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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Bloomer/Colfax Raptors began their season with one win and four losses at the 2019 John Timm Memorial Duals, but had two grapplers go undefeated at the Saturday, December 7 dual meet tournament in Glenwood City.
Sawyer Best and Luke Blanchard both finished 5-0 as each tallied three pins.
“We are not at full strength between eligibility issues, grades/weight, injuries, and a couple of kids who just didn’t show up and it really hurt,” said assistant coach Adam Davison. “We didn’t have a full team and lost two duals by single digits that could have gone our way had we been at full strength.”
The Raptors lost to Spooner/Webster 37-36, Triton, MN 54-27, Glenwood City 36-33, and Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 46-21. Bloomer/Colfax’s lone win came against Somerset by a count of 34-27.
Bloomer/Colfax led Spooner/Webster 36-34 going into the final match at 138 pounds but the Rails Jimmy Melton decisioned Isaac Legesse 6-3 to give Spooner/Webster the one-point win.
The Raptors trailed Spooner/Webster, 22-6, in the match but pins from Colin Bohl (195), Brison Tuschl (106), Luke Blanchard (113), Alex Poirier (126), and Sawyer Best (120) gave Bloomer/Colfax the edge heading into that final match.
“Sawyer was pretty dominant and looked the part of a returning state qualifier,” said Davison. “Bowen Rothbauer and Luke Blanchard are both looking to take steps forward from last year and both impressed.”
Colin Bohl, who wrestles in the 182-pound weight class, finished Saturday with a record of 2-3 with a pin.
Against Glenwood City the Raptors found themselves down 12-30, but cut the deficit to three points when Luke Blanchard had a win by decision, Alex Poirier won his by forfeit, and Sawyer Best pinned Jabin Hojem in 31 seconds.
Glenwood City, however, sealed the win for the Hilltoppers with a pin by Thomas Moede over Tylain Clemens in the 136-pound weight class. The Raptors’ Ethan Rubenzer scored a second-period pin in the last match of the dual to make the final score 33-36.
In their only win of the day, a 34-27 triumph over Somerset, the Raptors received three forfeits, and got pins from Kolbyn Yohnk and Luke Blanchard, along with a 16-2 major decision by Colin Bohl.
“As individuals we had multiple kids wrestling their first high school matches, or even wrestling matches period, of their careers,” Davison explained. “Colin Bohl picked up a pair of wins, and for a kid with three weeks experience in wrestling that is something to be proud of and build on.”
The records of Colfax wrestlers were Brison Tuschl 3-2 with two pins in the 106-lb. weight class, Luke Blanchard 5-0 with three pins in the 113-lb. weight class, Sawyer Best 5-0 with three pins in the 132-lb. weight class, and Colin Bohl 2-3 with a pin in the 182-lb. weight class.
The Raptors will travel to Cumberland this Thursday, December 12, for a Heart O’ North Conference dual before an early season tournament at Eau Claire North High School on Saturday, December 14. Bloomer/Colfax will then host a strong Northwest team in Bloomer next Tuesday, December 17.