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Boyceville’s young wrestling team is coming together and beginning to peak at just the right time as the tournament season begins in less than three weeks.
Despite a few holes still in its line up, the Bulldogs grapplers are showing that they are once again a force to be reckoned with.
And one needs to look no further than its latest mat encounters for proof.
Boyceville completely dominated the Mondovi Buffaloes by a score of 65-6 in last Thursday’s Dunn-St. Croix dual held in the Bulldogs’ Gymatorium.
Boyceville won 11 of the 12 contested matches including five by fall and its other victories via forfeits in the January 17 dual.
The win moved the Bulldogs to 2-0 in conference, leaving them atop the D-SC standings as the only unbeaten squad.
Boyceville then followed the conference triumph with an impressive performance in the St. Croix Falls Classic just two days later.
The Bulldogs, who are receiving honorable mention votes in the ranking poll, had nine of its 11 varsity competitors place in the January 19 tournament to help the team finish in third place with 144 points just 3.5 points behind runner-up and Big Rivers powerhouse Hudson in the 19-team tournament.
Glenwood City will be in the Dog House this Thursday, January 24 and then the Bulldogs will conclude their D-SC dual meet schedule with a trip to Durand next Tuesday, January 29.
It took Boyceville just over a half hour to dismantled Mondovi when they visited the Dog House last Thursday, January 17.
The Buffaloes returned to Mondovi with their collective tails between their legs after the Bulldogs’ thorough 65-6 domination.
Registering five falls and 11 wins in the dual’s 12 contested matches, Boyceville broke an early six all tie with ten straight victories to close out the dual.
“I was very pleased with last night’s outcome,” said Boyceville head coach Jamie Olson the day following his team’s lopsided win. “We lost just one match and that was to a ranked opponent at 220.”
The dual opened with a double forfeit at 170 pounds.
Boyceville sophomore Trett Joles put the first points on the scoreboard with a forfeit win at 182 pounds.
With another double forfeit, this one at 195, the contest moved on to 220 pounds where the Buffaloes’ Raith Bauer, seeded 12th in the D3 individual poll, took on Bulldogs’ freshman Keegan Plemon. Bauer eventual scored a late first-period pin for Mondovi’s first win.
And as it turned out, it was Mondovi’s only win of the evening.
Boyceville won the final ten matches of the dual which was sparked by junior Josh Marzofka, who won his first-ever varsity wrestling match for the Bulldogs with a 4:30 pin at 285 pounds.
“Josh Marzofka wrestled his first varsity match and really showed some savvy and mat presence getting a pin in the 3rd period,” said Coach Olson.
Freshmen Brice Evenson (106), Peyton Ponath (120) and Ira Bialzik (132) along with senior Nick Goodell (145) all scored six-point wins via forfeits for the Bulldogs.
Josiah Berg continued his outstanding freshman season with a 15-0 technical fall shut out of Mondovi’s Eli Burr at 113 pounds.
Seniors Eli Swanson and top-ranked and 3-time state champion Brock Schlough recorded the dual’s fastest pins. Swanson won his 126-pound bout in 46 seconds while Schlough registered his fall at 152 pounds in 41 ticks.
Two other Boyceville freshmen – Tyler Dormanen and Nick Hillman – also scored pins.
Dormanen scored a third-period pin at 138 pounds. Hillman capped the evening’s competition with a 3:39 fall at 160 pounds.
“Tyler Dormanen, down four points came back and dominated one of their (Mondovi’s) best kids,” said Olson. “Nick Hillman also wrestled a great match coming from behind and ending up with bonus points. These two freshman are really coming on.”
Boyceville 65, Mondovi 6
170-Double Forfeit; 182-Tretten Joles (BV) received forfeit; 195-Double Forfeit; 220-Raith Bauer (M) pinned Keegan Plemon (BV), 1:51; 285-Josh Marzofka (BV) pinned Justin Rykal (M), 4:30; 106-Brice Evenson (BV) received forfeit; 113-Josiah Berg (BV) tech falled Eli Burr (M), 15-0; 120-Peyton Ponath (BV) received forfeit; 126-Eli Swanson (BV) pinned Ashton Crawford (M), 0:46; 132-Ira Bialzik (BV) received forfeit; 138-Tyler Dormanen (BV) pinned Lance Crawford (M), 5:12; 145-Nick Goodell (BV) received forfeit; 152-Brock Schlough (BV) pinned Payton Leirmo (M), 0:41; 160-Nick Hillman (BV) pinned Brandon Wagner (M), 3:39.
St. Croix Falls Classic
Although Boyceville competed with just 11 varsity wrestlers in last Saturday’s annual St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic, nine of them earned medals to propel the Bulldogs to a top three finish.
Accumulating 144 points, Boyceville placed third in a strong field of 19 teams that competed in the January 19 invitational. The Bulldogs final score was a mere 3.5 points off runner-up Hudson’s tally of 147.5. Host St. Croix Falls, ranked fourth in the D3 state team poll, won the meet with 178.5 points.
Senior Brock Schlough (152) and sophomore Tretten Joles (182) were again Boyceville’s top scoring and medal winners. The pair finished 4-0 Saturday to win gold in their respective weight classes and improved to a perfect 32-0 on the season.
Josiah Berg, who now has 28 wins in his 32 freshman-season matches, placed third at 106 pounds with a 3-1 record.
Senior Nick Goodell (145) and freshman Tyler Dormanen (138) both finished in fifth after 4-1 performances. Josh Marzofka (285) and Ira Bialzik (132) both took sixth, Nate Stuart placed seventh at 126 pounds, and Eli Swanson was eighth at 120.
Boyceville also had three wrestlers place in the junior varsity tournament. Tanner Anderson was second at 132, Greg Moore placed fourth at 285 and Peyton Ponath scored a fifth at 120.