Westby crowned one champion and three grapplers placed second when the Norsemen hosted the Coulee Conference Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3. At 152 pounds, Ryan Knight, captured the title in a tough battle to the end winning by a 11-9 decision over Jaden Anderson of Melrose Mindoro/G-E-T.
Second place finishes for Westby included: 106 pounds, Trevor Lemke of Westby placed second after he lost by technical fall, 17-1, to Cale Anderson of Viroqua 120 pounds, Dallas Geier of Westby placed second after a quick .46 second pin by Jack Marley of Melrose Mindoro/G-E-T 170 pounds, Conor Vatland of Westby lost by a 13-5 major decision to Tyler Hannah of Viroqua.
Westby Head Coach Rob Kirner said the Norsemen wrestlers did a great job at the Coulee Conference meet, with a few wrestlers avenging losses during the Westby Duals this year or from last season.
“Avenging a loss is always nice to see because it shows improvement,” Kirner said.
Westby finished in fourth place as a team without competing in the four upper weight classes, 182, 195, 220, or 285 pounds. Melrose Mindoro/G-E-T won the event with 345 points, Viroqua 246, West Salem/Bangor 239, Westby 177, Arcadia 93, and Black River Falls 63½.
“If we had guys at those upper weight classes, I believe we would be in a battle for second place with Viroqua,” Kirner said.
Additional Coulee Conference results for Westby: 113 pounds, Logan Turben placed third 126, Dakota Bakkestuen placed fourth 132, Gus Klum placed fourth 138, Austin Mowery placed third 145, Bjorn Leum placed fourth 160, Justin Erdman placed third.
Westby travels to Adams-Friendship on Saturday, Feb. 10, for the Regional Tournament.
COULEE CONFERENCE MEET
Team scores: Mel.-Min./G-E-T 345, Viroqua 246, West Salem/Bangor 239, Westby 177, Arcadia 93, Black River Falls 63½.
106: Cale Anderson (V) tech. fall Trevor Lemke (W) 17-1 113: Josh Frye (V) dec. Colton Sime (MMGET) 8-5 120: Jack Marley (MMGET) pinned Dallas Geier (W) :46 126: Julian Purney (MMGET) pinned Caiden Buehler (WSB) 1:38 132: Dalton Schams (WSB) pinned Sam Johnson (MMGET) 1:09 138: Aaron Bahr (WSB) def. Jacob Summers (MMGET) by medical forfeit 145: Ryan Hannah (V) pinned Joe Hess (WSB) 4:53 152: Ryan Knight (W) dec. Jaden Anderson (MMGET) 11-9 160: William Johnson (MMGET) dec. Joe Wopat (WSB) 8-3 170: Tyler Hannah (V) maj. dec. Conor Vatland (W) 13-5 182: Landon Lockington (MMGET) pinned Paul Nickelotti (V) 5:19 195: Bryce Burns (MMGET) pinned Sean Johnson (BRF) 1:54 220: Sam Jansen (MMGET) maj. dec. Ethan Osley (BRF) 11-1 285: Josh Marciulionis (MMGET) pinned Ben Sherry (V) 1:14.