Bulldog wrestlers chew up EC North, win North Branch Quad

These Bulldogs finished the regular season on a sprint.

Wrestling five duals in as many days, the Boyceville wrestling team enjoyed a clean sweep of its final week of competition  before heading into the WIAA tournament series which will get underway this Saturday, February 10 with regional competition.

[emember_protected] On the heels of their 48-28 road win over rival Glenwood City January 30, Jamie Olson’s Boyceville wrestlers logged several more miles while adding four more wins to bring its season dual meet tally to an impressive 19-5 with wins against Division 1 Eau Claire North last Friday and a 3-0 performance the following day in the North Branch, Minnesota Quadrangular.

The Bulldogs proved to be the tougher breed, beating the Huskies of EC North 43-21 in the UW-Eau Claire McPhee Center February 2. 

Boyceville then remained unbeaten in 2018 by posting a pair of lopsided wins and a nailbiter Saturday in North Branch. The Bulldogs defeated the hosts 58-9, blanked Pine City-Hinckley-Finalayson 75-0 and nipped Grand Rapids, an honorable mention in the Gopher State’s Class AA state poll, 39-38.

Eau Claire North Dual

In a matinee to last Friday evening’s UW-Eau Claire wrestling match, Boyceville scored 34 unanswered points for the 43-21 victory over Eau Claire North at the university’s McPhee Center.

Trailing, 21-9 going into the match at 160 pounds, the Bulldogs chased down the Huskies with six straight victories to close out the dual.

Brock Schlough, Justin Malean, Trett Joles and Noah Novotney scored pins while Garrett Joles was awarded a forfeit and Taylor Schmid won an 8-0 major decision at 220 during the decisive winning streak. 

Nathan Stuart also registered a pin at 126 and Nick Goodell earned a 9-2 win at 132 pounds for the Bulldogs.

There were double forfeits at 106 and 113 pounds.

Boyceville 43, Eau Claire North 21

106-Double Forfeit; 113-Double Forfeit; 120-Ethan Johnson (ECN) pinned Walker  Retz (B), 3:11; 126-Nathan Stuart (B) pinned Kellen Spooner (ECN), 0:59; 132-Nick Goodell (B) dec. Cole Pehrson (ECN), 9-2; 138-Mason Phillips (ECN) pinned Nick Litomsky (B), 3:02; 145-Joseph Vang (ECN) dec. Tanner Anderson, Tanner (B), 8-3; 152-Xavion Biesterveld (ECN) received forfeit; 160-Brock Schlough (B) pinned Davin Xiong (ECN), 3:36; 170-Justin Malean (B) pinned Michael Haller (ECN), 3:27; 182-Trett Joles (B) pinned John Hedrington (ECN), 2:00; 195-Garrett Joles (B) received forfeit; 220-Taylor Schmid (B) majored Devin Hollins (ECN), 8-0; 285-Noah Novotney (B) pinned Dean Nash (ECN),0:54.

North Branch Quad

Boyceville headed west, and crossing over the border and the St. Croix River last Saturday to finish out the regular season competing at a quad meet in North Branch, Minnesota.

 Spearheaded by seven unbeaten wrestlers, the Bulldogs were able to sweep the competition.

Walker Retz, (113), Nathan Stuart (120), Brock Schlough (152), Justin Malean (170), Trett Joles (182), Garrett Joles (195) and Noah Novotney (285) all went an unblemished 3-0 against its Minnesota competition. Nick Goodell (132) and  Taylor Schmid (220) both finished 2-1.

Boyceville biggest challenge of the tournament came against Grand Rapids.

The dual was a back-and-forth affair throughout.

The teams split pinfalls through the first four matches with Boyceville’s Retz and Stuart winning.

Grand Rapids won five of the next six bouts with the Bulldogs lone win coming via Schlough’s 46-second pin at 152.

Trailing 32-18, Justin Malean scored a 4-0 decision at 170 with Trett and Garrett Joles posting pins in the next two matches to give Boyceville a 33-32 advantage.

