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Blackhawk grapplers struggle against Northwestern, pick up pair of wins in quad

By Cara L. Dempski

BLOOMER — The Bloomer/Colfax wrestlers closed out the pre-holiday portion of their season last week with a pair of home appearances.

The Blackhawks started the week by hosting Northwestern December 19, and fell to the Wildcats 48-25 in  the Heart O’ North dual despite strong performances in five of the 14 weight classes. The team then welcomed Amery, Unity and Cameron for a quad December 21.

The team bested both Unity and Cameron 48-18, but fell to the Amery Warriors 44-27 .

Coach Jim Poirier and his Bloomer/Colfax co-op will be at River Falls for the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic this Thursday and Friday, December 28 and 29, and then open 2018 January 4 when the team hosts Cumberland at Bloomer. They will be at Osseo-Fairchild January 6, and will take over the Colfax gym January 11 when they face Barron.


There were five Colfax wrestlers to take on the Wildcats with their Bloomer teammates in last Tuesday, December 19 dual in Bloomer.

Julio Hernandez kicked off the night with a winning fall over Northwestern’s Jordan Herrmann at just :15 in the 113-pound match.

Sawyer Best and Trey Hovde picked up wins at 120 and 126 pounds respectively Best garnered four points on an 18-5 major decision over Braden Trautt. Hovde got another three when he won a 5-3 decision over Tjay Ziebarth.

Bloomer’s Ike Kramschuster and Cal Lueck earned wins at 132 and 138 pounds before Colfax sophomore Mitchel Harmon took on Calen Kirkpatrick in the 145-pound contest and managed to make it to 3:35 before falling to the Wildcat wrestler.

Bloomer’s Nathon Rosohowski fell to Donny Pooler at 170 pounds to give the Northwestern squad another six points, before Colfax’s Tommy Anderson was bested by Andrew Hanson at 182 pounds.

The Wildcats picked up a 48-25 win over the Blackhawks, as the home team turned its attention to a home quad two nights later


The same five Colfax wrestlers competed in the December 21 home quad at Bloomer that featured Unity, Cameron and Amery. The Hawks took 48-18 wins over both the Eagles and Comets, but fell to the Warriors 44-27.

Colfax wrestlers Hernandez, Best, Hovde, Harmon and Anderson picked up wins against Unity and Cameron, but Hernandez and Best were the only two to beat Amery grapplers in the final matches of the night.

Hernandez’s three wins came at 113 pounds, and he kicked off the night by getting a fall on Unity’s Leon Baker at the 1:19 mark for six points. He tussled with Cameron’s Remington Ladd in his second match of the night to pick up three points after winning an 11-6 decision against the Comet. His final opponent, Amery’s Jeremy Belz, fell on a pin to give Hernandez six points at 2:35.

Best wrestled at 120 points, and was quick to pick up his first win of the night when he pinned Eagle Chevy Baxter after just :34 to give the Blackhawks six points. He did the same thing to Comet Cole Romsos in the second match, getting the pin at :35 for another six, and then beat Amery’s Keaton Tollakson on a technical fall at 3:07 to add five points to his team’s score.

Hovde bested Unity’s Bernie Peterson and Cameron’s Eli Gillette at 126 pounds with a pair of falls, but lost his final match of the night to Warrior Jordan Penard on a 9-2 decision, Harmon competed at 138 pounds and won a forfeit against Unity, pinned Comet Paul Mikolon, and lost a 10-6 decision to Warrior Mike Smith.

Anderson rounded out the Hawks’ Colfax contingent with a win over Unity Eagle Tristan Knutson with a fall in the first match, and picked up six points on a forfeiture at 182 pounds against Cameron. He lost his Amery match to Alex Thomsen on a 10-7 decision.