Propelled by dominating performances in upper weight classes, the Boyceville Bulldogs capped a long day of wrestling last Saturday in the 2017 Dells Duals Classic with an unblemished 5-0 record.
It was the second time in three years that the Bulldogs finished the 30-team, dual-style tournament, held at the Chula Vista Resort near Wisconsin Dells, with a perfect mark.
Boyceville, ranked ninth in the first Division 3 state poll of the new season, won the Pool C or White Pool with double-digit wins over Fond du Lac, Mineral Point, Plymouth and Portage and then took home a first-place plaque with a win over Kimberly December 9.
“We had a nice trip to the Dells, always fun building some team unity and enjoying the water park,” said Boyceville head coach Jamie Olson. “I was pleased with the weekend and going 5-0 always is good. It’s always good seeing different competition.”
It was a great way to finish the week after Boyceville lost a heartbreaker a few days earlier in a dual between state-ranked squads. The Bulldogs traveled to Clear Lake Thursday, December 7 only to come up short against the eight-ranked Warriors, who rallied for a 36-33 victory.
But Boyceville quickly put the loss in the rear view mirror and looked ahead to its competition in the Dells Duals.
“We always stress the importance of being a team and moving around to get match ups,” noted Olson. “Each team that we faced provided different match up issues and our kids responded well with moving up and doing their best up a weight class.”
As has been the case early this season, Boyceville’s upper weights provided a powerful punch.
Brock Schlough (160), Justin Malean (170, Trett Joles (182), Garrett Joles (220) and Noah Novotney went undefeated in the dual tournament, winning all five of their matches.
That group with the exception of Trett Joles, received top five individual rankings in this year’s first Division 3 state poll. Schlough, Malean and Garrett Joles received top rankings at their respective weight classes while Novotney was rated fourth.
“Our upper weights continue to dominate and (give us) a lot of bonus points,” Olson said.
But the five unbeatens were backed up by several other fine performances in the Dells.
Walker Retz compiled a 4-1 record wrestling at 113 and 120 pounds; Jason Swanepoel went 3-1 at 152 and 160; Eli Swanson was 3-2 at 106 pounds and Taylor Schmid won two of his three matches.
Nick Goodell and Nathan Stuart both copped 2-3 marks wrestling in tough weights but earned Olson’s praise along with Arthur Bia, Nick Litomsky and Tanner Anderson.
“Without these guys we don’t go 5-0,” stated Olson of those latter five. “They moved up weight classes to give us a chance to match up.”
In the first-round match, Boyceville opened the dual with five consecutive pins from Malean, Trett and Garrett Joles, Novotney and Swanson to take an early 30-0 lead over Fond du Lac. Brock Schlough finished the dual with a 18-1 technical fall for the 38-27 Bulldog victory.
That tend would hold in the following three rounds of pool play as Boyceville bested perennial power Mineral Point 54-24, Plymouth 39-27 and Portage 48-21.
That earned the Bulldogs a final dual against Kimberly which the locals won 47-31 to claim a first-place plaque.
Boyceville will conclude its pre-Christmas schedule at the Osceola Tournament this Saturday, December 16.
Boyceville 38, Fond du Lac 27
182-Justin Malean (B) pinned Mark Putzer (FDL), 1:41; 195-Trett Joles (B) pinned Austin Baatz (FDL), 4:34; 220-Garrett Joles (B) received forfeit; 285-Noah Novotney (B) pinned Joey Schmitz (FDL), 0:37; 106-Eli Swanson (B) pinned Quinten Flasch (FDL), 1:22; 113-Double Forfeit; 120-Tristan Lakey (FDL) majored Walker Retz (B), 15-6; 126-Andrew Nehls (FDL) pinned Arthur Bia (B), 0:19; 132-Nathan Stuart (B) sudden victory over Payton Torgersen (FDL), 11-9; 138-Isaac Ortegon (FDL) dec. Nick Goodell (B), 10-3; 145-Logan Naker (FDL) pinned Nick Litomsky (B), 1:45; 152-Jon Vanna (FDL) dec. Tanner Anderson (B), 10-7; 160-Josiah Streblow (FDL) tech falled Jason Swanepoel (B), 18-2; 170-Brock Schlough (B) tech falled Carson Wasieleski (FDL), 18-1.
Boyceville 54, Mineral Point 24
195-Taylor Schmid (B) received forfeit; 220-Garrett Joles (B) received forfeit; 285-Noah Novotney (B) pinned Garrett Ward (MP), 1:36; 106-Eli Swanson (B) pinned Cristian Haglund (MP), 2:47; 113-Walker Retz (B) pinned Wyatt Evans (MP), 1:27; 120-Arthur Bia (B) received forfeit; 126-Danny Pittz (MP) received forfeit; 132-Caden Carey (MP) pinned Nathan Stuart (B), 1:34; 138-Nick Litomsky (B) dec. Nolan Springer (MP), 4-0; 145-Mitchell Schaaf (MP) pinned Nick Litomsky (B), 0:42; 152-Logan Schmitz (MP) pinned Tanner Anderson (B), 1:03; 160-Brock Schlough (B) over Mason Hughes (MP), 2:33; 170-Justin Malean (B) pinned Kyle Vondra (MP), 1:21; 182-Trett Joles (B) dec. Riley Workman (MP), 12-9.
