By Kelsie Hoitomt
RIVER FALLS – Tournament time officially kicked off last weekend as the Big Rivers/Dunn St. Croix Conference wrestling was held Saturday, February 8 at the River Falls High School.
The Boyceville Bulldogs finished fourth overall and second in the D-SC. The Glenwood City Hilltoppers were seventh overall and third in the conference.
Spring Valley/Elmwood took the conference title out of the five total teams and Menomonie was the Big Rivers and overall winning team.
The Bulldogs had one champion on the day, Micah Johnson, their 138 pounder. He received a bye in the first round and then won by a tech fall over C.J. Steiner of Hudson. In the semifinal round he won by a fall in 2:48 over Chase Schmidt of Rice Lake.
After that he was sent to the finals where he faced off against Zack Radkey-Pechacek of River Falls. The match ended in a decision of 8-4 in favor of Johnson.
106 pounder, Austin Wolfe, came close to being crowned champion, but he settled for second place after losing to A.J. Kammeyer of Chippewa Falls by a 6-1 decision.
His journey to the finals began with a pin over Skylar Watton of Eau Claire North in 1:38. Then in the semifinal round he tech falled Joey Ford of Menomonie.
Two wrestlers placed third for the team, James Palmer at 113 and Bryor Hellmann at 160.
Palmer received a bye the first round and then won by a fall in 2:50 over Jacob Nyhagen of St. Croix Central.
In the semifinals he faced off against Dylan Kadlec of Menomonie and was stuck to the mat late in the match. This brought him to the third place match where he beat Tyler Deacon of E.C North by a decision of 4-0.
As for Hellmann, he started with a bye as well. Then he beat Hogan Chouinard in the quarterfinals after pinning him in 1:22.
He then had to take on Trent Miller of Spring Valley/Elmwood and that match ended in Miller’s favor by a tough decision of 16-12.
Hellmann beat Cal Johnson of Hudson in the third place match by a decision of 9-6.
Placing fifth for the Bulldogs was Sawyer Swenson at 120, James Lindo at 132 and Wyatt Hansen at 145.
Swenson lost to Matt Koski of Hudson in the quarterfinals on a 12-5 decision, which brought him into the consolation round where he received a bye. In the consolation semis he pinned Drew Melecek of SCC in 1:30.
That win brought him into the fifth place match where he beat Brett Larson of Mondovi by a 5-2 decision.
Lindo’s day was the same with a bye the first round. Then he was beat by Logan Newton of SV/EM by a major decision of 18-9. His first consolation match was a bye and then he beat Michael Cudd of River Falls by a fall in 3:43.
This then sent him to the fifth place match as well where he won by a decision of 10-4 over Sam Rieder of Chippewa Falls.
Hansen started off the day with a win in the first round over Cody Stolt of E.C North by a major decision of 15-4. In the quarterfinals, Zach Newton of SV/EM was victorious by a decision of 6-4.
Hansen then received a bye in the first consolation round and then he was matched up against the Hilltopper’s Jake Carlson and he won by a decision of 8-1. That win brought him to his fifth place match where he beat Logan Hile of Rice Lake by a 6-0 decision.
In sixth place for the team was Tyler Stoo at 126 and Logan McAbee-Thomas at 170.
Stroo started the day off with a bye and then was beat by the Hilltopper’s Marcus Ullom by a 6-3 decision.
He then beat Josh Schneider of E.C North in the second consolation round by a fall in 3:41. In the semifinals he won by a fall again over Logan Peterson of River Falls in 2:08.
His final match of the day was a loss to Tim Feia of Hudson who won by a decision of 10-6.
McAbee-Thomas beat Marcus Miller of E.C Memorial by a fall in 1:29 in the first round. He was then sent to wrestle Matt Schroeder of E.C North, which ended in a loss by a fall.
In the consolation, he beat Brandon Bursaw of Mondovi by a first period fall in 59 seconds. He again won by a pin over Justin Martell of Chippewa Falls, this time in 54 seconds.
His final match was against Kyle Larson of SCC, which ended in a loss by a fall.
Taking a final spot on the podium for the Bulldogs was Jon Harnisch at 152 pounds. He placed seventh after losing to Trent Smith of SCC by a decision of 5-0.
