedom, all the losses came by pins or forfeits.

The team competes at the Northern Badger tournament in River Falls Dec. 27-28 then resumes conference action against Hayward Jan. 9.