OSCEOLA — Tis the season…for illness and injury.
Both had marked effects on the Boyceville wrestling team’s line up and outcome at last Saturday’s 2017 Osceola Duals tournament.
[emember_protected] With key cogs Garrett Joles, (knee injury) and Walker Retz (the flu bug) sidelined, head coach Jamie Olson had to make adjustments throughout the tournament with limited success as Boyceville finished the competition with just two wins in five duals December 16.
“We knew that it was going to be difficult to compete without Garrett and Walker in the line up,” stated Olson.
“The kids knew they needed to be unselfish and bump up a weight or step up and knock someone off,” added Olson. “I’m proud of how our team competed in every match regardless of the situation.”
Without Walker and Garrett Joles competing, forfeits became an even bigger factor, particularly in the losses as Boyceville was forfeiting three of four weight classes per dual.
“You can’t give up forfeits and beat good teams and that can be frustrating at times,” Olson said. “Overall, though, I think we did get better Saturday and that is the key at this time of the year.”
Olson does expect both Garrett Joles and Walker Retz to return to the mat when the Bulldogs compete in the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic set for next Thursday and Friday, December 28 and 29 at River Falls High School.
A trio of Bulldogs finished the five-dual tournament with unblemished records. Senior Justin Malean, junior Brock Schlough and freshman Trett Joles all posted 5-0 marks at Osceola.
Schlough and Trett Joles each had three pins, a technical fall and a forfeit on their victory resumes while Malean had a pin and three decisions and a forfeit.
Nick Goodell also had a solid showing going four and one with two pins.
Noah Novotney and Eli Swanson turned in 3-2 marks while Nick Lotomsky finished 2-2 and Arthur Bia was 2-3.
Boyceville opened the tournament with a 46-32 win over Heart O’ North member Barron and then thrashed Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren of the Lakeland Conference 48-6.
But then the absences and forfeits took its toll against the larger and stronger squads as the Bulldogs dropped three straight to finish the day.
Host Osceola won three of the final four matches in the dual including two by forfeit and the other on a pin fall to nip Boyceville 39-35.
Against River Falls, Boyceville scored four pins but the Wild Cats got four of their own along with three forfeits to take the win 48-27.
In the final match of the tournament, Boyceville took on fellow state-ranked power Clear Lake for the second time in as many weeks.
After edging the Bulldogs in a December 7 dual, the Warriors dominated the rematch scoring four falls and three forfeits enroute to a 52-14 win.
Boyceville picked up only three wins against Clear Lake; a pin by Trett Joles, a technical fall from Brock Schlough and a Justin Malean decision. [/emember_protected]