By Cara L. Dempski
Maybe it was a good sign for the Blackhawks that they won at Flambeau last week.
The Bloomer/Colfax wrestlers took on the Falcons February 1, and brought home a 27-24 win at the end of the night. The win was thanks to strong performances at the light and middle weights.
The win gave the Blackhawks some momentum as they prepared to host the 2018 Heart O’ North at Bloomer High School last Saturday, February 3. The team came out of the championship meet ninth in the 10-team tournament after scoring 81 points.
[emember_protected] Northwestern, who went unbeaten in conference duals, won Saturday’s tournament to capture the overall Heart O’ North wrestling championship. Bloomer/Colfax finished last.
The Bloomer/Colfax boys will head to Baldwin-Woodville February 10 for the WIAA Division 2 regional competition. Team sectionals are scheduled for February 13 at Hayward. The top two finishers in each weight class last Saturday’s regional will advance to the individual sectional meet on February 17 in Amery.
This year’s individual state tournament will be held February 22-24 at UW-Madison’s Kohl Center, and team championships will be decided March 2 and 3 at the UW-Madison Fieldhouse.
A pair of Colfax boys helped the Blackhawks on their way to victory on February 1 at Flambeau.
Sawyer Best and Mitchel Harmon joined Bloomer’s Ike Kramschuster, Cal Lueck and Kyle Schmidt in the win. Best got a fall on Falcon Nate Rymarkiewicz in the 120-pound match at 2:46 for six points, and Harmon pinned Jeb Keefer at 1:57 for six points and the win at 132 pounds.
Kramschuster took a 7-1 decision over Lance Schwaller in the 126-pound match, Lueck pinned Nick Rymarkiewicz for the win in the 138-pound round, and Schmidt was the winner of the 145-pound tussle after pinning Randy Uhren.
Heart O’ North Conference
The Hawks relied on a trio of Colfax grapplers to provide a strong base for the team in the February 3 Heart O’ North conference championship matches at Bloomer.
Colfax sophomores Sawyer Best and Mitchel Harmon, and junior Tommy Anderson, provided the Bloomer/Colfax squad’s highest three finishes at the meet, with Best and Harmon taking second in their respective classes, and Anderson finishing fourth in his.
Best faced Ashland’s Corey Hagstrom in the 120-pound quarterfinal match, pinning him at 1:43 before earning a major decision over Northwestern grappler Tjay Ziebarth in the semifinal. The Colfax sophomore then wrestled Trent Vollendorf of Ladysmith in the first-place match. Vollendorf took the top prize on an 11-2 major decision.
Harmon hit the mat to take on Darren Tippett of Ashland in the quarterfinal match at 132 pounds, and walked away with the win after pinning the Oredocker grappler at 1:29. He then took a 6-1 decision for a semifinal win over Barron’s Jackson Massie before losing the first-place match to Cumberland Beaver Reid Olson on a 7-3 decision.
Anderson faced Milan Monchilovich of Cumberland in the 182-pound quarterfinal and took less than a minute to get him to the floor for a pin and a win, but then lost his semifinal contest to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm’s Daniel Chuchwar on a 12-4 major decision. The Colfax wrestler found his groove again in the consolation semifinal with a 13-3 major decision over Ervin Craft of Barron, but then was pinned by Northwestern’s Andrew Hanson at 5:40 in the third-place match.
Bloomer’s Ike Kramschuster also placed fourth in the 126-pound class, Bradley Sarauer earned fifth at 220 pounds, Nathon Rosohowski was sixth at 160 pounds, and Kyle Schmidt was sixth at 145 pounds. [/emember_protected]