The Bloomer-Colfax co-op wrestling team evened their conference record in the Heart O’ North at 3-3 after taking the long hike to Superior Jan. 21. The match was scheduled for December 5 but like several athletic events in the state, it was changed due to weather conditions. The wait was worth it however as B-C won eight of the matches against the Spartans for a 41-35 win. They also competed in the Shell Lake Wrestling Challenge Jan. 25 and finished fifth out of eight teams.
The night started off with B-Cs Jon Hayton winning by a pin in the 145 pound match in 1:15, followed by Trevor Newton winning a decision 7-2 at 152 and Cole Anderson-Olson slamming his Spartan opponent with a major decision 8-0 at 170 for a 13-0 lead. A B-C forfeit at 170 pounds and a loss by Lassi Karppi via a pin at 182 gave Superior 12 points but Matt Shaw tacked on four team points with a 11-3 major decision to increase the B-C lead to 17-12. The Spartans took a 24-17 lead on pins over Stephan Snyder at 220 pounds and Brennan Arbuckle at 285 but B-C countered that with Justin Wachtendonk and Tucker Hovde both winning by forfeit at the 106 and 113 spots. The team score was at 29-29 after Jacob Malinowski lost by a technical fall at 120 pounds but Brady Simonson put B-C back up 35-29 with a pin at the 2:10 mark at 126 pounds. The match was knotted again when Jarrod Kressin lost by a pin at 132 pounds and although it wasn’t a very exciting way to end the match, Collin Bungartz won at 138 pounds due to a Superior forfeit, giving B-C the win.
A short handed team competed for B-C as Wachtendonk placed fifth with a record of 3-2 for 18 team points at 106 pounds, Malinowski also had a 3-2 record at 120 for 27 team points in third place, Simonson was also third with 24 team points at 126 with a 4-1 record, winning his first match by a pin, receiving a bye, winning via another pin, losing by a decision then defeating his Spooner opponent with a pin at 1:11.
Newton scored 18 team points with a 3-2 record at 138 pounds, Dan Thorgerson added nine points with a 2-3 record and Brady Chance added 18 points with a 3-2 record.