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Another busy week saw Boyceville wrestle in a half dozen duals over a three-day span.
The Bulldogs finished with a 3-3 mark last week including a 2-3 record in the Chieftains Duals in Osceola.
Hosting Bloomer/Colfax for a non-conference dual Thursday, December 16, Boyceville dominated the action taking a 60 to 24 win over the Raptors.
Then two days later, the Bulldogs went to Osceola for the annual Chieftain Duals. The locals finished with just two wins in its five duals at the eight-school tournament. Boyceville picked up wins against Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren (L/F/G/S) 42-36 and Barron 39-30 but, lost to D2 state-ranked Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 60-18, Clear Lake 42-36, and Cumberland 48-27.
The Bulldogs next mat action will take place Wednesday and Thursday, December 29 and 30 when they go to River Falls High School for the annual Northern Badger Classic.
Boyceville opened the Thursday, December 16 home dual with five straight, first-period pins, to take a quick 30 to 0 lead.
Recording falls during that span were Ira Bialzik (170), Tyler Dormanen (182), Bash Nielson (195), John Klefstad (220), and Keegan Plemon (285).
Aiden Anderson secured the Raptor’s first points when he was awarded a forfeit at 106 pounds. Brison Tuschl and James McElroy followed with pins at 120 and 126 pounds, respectively, to pull Bloomer/Colfax to within 12 points of Boyceville at 30-18.
But, the host Bulldogs put the dual out of reach when they received forfeits at the next four weight classes (132, 138, 145, and 152).
In the final match of the evening, Bowen Rothbauer pinned Boyceville’s Brayan Vasquez at 160 pounds to account for the 60-24 final score.
Boyceville 60, Bloomer/Colfax 24
170-Ira Bialzik (B) pinned Ethan Rubenzer (B/C), :43; 182-Tyler Dormanen (B) pinned Brady Schindler (B/C), 1:53; 195-Bash Nielson (B) pinned Kendra Hammond (B/C), 0:43; 220-John Klefstad (B) pinned Samy Espinal (B/C), :35; 285-Keegan Plemon (B) pinned Dylyn Hiitola (B/C), 0:45; 106: Aiden Anderosn (B/C) received forfeit; 113: Double Forfeit; 120: Brison Tuschl (B/C) pinned Wyatt Sell (B), :24; 126-James McElroy (B/C) pinned Ryler Benitz (B), :43; 132-Emma Gruenhagen (B) received forfeit; 138-Jake Bialzik (B) received forfeit; 145-Jeffrey Rubusch received forfeit; 152-Keegan Cole (B) received forfeit; 160-Bowen Rothbauer (B/C) pinned Brayan Vasquez (B), 1:11.
While Boyceville, who remained shorthanded, finished with just two wins in the five duals it wrestled at the Chieftain Tournament in Osceola December 18, it had three individuals go unbeaten.
Tyler Dormanen (182), Bash Nielson (195) and Keegan Plemon (285) all finished the tournament with 5-0 records. Dormanen and Nielson each had a trio of pins among their five victories while Plemon finished with two.
In addition, 220-pound senior John Klefstad went 4-1 on the day with all of his wins coming via pin falls.
Jack Bialzik was 3-2 at 138 pounds.
In its 60-18 loss to Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, Boyceville won just three matches. Dormanen and Nielson scored back-to-back pins at 182 and 195 pounds while Keegan Plemon received a forfeit at heavyweight.
N/G/L won the first nine matches of the dual including six by fall.
The Bulldogs then took on familiar foe Clear Lake in the next round.
An opening-match forfeit to Wyatt Sell at 113 pounds and another for Jake Bialzik at 138 pounds were Boyceville’s only wins in the first nine matches as they trailed 42-12.
The Bulldogs then won four straight matches from 182 to heavyweight as Dormanen (182) and Plemon (285) received forfeits, and Nielson and Klefstad registered first-period pins at 195 and 220 pounds, respectively, only to come up six points short in a 42-36 loss.
Once again, Boyceville fell behind early in its next match which was against Cumberland.
Spotting the Beavers a 36-0 advantage, the Bulldogs tried to rally as they won five of the six matches from 160 to 285 pounds. During that period, Brayan Vasquez won a 7-3 decision at 160, Dormanen (182) and Klefstad 220) pinned, and Nielson and Plemon were awarded forfeits to get Boyceville to 42-27.
Cumberland, however, capped the dual with a pin at 113 pounds for the 48-27 win.
The tide would finally turn for the Bulldogs in their final two duals of the tournament as they grabbed wins over Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren and Barron.
In both of those duals, Boyceville took early leads.
In the L/F/G/S contest, Ryker Benitz (126), Emma Gruenhagen (132), and Jake Bialzik (138) were awarded three consecutive forfeits to open the match which gave the Bulldogs an 18-0 lead.
L/F/G/S, however, took the next three matches with pins to knot the score.
But, the Bulldogs would win four straight to salt away its first win as Dormanen (182), Klefstad (220), and Plemon (285) all recorded pins while Nielson (195) received a forfeit to boost Boyceville’s advantage to 42-18.
L/F/G/S received two forfeits and earned a pin in the final three matches to make the final score much closer at 42-36.
In the final dual of the day, Boyceville took on Barron.
Emma Gruenhagen and Jake Bialzik opened the dual with pins at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively. The Bulldogs then won five straight matches from 170 to 285 pounds to take the 39-30 win. During that win streak, Jake Gruenhagen (170), Nielson (195) and Klefstad (220) all won on falls, Dormanen (182) was awarded a forfeit and Keegan Plemon decisioned the Golden Bears’ William Weise, 5-4, in the heavyweight match.