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Bloomer-Colfax grapplers send four to sectional meet

ELLSWORTH — By placing first or second at the Division 2 Ellsworth regional meet, the Bloomer-Colfax wrestlers will send four competitors to the sectional meet this Saturday in Osceola. The top three from there will move on to the WIAA state meet February 25-27.

Led by a championship from senior Brady Simonson, Zack Arvold, Cole Anderson-Olson and Colin Bungartz also advanced by placing second. Simonson, wrestling at 138 pounds, received a bye the first round then quickly disposed of his Prescott opponent with a fall in 1:10. He then decisioned the Ellsworth wrestler 10-4. This is his third  regional title, having won it as a freshman and a junior.

Arvold competed at 170 pounds and started the day with a 13-4 major decision over a Baldwin-Woodville wrestler, then won 12-7 over the Osseo-Fairchild-Augusta-Fall Creek opponent before losing 11-2 to Ellsworth. He took 2nd overall.

Anderson-Olson started the 182 pound division with a bye then pinned the Baldwin-Woodville wrestler in 3:55. After losing to a tough Ellsworth opponent 19-4, Anderson-Olson won a close 1-0 match in a wrestle back to place second. In the final match, it was 0-0 starting the third period before Anderson-Olson escaped from his opponent early then held on for the win.

“It was a tough bracket and the last match was against a really strong wrestler,” Anderson-Olson said. “My sectional bracket is really stacked too so I will have to wrestle hard to advance.”

Colin Bungartz earned his runner up spot at 152 pounds with a bye, then a pin over Baldwin-Woodville in 1:12. He dropped the next match by a fall to Ellsworth in 3:55 but again came through in a wrestle back with a major decision 14-1 win over Stanley-Boyd-Owen-Withee.

Placing third for B-C, thus ending their season were Ike Kramschuster at 126 pounds, Jarrod Kressin at 145 pounds and Brady Hetke at 195 pounds who all lost in a wrestle back in their final match. Cody Goettl at 106, Jared Stoll at 120 and Eric Wachtendonk at 220 all finished fourth.