BOYCEVILLE — The Bulldogs were assured a victory.
The only question was, which Bulldogs’ team would it be?
In the final count, Boyceville came out on top of the annual “Battle of the Bulldogs” dual with Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm.
Boyceville, who moved up from ninth to seventh in the most recent Division 3 state rankings according to the Wisconsin Wrestling poll, captured nine of the 14 matches in the home non-conference dual against C-W/PF to claim a 48-25 win.
[emember_protected] Boyceville’s Bulldogs received a quartet of forfeits and registered a trio of pins and two close decisions that helped them claim the 23-point win over their Bulldog counterparts in a dual that featured several state-ranked wrestlers.
After falling behind 6-0 on a forfeit at 106 pounds, Boyceville reeled off three consecutive wins that included a forfeit for Eli Swanson at 113, a big 7-5 decision by Arthur Bia at 120 and Nathan Stuart’s second-period pin at 126.
Chetek-Weyerhaueser/Prairie Farm narrowed its deficit to three, 15-12, when Gage Nelson pinned Boyceville’s Nick Litomsky at the 4:36 mark.
But back-to-back forfeits to Nick Goodell, seeded 12th in the January 10 state rankings at 138 pounds, and Tanner Anderson (145) pushed Boyceville’s lead to 27-12.
William Peters put points on the board for C-W/PF with a 13-0 major decision shut out over Jason Swanepoel at 152 pounds.
Top-ranked 160 pounder and two-time defending state titlist Brock Schlough scored an early second-period pin against Lanze Patrow to add another six points to Boyceville’s tally.
The 170-pound bout featured a pair of state ranked competitors. Sam Peters, ranked 12th in the Division 2 state polls, bested Boyceville’s Justin Malean, currently 5th in the D3 polls, 4-1.
Boyceville, however, would win three of the final four matches to secure the dual victory.
In another match of state-rated grapplers, Boyceville freshman Trett Joles, finally cracking the recent rankings at third, broke a 1-1 tie in the third and final frame when he took C-W/PF senior Daniel Chuchwar (5th) to the mat and pinned him at 5:33 of the 182-pound match.
Older brother Garrett Joles took a forfeit at 195 to extend the Boyceville lead to 45-19.
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm’s final points came in the next match at 220 pounds, where Justis Knutson stuck Boyceville’s Taylor Schmid in 33 seconds.
Boyceville fifth-ranked heavweight, Noah Novotney, capped the evening and dual with a thrilling 3-2 win over Jacob Konvicka.
Boyceville, who improved to 12-4 in dual competitions, will host defending conference champ Spring Valley/Elmwood this Thursday, January 18 in a match that will likely determine the Dunn-St. Croix championship for 2017-18. Boyceville will then close out the week with a Saturday tournament in St. Croix Falls.
Boyceville 48, Chetek-Weyer./PF 25
106-Kyle Jarmusic (C-W/PF) received forfeit; 113-Eli Swanson (B) received forfeit; 120-Arthur Bia (B) dec. Brett Bartels (C-W/PF), 7-5; 126-Nathan Stuart (B) pinned Dylan Anderson (C-W/PF), 2:48; 132-Gage Nelson (C-W/PF) pinned Nick Litomsky (B), 4:36; 138-Nick Goodell (B) received forfeit; 145-Tanner Anderson (B) received forfeit; 152-William Peters (C-W/PF) majored Jason Swanepoel (B), 13-0; 160-Brock Schlough (B) pinned Lanze Patrow (C-W/PF), 2:15; 170-Sam Peters (C-W/PF) dec. Justin Malean (B), 4-1; 182-Trett Joles (B) pinned Daniel Chuchwar (C-W/PF), 5:33; 195-Garrett Joles (B) received forfeit; 220-Justis Knutson (C-W/PF) pinned Taylor Schmid (B), 0:33; 285-Noah Novotney (B) dec. Jacob Konvicka (C-W/PF), 3-2. [/emember_protected]