It was a short night of wrestling at the Viroqua High School gymnasium, Tuesday, Jan. 9, as the Blackhawks made quick work of the Arcadia Raiders, routing the Raiders 81-0.
In addition to winning seven of the 14 bouts by forfeit, the Blackhawks also dominated the wrestled matches. Only one bout went the distance, ending in a 6-3 decision victory to Viroqua’s Dalton Hardy at 195. All others were pin wins recorded by the Blackhawks and only three of those reached into the second period.
Cale Anderson (currently ranked No. 4 in the state in Division 2) won his 106-pound match with a 1:13 pin. Aaron Dobbs did the same at 138, just 33 seconds into the second period. Ryann Hannah (ranked second in Division 2) picked up a quick 1:13 pin in his 145-pound bout. Ben Froiseth at 152, turned in the fastest pin of the night, taking just 20 seconds to dispose of his opponent. Colton Fox earned a pin win at 160 just nine seconds into the middle period and Paul Nickelotti recorded a 2:54 pin at 185.
Forfeit winners for VHS included Josh Frye (113), Jay Lind (120), Lucas Oldham (126), Casey Leer (132), Tyler Hannah (170), Braxton Cary (220) and Ben Sherry (285).
The VHS grapplers won their second team tournament championship of the season Saturday, Jan. 13, winning the title at an event hosted by Ithaca/Weston. The Blackhawks dominated the competition piling up 253 team points while capturing four individual championships, a pair of seconds and a third-place finisher, at the 16-team event.
Wisconsin Dells finished a distant second with 218, followed by Ithaca/Weston with 191.5, Richland Center 166, New Lisbon 154, La Crosse Logan 127, Blair Taylor 118, Pecatonica/Argyle 114, Cambridge 90, Cuba City/Southwestern 82, River Ridge/Cassville 78, River Valley 57, Viroqua JV 54, Poynette 47, De Soto 27 and Sparta JV 24.
Anderson (32-3) pinned his way through the first four rounds at 106, recording falls in each, the longest of which took just 1:33. Anderson won the championship match with ease as well with a 19-4 technical-fall over La Crosse Logan’s Kailix Roe in 4:4
Frye (28-5) made it two titles in a row for the Hawks, earning a championship at 113. Frye began with a pair of byes, followed by a hard-fought 3-2 decision over Noah Krahenbuhl (15-9) of Pecatonica/Argyle in the quarterfinals, a quick 25-second pin in the semifinals. The first-place match had an interesting twist as it featured a pair of Viroqua wrestlers, as freshman Lind (Viroqua JV 6-2) also advanced to the championship bout. Frye won the match and the title with an 11-2 major decision over his Blackhawk sparring partner.
Lind earned his way to the finals with a first-round bye, a 3-1 win over Krahenbuhl in round two, another bye, followed by a 5:35 pin in the semifinals, before the finals loss to Frye.
Ryan Hannah improved his season record to 29-1 and his career mark to 166-16, en route to winning the 145-pound championship. Hannah cruised through the first three rounds with pins in 1:42, 1:07 and 1:41, before earning a 17-0 technical-fall over Logan’s Dallas Kapanke (21-8) in the semifinals and a 16-4 major decision in the title bout over Ithaca/Weston’s Gavin Burch (22-5).
Tyler Hannah (170) wrapped up the Blackhawks’ fourth championship, opening with a bye in round one, followed by four consecutive pins none of which extended into the second period, coming in 1:34, :54, :42 and 1:19. The younger Hannah improved his season mark to 32-3 with the championship.
Leer (22-11) secured a second-place finish for the Blackhawks at 132, opening with first-period pin wins in each of the first three rounds in times of :25, :46 and 1:48, disposing of his third- round opponent with an 8-3 decision, before dropping the title match in overtime to Jacob Rogers (24-5) of New Lisbon.
Dobbs (22-11) picked up the other second-place finish at 138 with three consecutive early pin wins in 1:37, :43 and :30 in the first three rounds. Dobbs, a freshman, followed with a dominating 11-5 decision in the semifinals before dropping the championship match to Warrick Wolf (15-1) of Richland Center on a 6-4 decision.
Nickelotti (19-13) battled his way to a third-place medal at 180, winning his first three matches with a bye, a 2:27 pin and a pin in 1:24 in the quarterfinals. Nickelotti, a freshman, lost his semifinal round bout in a third-period fall, then rebounded to win the third-place match with a 10-9 decision over Ithaca/Weston’s Jake Wagner.
Other place winners for the Blackhawks included Oldham (14-7) placing fifth at 126, Froiseth (12-17) seventh at 152, Remmington Running (9-11) sixth at 160, Cary (12-17) seventh at 220, Sherry (7-17) seventh at 285 and Hardy (7-21) eighth at 195.
The Blackhawk mat-men were scheduled to compete at Westby Jan. 16, before closing out the regular season with a Coulee Conference match at home versus Black River Falls Jan. 25. The VHS grapplers begin the postseason with the conference tournament hosted by Westby Feb. 3, followed by the WIAA regionals at Adams-Friendship Feb. 10. Viroqua will host the WIAA team sectionals Feb. 13.