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Boyceville dominates, wins three duals

It was a good week for the fifth-ranked Boyceville wrestlers.

The Bulldogs dominated their competition last week as they picked up three dual meet victories on the road including its first Dunn-St. Croix conference win.

 After a two-week hiatus from conference competition due to an inclement weather postponement, Boyceville made the long trek to Mondovi last Thursday, January 30 and secured its first Dunn-St. Croix Conference dual win with a convincing 47-26 triumph over the Buffaloes. Two days later, the Bulldogs added another pair of wins with victories over Elgin, IL and Rice Lake at a Saturday triangular meet in Rice Lake.

Boyceville’s wrestling slate will be full again this week as it has a pair of conference dual matches to wrap up the regular season before beginning the tournament season this Saturday at River Falls High School for the Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Challenge. The Bulldogs traveled to rival Glenwood City on Tuesday and will host St. Croix Central Thursday evening, Feb. 6 in a make-up of the January 23 dual that was postponed due to subzero temperatures. Saturday’s conference meet will begin at 10 a.m.

Quick starts were the key to the Bulldogs’ victory march in all three dual matches.

In Mondovi, Boyceville took a 22-0 lead as it opened with four straight wins including three matches by pin falls.

John Harnisch stuck Mondovi’s Weston Larson late in the third period of the 160 pound match to give the Bulldogs the opening win of the dual.

Bryor Hellmann and Alex Lovett scored second-period pins at 170 and 196 respectively while Logan McAbee-Thomas won a major decision over Neil Matchey at 182 pounds to put Boyceville ahead 22-0.

The Buffaloes would get on the scoreboard at 220 pounds when Devon Yarrington pinned the Bulldogs’ Jake Erickson in 1:19.

The squads exchanged forfeits in the next two matches with Boyceville’s Brandon Windsor taking the win at 285 and Austin Fedie of Mondovi getting the six points at 106 pounds.

James Palmer, ranked fourth at 113 pounds, scored a hard-fought 6-0 decision over the Buffs Bryan Larson to stake the Bulldogs to a 32-12 lead.

Mondovi, however, would slice their deficit to just six points with wins in the next three matches.

Brett Larson pinned Boyceville’s Brock Swenson at 120. Then Jake Larson took a 5-2 decision over Tyler Stroo. Trevor Giedd of Mondovi then secured a 17-2 technical decision over James Lindo to pull the Buffaloes to 32-26.

But Boyceville would respond with three straight wins to close out the dual and match for a 47-26 win.

Dylan Lamm won a 4-0 decision at 138, third-ranked Micah Johnson moved up a weight class to take the forfeit at 145 pounds, and senior Wyatt Hansen closed out the dual with a 1:02 pin of Mondovi’s Wyatt Olson at 152 pounds.

Boyceville 47, Mondovi 26: 160-Jon Harnisch (B) pinned Weston Larson (M), 5:21; 170-Bryor Hellmann (B) pinned Ben Andress (M) 3:16; 182-Logan McAbee-Thomas (B) majored Neil Matchey (M), 9-1; 195-Alex Lovett (B) pinned Cody Nygaard (M), 2:45; 220-Devon Yarrington (M) pinned Jake Erickson (B), 1:19; 285-Brandon Windsor (B) received a forfeit; 106-Austin Fedie (M) received a forfeit; 113-James Palmer (B) dec. Bryan Larson (M), 6-0; 120-Brett Larson (M) pinned Brock Swenson (B), 5:31; 132-Trevor Giedd (M) technical fall over James Lindo (B), 17-2; 138-Dylan Lamm (B) dec. Garrett Kees (M), 4-0; 145-Micah Johnson (B) received a forfeit; 152-Wyatt Hansen (B) pinned Wyatt Olson (M), 1:02

Rice Lake Triangular

After foregoing scheduled duals against Cadott and Ladysmith due to bad weather cancellations, Boyceville entered a triangular meet in Rice Lake on Saturday, February 1 to replace those two missed duals.

And once again, the Bulldogs were the early aggressors.

Boyceville used seven pins, including three to open the dual, to subdue and defeat Elgin, Illinois 61-28.

Austin Wolfe and James Palmer spotted the Bulldogs to a 12-0 lead with first-period pins at 106 and 113 pounds respectively.

