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SUPERIOR — Taking on a pair of former conference opponents from their time in the Heart O’ North, the Bloomer/Colfax Raptor wrestlers split a pair of duals hosted at Superior Senior High School Thursday, January 6.
Bloomer/Colfax took care of business in their dual with host Superior Spartans as the Raptors posted a 48-33 victory but were soundly defeated, 66-12, by the state-ranked Northwestern Tigers.
The Raptors, 4-5 overall but 2-0 in Cloverbelt action, hosted the Stanley-Boyd Orioles in a conference dual in Colfax last evening (Tuesday, January 11) for Parents’ Night and will be in Ladysmith on Saturday, January 15 for a multi-school invitational.
Although the host Spartans received a pair of forfeits (132 and 145) to start the dual, the Raptors countered with four pins in the first six matches and finished with six total (all coming in the first period) to go along with a pair of their own forfeits to claim the 48-33 win.
Colfax’s Luke Blanchard had one of those half dozen Raptor falls as he registered a 1:33 pin over the Spartan’s Eric Winterscheidt at 152 pounds. Fellow Colfax wrestlers Aiden Anderson (106) and Brison Tuschl (120) picked up B/C’s two forfeits.
The Raptors other pins were turned in by Alex Poirier (138), Bowen Rothbauer (160), Ethan Rubenzer (170), Samy Espinal (220), and James McElroy (126).
Bloomer/Colfax 48, Superior 33
132-Logan Jennings (S) received forfeit; 138-Alex Poirier (B/C) pinned Jonah Peterson (S), 1:22; 145-Jason Thomas (S) received forfeit; 152-Luke Blanchard (B/C) pinned Eric Winterscheidt (S), 1:33; 160-Bowen Rothbauer (B/C) pinned Joshua Johnson (S), 1:46; 170-Ethan Rubenzer (B/C) pinned Devon Surla (S), 1:45; 182-Jakob Johnson (S) dec. Brady Schindler (B/C), 10-3; 195-Will Lampton (S) pinned Brok McCann (B/C), 5:01; 220-Samy Espinal (B/C) pinned Bo Waletzko (S), 1:20; 285-Trevor Derick (S) pinned Hunter Steward (B/C), 2:28; 106-Gage Rusk (S) received forfeit; 113– Gage Ruck (S) received forfeit; 120-Brison Tuschl (B/C) oreceived forfeit; 126-James McElroy (B/C) pinned Fjeordi Johnson (S), 0:25; 106-Aiden Anderson (B/C) received forfeit.
Northwestern, listed as an honorable mention in the latest Division 2 state team poll, flexed its muscles against the Bloomer/Colfax squad in Superior last Thursday.
The Tigers won 12 of the dual’s 14 matches including six by pin fall, three on forfeits, one via a technical fall (win by 15 points or more) and another on a major decision (an eight plus point win), to claim a 66 to 12 blowout victory.
The Raptors’ only wins came on consecutive pins by Luke Blanchard and Bowen Rothbauer at 152 and 160 pounds, respectively. Blanchard stuck the Tigers’ Charlie Landwehr in 1:28.
Aiden Anderson lost by fall at 106 and Brison Tuschl lost 16-1 at 120 pounds.
Northwestern 66, Bloomer/Colfax 12
106-Logan Jones (N) pinned Aiden Anderson (B/C), 5:11; 113-Micheal Jarman (N) received forfeit; 120-Tommy Brown (N) tech falled Brison Tuschl (B/C), 16-1 (5:43); 126-Camren Benesch (N) over James McElroy (B/C), 2:40; 132-Aaron Gergen (N) received forfeit; 138-Logan Trautt (N) dec. Alex Poirier (B/C), 7-1; 145-Mark Jarman (N) received forfeit; 152-Luke Blanchard (B/C) pinned Charlie Landwehr (N), 1:28; 160-Bowen Rothbauer (B/C) pinned Jesse Larson (N), 3:02; 170-Tanner Kaufman (N) pinned Ethan Rubenzer (B/C), 5:55; 182-Jay Kaufman (N) pinned Evan Nitek (B/C), 0:26; 195-Ian Smith (N) pinned Brok McCann (B/C), 0:38; 220-Devon Walker (N) majored Samy Espinal (B/C), 12-2; 285-Andrew Bourque (N) pinned Hunter Steward (B/C), 1:15.