By Cara L. Dempski
CUMBERLAND — The Bloomer/Colfax wrestling co-op got the flavor of how things might go in this year’s Heart O’ North with a unique series of duals held last Friday evening.
The January 26 HON Duals, the conference’s first Super Tour contests, pitted north division teams against their south counterparts. While the results do not count toward the conference championship, the five teams from each division duked it out at Cumberland with the first place teams versus each other, second-place squads and so on.
[emember_protected] The Blackhawks came away with second place in the fifth-place duals after suffering a 50-12 defeat at the hands of Hayward/Northwoods. The Bloomer/Colfax grapplers forfeited eight of the 14 matches, and had just two grapplers win: both from Colfax.
Sawyer Best put Hayward/Northwoods’ Jayden Windsor to the floor for the pin at 2:57 in the match for the win at 120 pounds, and Mitchel Harmon won the 132-pound match on a forfeit.
Colfax’s Tommy Anderson was pinned by Ronnie Snider in the 195-pound contest, Hunter Rhea got the best of Bloomer’s Ike Kramschuster at 126 pounds with a technical fall, Cal Lueck lost on a technical fall to Tom Coyne, and Hayward/Northwoods grappler Dusten Stone won on a major decision over Bloomer’s Kyle Schmidt.
Cumberland beat Northwestern 46-33 in the first-place match, Superior defeated Ladysmith for the second-place match, Barron got the better of Ashland in the third-place match, and Spooner/Webster snuck past Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm in the fourth-place match.
The Blackhawks will be at Flambeau Thursday, February 1 for a tune-up before hosting the Heart O’ North conference wrestling tournament at Bloomer High School this Saturday, February 3. The team will compete in WIAA Division 2 regionals at Baldwin-Woodville on Saturday, February 10. [/emember_protected]