Elgin returned the favor at 120 as Estaban Elyva scored a second-period pin on the Bulldogs’ Brock Swenson.

Tyler Stroo eked out a 5-4 win at 126 pounds for the Bulldogs but the Elgin squad answered with Nathan Romero’s 18-8 major decision over James Lindo at 132.

But Boyceville would win the next four matches and six of seven to salt away the win.

Micah Johnson (13), Jon Harnisch (152), and Bryor Hellmann (160) won by fall and Wyatt Hansen received a forfeit at 145 pounds to push the Boyceville lead to 49-10.

Tyler Draeger, who was filling in for an absent Logan McAbee-Thomas (who was performing in the Dunn-St. Croix All-Conference Band Concert), lost by pin at 170. But the Bulldogs’ rebound for wins at 182 and 195. Alex Lovett won by a pin at the former weight and Brett Boda received a forfeit in the latter weight to boost the Bulldogs’ lead to 61-16.

Elgin gain wins in the final two matches with a pin at 220 pounds and a forfeit at heavyweight to make the final 61-28.

Boyceville 61, Elgin, IL 28: 106-Austin Wolfe (B) pinned Angel Ocampo (E), 0:45; 113-James Palmer (B) pinned Estaban Elyva (E), 1:52; 120-Zach McCullough (E) pinned Brock Swenson (B), 2:48; 126-Tyler Stroo (B) dec. Scott Balena (E), 5-4; 132-Nathan Romero (E) majored James Lindo (B), 18-8; 138-Micah Johnson (B) pinned Ariel Torres (E),0:47; 145-Wyatt Hansen (B) received a forfeit; 152-Jon Harnisch (B) pinned Thomas Clark (E), 5:40; 160-Bryor Hellmann (B) pinned Devon Syavong (E), 1:16; 170-Matt Gedritius (E) pinned Tyler Draeger (B), 1:55; 182-Alex Lovett (B) pinned Abraham Orduno (E), 3:35; 195-Brett Boda (B) received a forfeit; 220-Abel Barraza (E) pinned Clayton Windsor (B), 4:20; 285-Ariel Barraza (E) received an injury forfeit

Boyceville capped the triangular with a lopsided win over host Rice Lake.

Winning 11 of the 14 matches, including six by pin, the Bulldogs easily out pointed the Warriors 58-18.

All three of Rice Lake’s wins came via fall with victories at 120, 182, and 220 pounds.

Boyceville would enjoy yet another great start as they won none of the dual’s first ten matches.

Austin Wolfe and James Palmer won a 10-3  and 10-0 decisions respectively at 106 and 113 pounds.

After Cole Paulson’s pin of Bulldog Brock Swenson at 120 pounds, Boyceville reeled off another seven straight wins. Tyler Stroo (126), Micah Johnson (138), Wyatt Hansen (145), and Tyler Draeger (170) each scored pins while James Lindo received a forfeit at 132 and Jon Harnisch (152) and Bryor Hellmann (160) each won 9-2 decisions.

The Warriors picked up their final points on pins at 182 and 220 but Boyceville matched that with pins by Brett Boda at 195 and Brandon Windsor at 285 pounds.

Boyceville 58, Rice Lake 18: 106-Austin Wolfe (B) dec. Brohde Aspse (RL), 10-3; 113-James Palmer (B) majored Luke Schrebler (RL), 10-0; 120-Cole Paulson (RL) pinned Brock Swenson (B), 0:58; 126-Tyler Stroo (B) pinned Sam King (RL), 3:47; 132-James Lindo (B) received a forfeit; 138-Micah Johnson (B) pinned Chase Schmidt (RL), 1:00; 145-Wyatt Hansen (B) pinned Dylan Roberts (RL), 2:48; 152- Jon Harnisch (B) dec. Logan Hile (RL), 9-2; 160-Bryor Hellmann (B) dec. Tyler Fleming (RL), 9-2; 170-Tyler Draeger (B) pinned Alain Dierre (RL), 5:33; 182-Corwin Deetz (RL) pinned Alex Lovett (B), 3:12; 195-Brett Boda (B) pinned Sam Hovde (RL), 4:26; 220-Jake Roberts (RL) pinned Clayton Windsor (B), 0:51; 285-Brandon Windsor (B) pinned Hunter Harris (RL), 3:17