By Cara L. Dempski
The Blackhawk wrestling co-op got back into the swing of things last week after a solid set of performances at this season’s Northern Badger Wrestling Classic with a dual and then a weekend tournament.
The team hosted Cumberland’s Beavers Thursday, January 4 at Bloomer High School, and suffered a 58-21 defeat. While the team suffered a loss, a pair of Colfax wrestlers provided points for the Blackhawks.
The Hawks rested for a day before heading to Osseo-Fairchild High School January 6 to test their mettle against Arcadia, Independence, LaCrosse Logan, Mondovi, and Osseo-Fairchild.
The team was edged out by Arcadia 22-21, bested Independence Gilmanton 27-24, fell hard to the LaCrosse Logan/Central consolidated team 54-27, was bested by Mondovi 30-24, and then tied with host Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek with 30 points each.
Bloomer/Colfax will host Barron at Colfax this Thursday, January 11 before going to Ladysmith for an invite this Saturday, January 13. The team is then off until January 23, when it heads to Flambeau High School for a dual with the Falcons.
The night of January 4 may have been a wash for the Bloomer/Colfax grapplers as a team, but a trio of Colfax boys were three of the four wrestlers who contributed points for the evening.
Julio Hernandez picked up another win at 106 pounds when he scored two on a take-down of Cumberland’s Bryce Baldwin, and then held on for the pin a 1:10 to give the Blackhawks six points. Tommy Anderson then earned a 12-8 decision over Milan Mochilovich at 182 pounds.
Sawyer Best reeled in six points for the team when he pinned Gabby Skidmore in the 120-pound contest after 2:58.
Colfax’s Mitchel Harmon fell to Reid Olson in the match after the Beaver grappler took him to the floor and then held for the fall at 2:36 in the 138-pound match.
The only other wrestler to win a match against Cumberland was Bloomer’s Ike Kramschuster, who took the 126-pound contest from Beaver Devin Roff on a fall at 1:23.
Colfax wrestlers looked solid on the mats at Osseo-Fairchild January 6, helping the team win one dual, and tie in a second out of five total.
Junior Tommy Anderson bested the host school’s Jesse Zamora at 182 pounds with a fall at 5:10. He picked up a major decision over Austin Sather of LaCrosse Logan/Central, got the fall on Brennon Campbell from Independence/Gilmanton at 2:00, and then bested Ty Schlesser of Arcadia with a fall. He took six points on a forfeit against Mondovi.
Sawyer Best took a forfeit against Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek in the 120-pound match, then took down Mondovi’s Ashton Crawford at :43 for the fall, won on another forfeit via LaCrosse Logan/Central, won a 6-3 decision over Independence/Gilmanton’s Luis Ponce, and then took another six on a forfeit against Arcadia.
Sophomore Mitchel Harmon also picked up six against the Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek boys after a forfeit at 138 pounds. He took down Mondovi’s Ricardo Aguilar at 3:36 for the win, won over LaCrosse Logan/Central’s David Krause with a fall at 4:08, pinned Ethan Severson from Independence/Gilmanton at 5:11, and beat Arcadia’s Tyler Klar on a 7-2 decision.
Bloomer’s Ike Kramschuster won all but one match for the day.