BOYCEVILLE — Head coach Jamie Olson and his Bulldog wrestlers moved a step closer last Thursday to reclaiming the Dunn-St. Croix championship.
Boyceville improved to 3-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix standings and has its sight set on the program’s first conference championship in five seasons following a 58-9 pummeling of the Durand Panthers in front of the parents and youth wrestlers who were honored that evening in the January 25 home finale.
[emember_protected] “Overall it was a great night for the program,” said Coach Olson after Boyceville claimed 11 of dual’s 14 matches including six via pin and two more by forfeit enroute to the lopsided victory.
“We wrestled a great match and really set the pace in all the matches,” Olson added.
The coach also commended Boyceville’s youth coaches Blaine Leslie and Joel Danovsky for doing an outstanding job with the youth program and youth night.
“Youth night was a great success and it’s always fun to watch the boys sign the posters, shoes etc for them (youth),” Olson said.
But the work is far from complete for this year’s varsity squad.
Boyceville still had one final conference dual to settle when it traveled to rival Glenwood City Tuesday night. The Hilltoppers are also currently unbeaten in Dunn-St. Croix duals and should be a formidable foe as the Bulldogs look to add an 18th conference crown to their list of accomplishments.
The Bulldogs will then close out a busy final week of the regular season with a Friday night, February 2 dual against Eau Claire North at the McPhee Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus and then compete the following day, Saturday, February 3, in a dual tournament at North Branch, MN which replaces the now defunct Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix Challenge after River Falls did not want to continue as host for the event.
Last Thursday’s dual could not have begun at a better spot for the home team.
Starting at 152 pounds and moving into the upper weights – the teeth of Boyceville’s dominate bite – the Bulldogs’ took control quickly.
Senior Jason Swanepoel could not have delivered a better opening in his final home match of his wrestling career. Swanepoel had his way with the Panthers’ sophomore Lucas Zeilinger, building a 12-3 advantage before scoring the pin at 2:56.
“Jason Swanepoel wrestled a solid match and was in control the entire time,” stated Olson. “Nice to see Jason wrestle his last home (match) with dominance.”
With the table set by Swanepoel’s six-point win, Boyceville’s state-ranked wrestlers feasted on the Panthers.
Top-ranked wrestlers Brock Schlough (160) and Garrett Joles (220), third-ranked Trett Joles (195), and fifth-rated Noah Novotney (285) each put their Durand opponent on the mat for pins.
Senior Justin Malean, ranked seventh in the latest 170-pound, D3 state polling, reached the 100-win plateau with his 6-1 win over freshman Brody Carothers at 182 pounds.
“Brock, Garrett, Justin and Trett continue to bring toughness and intensity to every dual and our kids feed off of their exciting style of wrestling,” said Olson. “And Noah is wrestling really well pinning a state ranked heavyweight.”
A forfeit to Eli Swanson at 106 pounds put the Bulldogs in front 37-0.
Durand finally cracked its goose egg on the scoreboard with a victory at 113 pounds but Arthur Bia made it difficult for the state-ranked Panther senior to get the win and his team’s first six points.
Bia trailed Brannon Humphrey just 6-5 when the Durand wrestler finally caught Bia and pinned him.
“Arthur Bia continues to amaze us with his wrestling,” said Olson of Boyceville’s foreign exchange student’s first year of wrestling.
Fourth-ranked Walker Retz, who has been nursing an injured knee, put the Bulldogs back on track with a 44 second pin of Wyatt Wood at 120 pounds.
“Having Walker back in the line-up is huge for us in the lower weights,” stated Olson. “And he picked up where he left off scoring a big pin.”
Nate Stuart followed with a nice 5-3 win at 126 over a solid senior, Treyden Casey.
Nick Goodell, another Bulldog that is ranked in state, added a pin over Brett Baker at 132 pounds before Nick Litomsky was awarded a forfeit at 138 pounds that gave Boyceville a 58-6 advantage.
Durand junior CeeJay Schlosser gave the Panthers a win in the closing match of the dual, beating Boyceville senior Tanner Anderson 6-1 in the 145-pound match.
While Justin Malean achieved his 100th win during the dual, prior to the start of the match, Coach Olson honored four other wrestlers for milestones in career wins.
Garrett Joles currently with 147 wins has earned his 125 win patch and soon his 150th, Brock Schlough eclipsed the 100-win mark early this season and currently has 119 with 125-win mark to follow within the next few weeks, Noah Novotney reached the 100-win plateau with 103 wins and Nick Goodell passed 60 wins recently with 68 and counting. Patches are awarded at the year-end banquet for 60, 100, 125, and 150 career wins.
Boyceville 58, Durand 9
152-Jason Swanepoel (B) pinned Lucas Zellinger (D), 2:56; 160-Brock Schlough (B) pinned Alex Elverum (D), 2:49; 170-Double Forfeit; 182-Justin Malean (B) dec. Brody Carothers (D), 6-1; 195-Trett Joles (B) majored Cody Gilbertson (D), 13-1; 220-Garrett Joles (B) pinned Jacob Zeilinger (D), 1:27; 285-Noah Novotney pinned Kyle Abramson (D), 3:13; 106-Eli Swanson (B) received forfeit; 113-Brannon Humphrey (D) pinned Arthur Bia (B), 2:38; 120-Walker Retz (B) pinned Wyatt Wood (D), 0:44; 126-Nathan Stuart (B) dec. Treyden Casey (D), 5-3; 132-Nick Goodell (B) pinned Brett Baker (D), 3:51; 138-Nick Litomsky (B) received forfeit; 145-CeeJay Schlosser (D) dec. Tanner Anderson (B), 6-1. [/emember_protected]