He then pinned Weston Larson of Mondovi in 2:05, but turned around and lost to Nic Johnson of Hudson but a short decision of 2-1.
The loss brought him to the seventh place match where he beat Dylan Roberts of Rice Lake by a decision of 6-3.
Also wrestling for the Bulldogs, but not placing was Alex Lovett at 182, Clayton Windsor at 195, Jake Lake at 220 and Jake Erickson at 285. They each lost their first match, won the second and lost in the second consolation round.
As for the Hilltoppers, it was heavyweight wrestler, Brennan Kessler who placed highest on the podium with a third place finish.
Kessler received a bye the first round and then pinned Andrew Whelan of E.C Memorial in 1:13 in the quarterfinal. It was then in the semifinals that he lost to Mathias Tobin of Hudson by a major decision of 13-5.
That loss bumped him into the third place match where he beat fellow conference wrestler, D. J. Wheeler by a fall in 2:49.
In fourth place was Marcus Ullom at 126. He beat Tyler Stroo in the quarterfinal match by the 6-3 decision and then went on to get pinned by Tyler Berg of SV/EM in the semis.
In the third place match he went up against Jake Larson of Mondovi and lost by a fall in1:35.
It was a similar story with Jeff Kopacz at 195. He placed fourth as well after beating Randy Zais of E.C North by a 1-0 decision in the quarterfinals.
He then lost to Max Gierke of Hudson by a tech fall in the semis, which sent him into the third place match. There he lost to Parker Levine of Chippewa Falls by an 8-2 decision.
The only wrestler in fifth place was Donovan Fornal at 220. Fornal received a bye and then was beat by D.J Oas of Menomonie in the quarterfinals by a fall in 2:55.
He was sent to the consolation round where he beat Austen Hakes of River Falls by a fall in 1:54. The win brought him to the second round where he again won by a fall, this time over Mike Roesler of SV/EM in 1:51.
The consolation round victories brought him to the fifth place match where he got his third straight pin when he beat Decker Grass of SCC.
Finishing in sixth place was Hunter Chouinard at 152, Hogan Chouinard at 160 and Blayze Wood at 182.
Hunter lost his first match by a fall in 5:18 to Nic Johnson of Hudson. He then wrestled Tracy Jensen of E.C Memorial in the consolation and won by a major decision of 8-0.
Following that was the consolation semifinals where he beat Dylan Roberts of Rice Lake by a 12-5 decision. He placed sixth after wrestling Johnson a final time and losing again by a decision of 9-5.
As for Hogan, he started the day off with a win over Keenan Yudes of E.C North after pinning him in 5:23.
In the quarterfinal round he lost to Hellmann by a pin, which sent him into the consolation round where he beat Eman Peterson of SCC by a decision of 5-3.
In the semifinals he was set to face off against Lucas Gont of Chippewa Falls, but received a forfeit instead. He then went into the fifth place match and lost to Tyler Fleming of Rice Lake by a 6-0 decision.
Wood started his day off with a win over Lovett by a decision of 9-6. He then lost to Brian Gibb of SCC 6-0. In the consolation he received a bye and then beat Chris Craft of SV/EM 6-4.
He finished in sixth place after Corwin Deetz of Rice Lake beat him in overtime, 3-1.
Finishing out on the podium in seventh place for the Toppers was Damian Hoitomt at 132 and Jake Carlson at 145.
Hoitomt lost to Yuri Bronson of Hudson in the quarterfinals by a fall in 3:54. In the consolation semifinals, Sam Rieder of Chippewa Falls won by a fall in 4:46, which brought Hoitomt to the seventh place match where he pinned Michael Cudd of River Falls.
As for Carlson, he pinned Ryan Malm of River Falls in the first round, but was pinned by Ryan Gulich of SCC in the quarterfinals.
His first consolation match was a win over Wyatt Olson of Mondovi by a fall in 28 seconds. The consolation semifinals was lost to Hansen, which brought up the seventh place match where he pinned Jacob Runge of Chippewa Falls in 42 seconds.
Next on the schedule for both teams will be the Regional Tournament, which will take place at the Spring Valley High School at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 15.