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Bloomer-Colfax wrestlers earn conference win over Hayward

COLFAX — By virtue of a few pins and some forfeits by the Hayward team, the Bloomer-Colfax co-op wrestling team evened their conference record to 2-2 with a 51-24 win over the Hurricanes in a match held in the Colfax gym Jan. 9. A little history was made as it was the first conference win for the team in the Colfax gym since the co-op started.

Starting with the 182 pound match, B-Cs Brady Hetke was pinned in the first period, giving the Hurricanes a 6-0 lead. Matt Shaw, wrestling at 195 for B-C was up 2-1 after the first period but ended up on his back and was also pinned to increase the Hayward lead to 12-0. Stephan Snyder received a forfeit at 220 to put B-C on the board, down 12-6 and Brennan Arbuckle knotted things up when he put his Hurricane opponent to the mat at 1:35. Hayward had to forfeit at 105 and 113 and Jacob Malinowski, after falling behind 7-2 after the first period and 7-4 in the second turned his opponent over and won by a pin to give B-C a 30-12 lead.

Hayward forfeited the 126 and 132 pound matches and B-C’s 138 pounder Collin Bungartz lost by a pin but they maintained a big lead at 42-18. After a scoreless first period, B-Cs Jon Hayton went up 3-1 after the second at 145 pounds and scored on a takedown with 35 seconds left to win 5-3. Trevor Newton dropped his match at 152 pounds by a score of 7-3 but Dan Thorgerson, wrestling for the first time this year, pinned his opponent in the second period for a 51-21 lead. In the most exciting match of the night, Cole Anderson-Olson, wrestling at 170, was down 2-0 before pulling ahead 3-2 with an escape and a takedown. The score was 3-3 after a period and he fell behind 6-4 after the second but scored on another takedown to make it 6-6. He let his opponent escape however, and was down by a point before moving back ahead on another takedown but the Hurricane wrestler escaped again with 15 seconds left and the match went into overtime. Anderson-Olson ended up losing 10-8 when he was taken down 36 seconds into the overtime but BC had the team win in hand.

“We have taken our lumps this season but we wrestled some good competition in tournaments,” BC coach Jim Poirier said before the match. “We are filling most of the weights but we have a lot of young and inexperienced kids. We are getting better as a team as the season goes on, though.”