Bulldog wrestlers beat Buffs in conference finale

BOYCEVILLE — Despite winning just one of its five head-to-head matches in last Tuesday’s home conference dual against Mondovi, Boyceville still came out on top.

That’s because the Bulldogs received seven forfeits from an undermanned Buffaloes squad  as they concluded the regular and conference dual season slate January 31 with a 45-24 win in Boyceville’s Gymnatorium.

Boyceville secured a 3-1 record and its fourth straight second-place showing in the Dunn-St. Croix standings.

“Mondovi brought a small team,” stated Bulldogs’ head coach Jamie Olson. “But the kids they brought wrestled tough.”

“Overall it was a little disappointing, but I will take the win,” Olson added.

The Buffaloes registered a pair of pins, two one-point victories and a forfeit. Their only loss in the six contested bouts came at 145 pounds where Bulldogs senior Sam Retz earned a 9-6 decision over Dillon Larson.

Boyceville’s Justin Malean and Hunter Lipke both came up a point short in their matches.

Malean dropped a 4-3 decision to Bryce Johnson at 170 pounds while Mondovi’s Nathan Pelke edged Hunter Lipke, 10-9, for the win at 195.

“Malean and Lipke wrestled well enough to win those matches,” stated Olson. “We out wrestled both of those opponents, but just couldn’t find a way to score at the end on our feet.”

“I’m really pleased how far Hunter Lipke has come in a short period of time,” complimented Olson. “He is a very strong kid that is starting to figure out the sport.”

 Nick Pelke got the dual off to a quick start for Mondovi as he pinned Micadin Kahl in 1:30 of the 138-pound match.

Retz put three in the Bulldogs column with his three-point decision at 145. Trey Brinker and Brock Schlough were given forfeits at 152 and 160 to put Boyceville in front 15-6.

After Malean’s close defeat at 170, senior James Palmer added to the Boyceville advantage with a forfeit at 182.

Nathan Pelke’s single-digit victory over Hunter Lipke at 195 pounds kept the Buffaloes within nine points.

But Boyceville put the dual out of reach with four forfeits (Garrett Joles, Noah Novotney, Nick Goodell and Braxton Ludtke) in the final seven matches.

Mondovi took wins at 106 when Lance Crawford pinned the Bulldogs’ Eli Swanson in 1:20 and Derek DeWitt received a forfeit at 113 pounds.

There was a double forfeit at 120 pounds.

Boyceville 45, Mondovi 24

138-Nick Pelke (M) pinned Micadin Kahl (B), 1:30; 145-Sam Retz (B) dec. Dillon Larson (M)a, 9-6; 152-Trey Brinker (B) received forfeit; 160-Brock Schlough (B) received forfeit; 170-Bryce Johnson (M)dec. Justin Malean (B), 4-3; 182-James Palmer (B) received forfeit; 195-Nathan Pelke (M) dec. Hunter Lipke (B), 10-9; 220-Garrett Joles (B) received forfeit; 285-Noah Novotney (B) received forfeit; 106– Lance Crawford (M) pinned Eli Swanson (B), 1:20; 113-Derek DeWitt (M) received forfeit; 120-Double forfeit; 126-Nick Goodell (B) received forfeit; 132-Braxton Ludtke (B) received forfeit.