RIVER FALLS — Led by a fifth place finish by Brady Simonson, the Colfax-Bloomer wrestling team placed ninth of 15 teams in Division 1at the Northern Badger Classic tournament held in River Falls Dec. 29-30.
Simonson scored 26 team points in the 126 pound class, winning his first two matches by pins before losing the third via a pin. He came back to win by a 2-0 decision over Boyceville’s Brock Swenson, then won over Spooner’s Isaiah Skidmore 8-1, then won the fifth place match by a slim 1-0 margin over Jacob DeMeyer of Rhinelander.
Cole Anderson-Olson placed eighth at 170 pounds, adding 19 team points. He won his first match by a 9-2 decision but lost his second one by a pin. Anderson-Olson fought back to win the next three matches, two by pins and another with a 6-2 decision, then lost 5-0 to Spencer wrestler Zach Schneider. He lost the seventh place match via a fall to Logan Vantassel of Sparta in 1:14.
Brady Hetke also placed eighth, scoring 18 team points at 182 pounds. After losing his first match, Hetke won four straight before dropping the last two including the seventh place match by a fall to Kolten Schneider of Durand.
Scoring team points but not placing were Justin Wachtendonk at 113 pounds (4 points), Jacob Malinowski at 120 pounds (3 points), Jarrod Kressin at 138 pounds (5 points), Jon Hayton at 152 pounds (4 points), Zack Arvold at 160 pounds (3 points) and Brady Chance at 285 pounds (5 points). Collin Bungartz wrestled at 145 pounds but did not score any team points with a pair of losses.