It was shortlived, however, as Grand Rapid’s Logan Theordore pinned the Dogs’ Taylor Schmid for a 38-33 Rapids lead.

But senior Noah Novotney came through with a pinfall in the final match at 285 pounds for a one-point Bulldogs’ victory.  

Boyceville 39, Grand Rapids, MN 38

106-Dusty  Wilke (GR) pinned Eli Swanson (B), 3:50;113-Walker Retz (B) pinned  Tim Jobe (GR), 0:43; 120-Nathan Stuart (B) received forfeit; 126-Josh Holm (GR) pinned Arthur Bia (B), 1:49; 132-Jake Holm (GR) majored Nick Goodell (B), 12-4; 138-Nathaniel Burdick (GR) major Nick Litomsky (B), 14-0; 145-Kellen Schauer (GR) pinned Tanner Anderson (B), 0:59; 152-Brock Schlough (B) pinned Brendin Morlan (GR), 0:46; 160-Chad Hall (GR) received forfeit; 170-Justin Malean (B) dec. Jake Dehloff (GR), 4-0; 182-Trett Joles (B) pinned Dom Wuetrich (GR), 0:14; 195-Garrett Joles (B) pinned Mason Morrissey (GR), 2:36; 220-Logan Theodore (GR) pinned Taylor Schmid (B), 0:37; 285-Noah Novotney (B) pinned Ziek Riendeau (GR), 4:16.

It was all Boyceville from start to finish when it faced off against Pine City-Hinckley-Finlayson.

The Bulldogs shut out the Pine City cooperative winning every weight class with the exception of 160 pounds where there was a double forfeit.

Retz, Stuart, Bia, Goodell, Schlough, Trett and Garrett Joles and Novotney all won on falls.

Boyceville 75, Pine City, MN 0

106-Eli Swanson (B) received forfeit; 113-Walker Retz (B) pinned Will FIx (PC), 1:41; 120-Nathan Stuart (B) received forfeit; 126-Arthur Bia (B) pinned Summer Rockstroh (PC), 7:48; 132-Nick Goodell (B) pinned Luke Knudson (PC), 7:03; 138-Nick Litomsky (B) received forfeit; 145-Tanner Anderson (B) dec. Austin Eckert (PC), 13 – 9; 152-Brock Schlough (B) pinend Kenny Vo (PC), 1:16; 160– Double Forfeit; 170-Justin Malean (B) received forfeit; 182-Trett Joles (B) pinned Lukas Kemen (PC), 0:25; 195-Garrett Joles (B) pinned Carter Utecht (PC), 1:19; 220-Taylor Schmid (B) received forfeit; 285-Noahd Novotney (B) pinned Robert Decker (PC), 4:29.

Boyceville received six forfeits among its 11 wins in a 58-9 win over host North Branch.

The Bulldogs had just one pin in the dual – a pin by Novotney at 285 – but had tech falls by Schlough and Malean along with decisions by Goodell and Schmid.

Boyceville 58, North Branch, MN 9

106-Eli Swanson (B) received forfeit; 113Wlaker Retz (B) received forfeit; 120-Nathan Stuart (B) received forfeit; 126-Arthur Bia (B) received forfeit; 132-Nick Goodell (B) dec. Jack Anderson, Jack (NB), 8-7; 138-Austin Sonnek (NB) pinned Nick Litomsky (B), 0:39; 145-Sam Sonnek (NB) dec. Tanner Anderson (B), 7-0; 152-Brock Schlough (B) tech falled Matthew Munchow (NB), 20-3; 160-Dobule Forfeit; 170-Justin Malean (B) tech falled Isaac Maki (NB), 15-0; 182-Trett Joles (B) received forfeit; 195-Garrett Joles (B) received forfeit; 220-Taylor Schmid (B) dec. Caleb Norwig (NB), 7-0; 285-Noah Novotney (B) received forfeit. [/emember_protected]