By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The Colfax school district had just three wrestlers compete in Glenwood City this past weekend, but the trio took credit for over half the team’s wins.
Sawyer Best, Trey Hovde and Mitchel Harmon represented their hometown well as members of the Bloomer/Colfax cooperative at the John Timm Memorial Duals held Saturday, December 2 at Glenwood City High School. The team copped 22 individual wins to finish 0-5 and in sixth place in the six-team tournament, but Best, Hovde and Harmon accounted for 13 of those wins.
Sawyer Best finished a perfect 5-0 while Trey Hovde and Mitchel Harmon both tallied 4-1 records in the Timm Duals.
Best, who is back on the mats after suffering a season-ending injury partway through last year, picked up his first two wins at 120 pounds on forfeitures before facing Somerset’s Tyler Hantsburger in the third match. The Colfax wrestler picked up the W on a 7-4 Decision.
The sophomore grappler closed out his day with two more wins, getting a pin on Triton’s Owen Garness after just 1:44 before taking another forfeiture in the final round. He finished the day 5-0 for the Blackhawks.
Hovde wrestled at 126 pounds, and faced Spooner grappler Austin Bauer in the first match, picking up the points for the Bloomer/Colfax squad on a 9-4 decision. He picked up six points on a forfeit in the second match before losing a 5-0 decision to Somerset’s Nick Kearns in the third.
He picked up a win on a 4-1 decision over Colby Dobbs of Triton before earning another six points in the fifth round on a forfeit. Overall, he was 4-1 for the day.
Harmon added some height and bulk to his frame over the past year, wrestled at 152 pounds the first two matches before dropping down to 145. The sophomore pinned Carter Melton of Spooner after just 1:12 to pick up his first six points, then did the same to Glenwood City’s Tucker Lagerstrom in round two at 1:53.
His first opponent at 145 pounds was Somerset’s Roy Hale. Harmon bested the Spartan wrestler on a 5-2 decision, and then got the fall on Kyle Mitchell of Triton after :59 in round four, before losing his final match to Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal’s Dylan Nielsen on a 9-1 major decision to take home a 4-1 record for the day.
As a team, Bloomer/Colfax lost to Spooner 42-33, were nipped by Glenwood City 36-30, before being overpowered by Somerset, 45-12; Triton, MN, 45-26; and tournament victor Neillsville/Granton/Loyal, 64-12. It didn’t help that the Blackhawks had to forfeit at five weight classes.
Now that the first competition has passed, the Blackhawks will focus on upcoming duals both at home and on the road. The team will head to Ladysmith December 7 and Eau Claire North this Saturday, December 9, before breaking for a few days and heading to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser December 14.