The Viroqua wrestling team evened their season dual record at 1-1 Thursday, Dec. 7, cruising past Richland Center 51-24, in a match in front of a full house at the VHS gymnasium. The match was the annual Free-T-Shirt Night.
Six of the matches ended in forfeit wins, five going to the host Blackhawks at 106, 113, 120, 170 and 182. RC’s only forfeit win came at 285.
The first wrestled match of the night resulted in a 17-1 technical fall victory for RC’s Isaac Jones over Viroqua sophomore Cole Mayberry. VHS senior Casey Leer made quick work of his match with a :34 pin over Gus Donovan at 132.
Viroqua freshman Aaron Dobbs wrestled a strong match at 138 before coming up on the short end of a 9-6 score. Senior Ryan Hannah got the Hawks back on the winning track with a 1:42 first-period pin at 145 over the Hornets’ Nathan Coleman.
Next up it was RC’s Jaren Hill defeating Viroqua’s Ben Froiseth 12-4 at 152. The back and forth battle continued as Viroqua junior Colton Fox picked up a 2:34 pin win over Gavin Craig at 160.
The next wrestled match of the night and the most competitive match came at 185, where Blackhawk sophomore Paul Nickelotti earned a hard-fought 7-4 victory over RC’s Evan Thomas. Alex Peters closed out the match with a 1:19 pin over Viroqua’s Braxton Cary at 220.
The VHS grapplers placed fouth at the annual Tomah Scramble, 14-team tournament, held Saturday, Dec. 9. The Blackhawks claimed three individual championships and a second-place finish at the event.
Freshman Cale Anderson remained unbeaten in 11 matches this season, taking first-place honors at 106 with a bye, two consecutive pins in 1:09 and 1:07, a 20-4 tech-fall and a 9-1 major decision.
VHS sophomore Josh Frye also kept his season record perfect at 11-0 en route to the championship at 113 with a first-round bye, followed by four consecutive decision wins by scores of 11-5, 4-3, 4-3 and 9-6 in the championship bout over Logan Turben of Westby.
Mayberry placed 10th at 126 with a 3-2 record with a pair of first- and second-round byes, a pin win in 1:44 in round three before losing his final two matches.
Tyler Hannah wrapped up the Blackhawks’ third individual championship, extending his unbeaten season record to 10-0, going 5-0 on the day, including a bye, a 1:10 pin, an injury default, a 3:24 pin and an 11-3 major decision over Westby’s Conor Vatland in the finals.
Leer improved his season record to 10-1 and a second-place medal at 132 going 4-1 at the Scramble, winning by virtue of a 2:10 pin in the opening round, before dropping a 7-2 decision in round two, then bouncing back for a decision win in round three and back-to-back pin wins, 3:44 and 1:11, in the final two rounds.
Other place winners for the Hawks included Colton Fox (160) fifth, Cary (220) sixth, Nickelotti (185) seventh, Froiseth (152) eighth, Ben Sherry (285) eigth, Dobbs (138) ninth, Mayberry (126) 10th, Zach Fox (145) 11th and Dalton Hardy (195) 11th.
Lancaster won the team title with 453 points, Baraboo was next with 441, followed by Tomah 395, Viroqua 351, Caledonia, Minnesota 346, Westby 269, West Salem/Bangor 251, Mauston 243, Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek 243, Mosinee 217, Richland Center 189, G-E-T/ Melrose Mindoro 176, Royall 173 and Boscobel 156.