By Cara L. Dempski
It might not have been the best week for the Bloomer/Colfax wrestling co-op as a whole, but the team did get some help from a trio of Colfax wrestlers.
Sophomore Mitchel Harmon and Trey Hovde traveled with the team to Ladysmith last Tuesday, December 5 when the Lumberjacks took the overall win 65-10. The duo then competed in the Eau Claire North Invite this past Saturday, December 9 along with Sawyer Best, where the team finished 20th out of 21 teams.
The Bloomer/Colfax wrestlers will travel to Chetek this Thursday, December 14 to face Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm. The squad will wrestle twice in Bloomer next week starting Tuesday, December 19 when the Blackhawks will dual Northwestern, and then host a quad featuring Amery, Cameron and Unity on Thursday, December 21.
Harmon and Hovde were not just the only two Colfax wrestlers competing on the Bloomer/Colfax squad last Tuesday in Ladysmith, they were the only two to win matches.
The Lumberjacks took a 65-10 win over the Blackhawks after the Colfax twosome were the only Blackhawks to score in the dual.
Harmon took on Billy Niles at 145 pounds, and pinned him in 1:11 to tack up six points for the Hawks, while Hovde bested Zach Jenness in an 11-2 major decision at 126 pounds.
Eau Claire North
Best scored the best of the Colfax trio at the December 9 Eau Claire North Husky Invitational when he took third place at 120 pounds.
The sophomore pinned Plainview-Elgin-Millville wrestler Jaden Wolf at the 1:17 mark in the first round for the win before getting the fall on Bryce Zoromski of Wittenberg-Birnamwood in the quarterfinal.
The Colfax wrestler lost his semifinal match to Ellsworth’s Charlie Stuhl on a 12-9 decision, before winning the third-place match over Treyden Casey from Durand with a fall at 5:53.
Hovde garnered 12 team points when he came in 12th at 126 pounds. Ellsworth’s Jon Cain won the first round on a 6-1 decision, but Hovde pinned Trevor Hildebrandt of New Richmond for the win in the first consolation round. He forfeited the second consolation round to Ladysmith wrestler Trent Vollendorf before forfeiting the 11th-place match to Ethan Johnson of Eau Claire North.
Harmon picked up 16 points for the Blackhawks when he finished fourth at 145 pounds. He picked up six after pinning Prescott’s Cody Atherton in the preliminary round, and then pinned Billy Niles of Ladysmith in the first championship round.
The Colfax sophomore won his quarterfinal match when he pinned Joe Garcia from Baldwin/Woodville at the 2:00 mark, but then lost the semi-final match to Jared Lansing from Ellsworth on a technical fall, and was pinned by Plainview-Elgin-Millville’s Joe Stucky in the third-place match.