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GLENWOOD CITY — Boosted by solid individual performances, the Bloomer/Colfax wrestling squad opened the 2018-19 season with a third-place finish at the annual John Timm Memorial Duals held last Saturday, December 1 in Glenwood City.
Five grapplers including three unbeatens finished with winning records for the Bloomer/Colfax cooperative.
Colfax’s Luke Blanchard, a freshman 106-pounder, capped his first high school varsity tournament with a perfect 5-0 mark while junior Trey Hovde finished 4-0 wrestling at 138 pounds. Another freshman, Alex Poirier, made a clean sweep of his first varsity matches at 106 pounds to also finish with an unblemished 5-0 record. Junior Cal Lueck and freshman Bowen Rothbauer both went 4-1 at 152 and 160 pounds respectively.
As a team, the Blackhawks, who tied for second in last year’s competition, placed third with 3-2 mark and posted wins over Glenwood City (42-36), Somerset (48-27) and Triton, MN (34-24). Bloomer/Colfax lost to eventual champion and Heart O’ North foe Spooner (48-27) in the opening round of action and runner-up and last year’s winner Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal (57-18) in the final round.
The Blackhawks opened their season and day against Spooner.
The Rails opened with four wins in the first five matches as Trey Hovde’s pin over Cole Ott at 138 pounds was the Blackhawks lone victory. Cal Lueck (forfeit) and Bowen Rothbauer (pin) earned consecutive six-point wins for B/C at 152 and 160 pounds only to have Spooner take the next five straight for a 48-18 lead. Blanchard earned a shut-out decision and Poirier pinned in the final two bouts for B/C to make the final 48- 27.
Bloomer/Colfax garnered its first dual win with a close 42-36 win over host Glenwood City in round two.
After forfeiting at 126 pounds to begin the match, the Blackhawks’ four of the next five weight classes as both teams forfeited at 145 pounds. Freshmen Brody Lueck (138) and Bowen Rothbauer (160) bookended pins around a pair of GC forfeits. The Hilltoppers rallied for five straight wins – four falls and a forfeit – to forge a 30-24 lead. It was short lived, however, as the Blackhawks got a pin from Thomas Geist at 285 pounds and forfeits at 106 and 113 pounds to win 42-36.
With several holes in its line-up, the Spartans of Somerset surrendered six forfeits to Bloomer/Colfax who also added pin falls by Trey Hovde and Cal Lueck to win the third-round match 48-27.
In their fourth match of the day, Bloomer/Colfax clashed with Triton High School of Minnesota.
The Blackhawks bounded out to an early 9-0 lead thanks to decisions by Hovde (138), Cal Lueck (152) and Rothbauer (160). But the Cobras struck for a pin and a forfeit at the next two weight classes to move in front 12-9. Bloomer/Colfax was awarded consecutive forfeits to retake the advantage at 21-12. The Triton heavyweight pinned B/C’s Thomas Geist to narrow the gap to three points but the Blackhawks won three straight with Blanchard pinning, Poirier majoring and Isaac Lagesse earning a 6-2 decision at 120 pounds for a 34-24 team win.
Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal handily defeated Bloomer/Colfax 57-18 in the final match of the tournament. N/G/L won five matches by falls and four others on forfeits and took a tenth win at 160 pounds where Nathan Buchanan nipped the Blackhawks Bowen Rothbauer 2-1. Bloomer/Colfax’s victories came on a pair of decisions at 285 pounds where Geist won 8-6 in overtime and Blanchard shut out Jarick Young 2-0 at 106 and via forfeits at 113 and 120 pounds.
Colfax will host it one wrestling dual of the season this Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. when the Blackhawks take on HON foe Ladysmith. Bloomer/Colfax will then head to Eau Claire North on Saturday, December 8 for the Husky Invitational which gets underway at 10 a.m.