Boyceville’s wrestling team carried the momentum from the Northern Badger into the new year.
The ninth-rank Bulldog wrestlers took to the road Thursday, January 4 to open the Dunn-St. Croix dual season. Traveling to Mondovi, Boyceville tamed the Buffaloes with a 50-15 victory.
The squad then followed it up with a solid performance at the Bluejay Challenge in Merrill on Saturday. All 13 of Boyceville’s wrestlers placed, highlighted by a trio of champions and a fourth-place finish.
[emember_protected] The Bulldogs have a light schedule this week. They hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm in a non-conference “Battle of the Bulldogs” last evening, January 9. Boyceville is then off until Thursday, January 18 when it hosts defending conference champion and 11th-ranked Spring Valley/Elmwood.
Boyceville registered six pin falls and received a pair of forfeits en route to a 50-15 win in Mondovi January 4.
“We wrestled a solid dual all the way through,” said Jamie Olson, Boyceville’s head coach.
“Overall our intensity was really good and we need to continue that mindset.”
The host Buffaloes got on the board first when Nathan Pelke pinned the Bulldogs’ Taylor Schmid for a six-nil led.
But the Bulldogs plethora of state-ranked talent took over as Boyceville reeled off 31 unanswered points.
Noah Novotney, ranked 4th in the most recent Division 3 state wrestling poll, got things rolling for the Bulldogs with a pin at 285. Ninth-rated freshman Walker Retz and foreign exchange student Arthur Bia followed suit with falls at 113 and 120 pounds respectively.
Nathan Stuart increased the Boyceville advantage to 22-6 with a 9-0 major decision at 126.
Nick Litomsky received a forfeit at 132 and Nick Goodell, who polled 11th in the 138-pound field, scored a 7-1 decision in his match.
It appeared as though Tanner Anderson was on track to keep the streak going, leading 10-7 in his match at 145 pounds, when he was disqualified for locking hands with just seven seconds left.
That call gave Mondovi six points.
But the Bulldogs won four of the final five matches to put the dual away.
Jason Swanepoel and top-rated Brock Schlough scored back-to-back pins at 152 and 160.
Justin Malean, who was ranked number one at 170 pounds, suffered a heartbreaking 8-5 loss to Nick Pelke.
The Joles Brothers, however, righted the ship.
Freshman Trett Joles drew a forfeit at 182 and senior and number one ranked Garrett Joles capped the win with a pin at 195.
Despite missing one of its top wrestlers, Boyceville faired very well at last Saturday’s tournament at Merrill High School.
The Bulldogs, sans Walker Retz, had all 13 of its varsity members including a trio of champions.
Brock Schlough (160) and brothers Garrett (195) and Trett (182) Joles won gold medals to lead Boyceville a to fourth-place finish in the team standings
The Bulldogs tallied 359 points in the 17-team tournament, just ten behind third-place finisher Tomahawk. Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben took home the team title with 439 points with Sun Prairie finishing second with a score of 419. Host Merrill rounded out the top five with 340.
“Overall our team wrestled tough against good competition and taking 4th without one of our horses in the line up was a nice day for us,” Olson said.
Brock Schlough (26-0) and Garrett Joles (21-0) remained unbeaten in their runs to titles as both went 5-0 in the tournament. Schlough edged Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge 4-3 in the 160-pound championship while Garrett Joles registered a first-period pin over another Prairie du Chien grappler, Stephen Ronnfeldt, to take top honors at 195 pounds.
“Brock and Garrett also had great days with tournament championships,” said Olson.
One of the biggest highlights of the day was turned in by freshman Trett Joles. In a 182-pound weight class that featured three state wrestlers, Trett Joles earned first place with a pair of hard fought decision and a 19-11 major decision against St. Croix Central’s Ryan Larson in the finals.
“Trett Joles came in seeded 4th with 3 state wrestlers ahead of him and to score 19 points in the finals against Ryan Larson was really impressive,” noted Olson.
Noah Novotney (285) and Justin Malean (170) both took third.
“Justin and Noah lost two very close matches in the semis,” Olson stated. “But came back and wrestled great for third.”
Eli Swanson finished fourth at 106. Arthur Bia (120), Nathan Stuart (126) and Nick Litomsky all finished ninth with Taylor Schmid (220) in tenth, Jason Swanepoel (152) grabbed 12th and Tanner Anderson (145) was 15th.
“Eli Swanson had a nice day taking 4th, Eli works extremely hard to maintain that 106 pound weight class and is having a great season for us,” continued Olson. “I also want to give praise to Taylor Schmid who gives up 30 pounds to fill 220 for us and battles like a warrior every time out.” [/emember_protected]