Editor’s Note: Results of the Osceola Duals wrestling invitational were not made available until after the December 24 issue of the Tribune Press Reporter went to press last Monday.
OSCEOLA — Despite wrestling without three of its front line varsity members (Micah Johnson, Garrett Joles and Jake Lake), Boyceville was still able to put on a showcase as it dominated the Osceola Duals Invitational Saturday, December 20.
The Bulldogs, still ranked fourth in the most recent Wisconsin Wrestling Online and Crossface Division 3 state polls, won a phenomenal 53 of the 70 matches it wrestled here en route to posting a perfect 5-0 mark for the championship.
Boyceville opened with a 71-12 win over Barron and followed it with a 54-25 victory against Luck/Grantsburg/Frederic. The Bulldogs won 13 of 14 matches against host Osceola for a 73-4 win in round 3 before taking down River Falls by a count of 46-22 in the fourth round. Boyceville squared off against conference foe St. Croix Central in the championship round (fifth) and prevailed 46-22 for the second straight dual.
“It was one of those days where a lot of things went right,” said Boyceville head coach Jamie Olson.
Olson was particularly pleased with the performances of his young wrestlers, who are quickly acclimating to varsity competition.
“Our young kids are starting to adapt to the varsity level of competition,” Olson said. “They no longer worry about this or that, they just want to wrestle and compete.”
That included freshmen Dyllon Johnson, Cody Frederick, Justin Malean, and Noah Novotney.
Dyllon Johnson and Cody Frederick both went undefeated in Osceola while Malean finished 4-1 and Novotney 3-2.
Johnson scored three pins and a pair of forfeits at 106 pounds. Frederick finished with four falls and a major decision at 138 pounds.
Malean won four matches at 145 pounds with three falls. His only loss came at 152 pounds against Luck/Grantsburg/Frederic.
Noah Novotney had three pins at 195 pounds.
Senior Austin Wolfe and sophomore James Palmer also finished unbeaten on the day.
Wolfe scored a pair of falls and forfeits along with a technical fall to finish 5-0 at 113 pounds.
Palmer was impressive at 126 pounds winning three matches by pins, another on a major decision and one by forfeit.
Olson had high praise for senior Tyler Stroo and junior Jordan Morse, who both finished 4-1.
“Tyler Stroo and Jordan Morse really stood out at Osceola,” stated the coach. “They both competed at a high level and beat some outstanding kids.”
Stroo had three pins at 132 pounds with Morse registering two at 160 pounds.
Two other Bulldog wrestlers also finished 4-1.
Senior Logan McAbee-Thomas scored a trio of pins on his way to a 4-1 mark at 182 pounds and junior Brock Swenson had a pair of pins and forfeit among his four victories at 120 pounds.
Alex Lovett and Brandon Windsor went 3-2 at 170 and 285 pounds respectively, Jacob Erickson posted a 2-3 mark at 220 pounds and Zach Smith finished 1-3 at 152 pounds.
Boyceville had little trouble with Barron in the opening round as the Bulldogs bagged the Golden Bears 71-12.
Dyllon Johnson, Austin Wolfe, James Palmer, Tyler Stroo, Cody Frederick, Justin Malean, Jordan Morse, Alex Lovett, Logan McAbee, Noah Novotney, and Jacob Erickson each scored pins – that’s 11 pins in all to rout Barron.
Boyceville’s other win was a major decision by Brock Swenson at 120 pounds.
In the second round, Boyceville received five forfeits and secured four pins (Stroo, Frederick, Novotney, and Erickson) to down Luck/Grantsburg/Frederic 54-25.
Boyceville won six of the first seven matches of the dual before L/G/F won four consecutive (152 to 182). The Bulldogs closed out the dual with three straight wins.
In its biggest win of the day, Boyceville claimed 13 of the 14 matches to overwhelm host Osceola 73-4.
Boyceville had 10 pins in the dual along with two forfeits. Osceola’s lone victory came in a 10-2 major decision at 220 pounds.
Taking on the Big Cats from River Falls in the fourth round, the Bulldogs tamed the Wildcats 46-22 with five pins (Dyllon Johnson, Swenson, Palmer, Malean, and Lovett), a pair of majors (Frederick and McAbee-Thomas), and a 16-0 technical fall by Austin Wolfe at 113.
Boyceville defeated St. Croix Central by the same score (46-22) in the fifth and final round to claim the championship. Again, Boyceville demonstrated the power of the pin as it registered seven more pins against the Panthers in the championship dual as it won 10 of the 14 matches.
Overall, Boyceville finished the tournament with 37 pins, four majors, a technical fall, and eight forfeits.
“I was very happy with the performance,” concluded Olson. “The entire team wrestled tough and we are going in the right direction.”
Boyceville wrestled in the annual Northern Badger Classic Monday and Tuesday, December 29 and 30. The Bulldogs are then off until Thursday, January 8 when they open conference duals against Spring Valley/Elmwood in Spring Valley.