Competing in their only home meet held in Colfax this season, the Colfax-Bloomer wrestling team dropped a 45-25 match against Superior Jan. 27 as C-B grappler Brady Simonson won his 100th career match with a pin. Two days later, the team traveled to Barron and saw pretty much the same result, losing 46-26 to Barron.
Starting with the 145 pound match, C-B’s Collin Bungartz was tied at 3-3 with his Superior opponent after two periods but lost 5-3 on a takedown with 10 seconds left to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead. Jon Hayton was up 2-0 in the 152 pound match but found himself getting flipped over and lost by a pin at 1:55, putting the C-B squad down 9-0. C-B put their first team points up when Zack Arvold, the 160 pounder scored points early and often before earning a 12-2 major decision, closing the gap to 9-4.
Teagan Olson lost at 170 pounds via a pin in 1:25 but C-B’s 182 pounder Brady Hetke, after leading 7-1, put his opponent’s shoulders to the mat at 1:07 to make it 15-10. Eric Wachtendonk found himself on his back in the 220 pound match, resulting in a pin at 3:21 and after C-B forfeited the 285 and 106 matches, they were in the hole 33-10. Jacob Malinowski, wrestling at 113 pounds picked up a pin at 3:34 for B-C but Justin Wachtendonk at 120 pounds and Ike Kramschuster at 126 pounds both were pinned in the first period, leaving C-B down 45-16. Simonson came to the mat for the 132 pound match and dominated his opponent from the start. He was up 17-5 against Mike Berka before putting the hammer down and pinning him at 2:53 in the second period. Simonson, a junior, has a record of 100-14 for his two and a half years with the program.
Jarrod Kressin added the final points for C-B with a 10-3 win in the 138 pound match.
“We are very proud of Brady and we are confident he will have many more wins,” C-B coach Jim Poirier said. “Our whole team has come a long way since early in the season but we have had some significant injuries that have been a problem for us. We are right in the middle of the conference standings and with two matches left plus the conference tournament, we hope to finish strong. Our goal is to get several wrestlers through regionals and into sectionals and hopefully, to state. The kids work hard and set their goals high,” he added.
Winning their matches for C-B were Simonson with a fall at 2:56, Bungartz with a major decision 12-0, Arvold with a 10-1 major decision, Hetke with a fall at 2:20 and Eric Wachtendonk with a fall at 0:43. C-B forfeited three matches for the night.