Boyceville 39, Plymouth 27
220-Garrett Joles (B) pinned Jesse Schwarten (P), 1:07; 285-Noah Novotney (B) dec. Gabe Haun (P), 5-2; 106-Jack Miller (P) dec. Eli Swanson (B), 11-6; 113-Double Forfeit; 120-Walker Retz (B) pinned Andrew Steinhardt (P), 1:20; 126-Cameron Fohr (P) received forfeit; 132-Connor Schmidt (P) pinned Nathan Stuart (B), 1:23; 138 -Nick Goodell (B) dec. Will Birkholz (P), 8-6; 145 -Caden Nicolaus (P) pinned Nick Litomsky (B), 0:20; 152-Jason Swanepoel (B) majored Eli Sanborn (P), 15-1; 160-Brock Schlough (B) tech falled Josh Koll (P), 16-0; 170-Justin Malean (B) pinned Joe Mertes (P), 4:51; 182-Trett Joles (B) pinned Ben Meyer (P), 3:57; 195-Kyle Schwibinger (P) pinned Taylor Schmid (B), 3:13.
Boyceville 48, Portage 21
285-Noah Novotney (B) pinned Isiah Miller (Portage), 0:24; 106-Matt Straka (P) dec. Eli Swanson (B), 3-2; 113-Double Forfeit; 120-Walker Retz (B) pinned Spencer Andrews (P), 1:43; 126-Double Forfeit; 132-Jessie Tijerina (P) pinned Nathan Stuart (B), 1:51; 138-Dylan Golke (P) pinned Nick Goodell (B), 1:57; 145-Dylan Casey (P) received forfeit; 152 -Jason Swanepoel (B) pinned Parker Lavinge (P), 0:44; 160-Brock Schlough (B) pinned Sam Bleich (P), 0:22; 170-Justin Malean (B) received forfeit; 182-Taylor Schmid (B) received forfeit; 195-Trett Joles (B) pinned Brandon Andrews (P), 3:29; 220-Garrett Joles (B) pinned Shane Steines (P),1:13.
Boyceville 47, Kimberly 31
285-Noah Novotney (B) pinned Max Digman (K), 2:23; 106-Eli Swanson (B) over Matt Godin (K), 4:20; 113-Walker Retz (B) tech falled Charlie Hart (K), 17-2; 120-Max Sanderfoot (K) received forfeit; 126-Ethan Thao (K) received forfeit; 132-Tucker Smith (K) dec. Nathan Stuart (B), 8-4; 138-Godffrey Kairu (K) majored Nick Goodell (B), 12-4; 145-Hunter Bruecker (K) injury default Nick Litomsky (B),0:56; 152-Seth Christman (K) pinned Tanner Anderson (B), 0:51; 160-Jason Swanepoel (B) pinned Avery Benbrooks (K), 5:02; 170-Brock Schlough (B) over Kevin Krabbe (K), 1:04; 182-Justin Malean (B) pinned Aaron Stannard (K), 2:45; 195-Trett Joles (B) pinned Nick Pappano (K), 1:42; 220-Garrett Joles (B) pinned Brett Wittmann (K), 0:59.
Nipped by the Warriors
Last year at this time, Boyceville rallied for a come-from-behind home win against Clear Lake.
Last Thursday, it was the Warriors’ turn.
In a sea-saw battle between stated ranked teams, Clear Lake earned a pin and a one-point decision in the dual’s final two matches to nip the Bulldogs 36-33 December 7.
“Tough loss, but we had our chances, it just didn’t work out,” said Coach Olson. “Good to wrestle a solid team early in the season to see where we stand.”
Boyceville will see Clear Lake again come February in the regional tournament.
The dual featured some state-ranked wrestlers doing battle like number one-ranked Justin Malean’s 5-1 win at 170 pounds over Korey Catts, an honorable mention at 152 and top-rated 195 pounder Garrett Joles edging 220’s top-ranked wrestler Noah Wieczorek in an 8-6 barnburner at 220 pounds.
Nick Goodell, honorable mention at 138 pounds, earned the Bulldogs big 6-3 win over a very good Ivan Ruble.
But the match came down to a one-point decision in the evening’s final match at 132 pounds.
With the match tied at 33 all, Boyceville’s Nathan Stuart was trailing the Warriors Carter Wienke five to nil heading into the third and final period. Stuart worked a reversal and two-point near fall but fell a point short as the match and dual ended, giving Clear Lake the three-point win.
“Nathan Stuart was down 5-0 with 20 seconds left and hit a granby for 4 points, just needed another second to tie the match and go into overtime,” said Olson. “Being the deciding match in the dual, it would have been fun to see them decide it in overtime.
Clear Lake 36, Boyceville 33
138-Nick Goodell (B) dec. Ivan Ruble (CL), 6-3; 145-Nick Sempf (CL) pinned Nick Litomsky (BV), 1:36; 152-Gabe Colbeth (CL) pinned Jason Swanepoel (BV), 1:27; 160-Brock Schlough (BV) pinned James Williams (CL), 2:09; 170-Justin Malean (B) dec. Korey Catts (CL), 5-1; 182-Trett Joles (B) pinned Hunter Brenne (CL), 1:52; 195-Trevor Kiri (CL) dec. Taylor Schmid (B), 9-6; 220– Garrett Joles (B) dec. Noah Wieczorek (CL), 8-6; 285-Noah Novotney (B) pinned Sam Dusek (CL), 0:37; 106– Shane Larson (CL) pinned Eli Swanson (B), 5:49; 113– Ryan Anderson (CL) received forfeit; 120-Walker Retz (B) pinned Matt Anderson (CL), 1:26; 126-Nick Elmer (CL) pinned Arthur Bia (B), 0:41; 132-Carter Wienke (CL) dec. Nathan Stuart (B), 5-4.