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Bulldog wrestlers bury Buffaloes

BOYCEVILLE — In a dual of ailing squads, Boyceville dominated its conference match against Mondovi here last Thursday.

While Boyceville was without four of its starters for the January 22 home dual,  Mondovi was missing nearly a half dozen of its front line grapplers for various reasons including illness and injury.

The Bulldogs were prepared for it as they have had to contend with missing wrestlers all year. But the Buffaloes, evidently, were not.

Boyceville crushed Mondovi 73-6, behind some fine performances from its backups, as it won all but one of the 14 matches.

The Bulldogs lone setback came at 106 pounds where they had to forfeit to the Buffaloes because freshman Dyllon Johnson was out with the flu. Otherwise it may have been a shut out for the homestanding Bulldogs.

As it was, Boyceville registered seven pins, received four forfeits, and had one major and another regular decision in its 13-win effort.

The win was Boyceville’s first conference victory of the season and evens its D-SC mark at 1-1.

Freshman Garrett Joles kicked off the rout at 170 pounds with a pin. Joles downed Jake West in just 1:34 to give Boyceville a quick six team points.

Logan McAbee-Thomas received a forfeit at 182 pounds to double the Bulldogs lead.

The Bulldogs would get their third straight win in as many matches as Noah Novotney edged Bryce Johnson 3-2 at 195 pounds.

The Bulldogs continued to roll in the upper weights.

Jake Lake pinned Mondovi’s Devon Yarrington in 2:26 of the 220 pound match while Brandon Windsor followed with a forfeit at heavyweight.

The Buffaloes would pick up their lone win in the following match as 106-pounder Autumn Washok stepped on the mat to accept the forfeit.

Boyceville got back on the winning track as it pocketed wins in the final eight matches of the dual.

Austin Wolfe and Jason Swanepoel received forfeits at 113 and 120 pounds respectively.

The Bulldogs recorded five straight pins to take a 69-6  lead. James Palmer (126), Brock Swenson (132), Cody Frederick (138), Dylan Lamm (145 and Dustin Malean (152) registered pins in that span.

Cody Frederick rallied from a 5-2, third-period deficit, and stuck his opponent with just two ticks left on the clock.

The Bulldogs’ Jordan Morse capped the dual with a dominating 16-3 major decision over Ben Andress at 160 pounds to make the final 73-6.

Boyceville wrestled the dual without Dyllon Johnson, Tyler Stroo,  Alex Lovett, and Micah Johnson, who is expected to return within the next week or two from a back injury. Mondovi was missing Lee Becker (160), Tristan Lobe (285), Nick Pelke (113), Austin Fedie (120), and Trevor Giedd (138).

Boyceville, who also participated in the St. Croix Falls Invitational last Saturday (see story elsewhere in this issue), will wrap its regular season schedule with a pair of conference duals. The seventh-ranked Bulldogs will host rival Glenwood City this Thursday, January 29 before finishing at St. Croix Central next Tuesday, February 3.

The Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix conference meet will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 at River Falls High School.