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Black Hawk grapplers post 3-2 record at Ridge & Rivers duals
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    CAZENOVIA - Black Hawk’s Jared Pickett went 5-0 on the day in the 120-pound class to help the Warriors posted a 3-2 team record on the mats at the 2012 Ridge & Rivers Conference Duals at Weston High School on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    Pickett posted three pins on the way to a first-place finish at 120. Caleb Novak at 106, Colin Novak at 113, Dakota Meier at 145 and Taime Paul at 170 all went 4-1 for the Warriors (4-2 overall).
    Black Hawk notched wins over North Crawford/Seneca (46-30), Kickapoo/La Farge (42-36) and River Ridge/Cassville (33-27), and lost matches to Weston/Ithaca (60-24) and De Soto (53-22) to end up 3-2 on the day.
    Beau Holland went 3-2 at 132, while Mike Powers picked up two forfeit wins for the Warriors at 285.
    Weston/Ithaca defeated De Soto by a score of 45-30 to finish 5-0 and keep the team title at home.
    Black Hawk will participate in the Beloit Turner Duals on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 8 a.m. The Warriors head to Fennimore for a non-conference dual meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

Team Standings: Weston/Ithaca 5-0, De Soto 4-1, Black Hawk 3-2, River Ridge/Cassville 2-3, North Crawford/Seneca 1-4, Kickapoo/La Farge 0-5.

Black Hawk Individual Results: 106-pounds- Caleb Novak, 4-1; 113- Colin Novak, 4-1; 120- Jared Pickett, 5-0; 126- Evan Fair, 1-4; 132- Beau Holland, 3-2; 138- NW; 145- Dakota Meier, 4-1; 152- Stephen Detra, 1-4; 160- Logan Stietz, 1-4; 170- Taime Paul, 4-1; 182- NW; 195- Dean Schlittler, 0-1; 220- NW; 285- Mike Powers, 2-0.
At Weston HS, on Saturday, Dec. 8

Redbirds earn three wins at Horicon Duals
    HORICON – Four Darlington wrestlers picked up four wins apiece to lead the Redbirds to a third-place finish at the 2012 Horicon Dual Meet Tournament held on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    The Redbirds posted wins over DeForest (51-18), Waterloo (48-27) and Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah (36-28) and lost matches to Horicon (33-42) and Markesan (30-43) to finish the day with a 3-2 record.
    The host Marshmen used a 46-36 win over the Hornets to claim the team title at their own meet with a 5-0 record.
    Senior Alex Schulte pinned his way to a 4-1 record at 170-pounds, registering three first-period falls among his four pins to lead the ‘Birds.
    Sophomores Casey Lobdell at 152 and Zach Wolf at 285 each went 4-1 with two pins, while Jeremy Wick went 4-0 with all wins coming by forfeit.
    Senior Patrick Roche posted three pins to go 3-2 at 132/138, and Slade Norton went 3-2 with two pins at 182. Edgar Mendez at 120 and Kyrin Halvorson at 126 also went 3-2, while Brandon Aardahl at 113 and Cruz Bahena at 220 each went 2-3.
    At Darlington, on Friday, Dec. 7, Iowa-Grant recorded six pins and took advantage of four forfeits to roll over the Redbirds, 63-12, in their SWAL opener.
    Alex Schulte pinned Ross Caygill in 5:25 at 170-pounds, while Conrad Blosch earned an 8-4 decision over Alex Pillow at 160 and Kyrin Halvorson closed the night with a 6-2 win over McClain Marshall at 126.
    Darlington heads to Fennimore for a SWAL dual on Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 7 p.m. The Redbirds will also participate at the Richland Center Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 10 a.m.

Team Standings: Horicon 5-0, Markesan 4-1, Darlington 3-2, Waterloo n/a, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah n/a, DeForest n/a.

Darlington Individual Results: 106-pounds- NW; 113- Brandon Aardahl, 2-3; 120- Edgar Mendez, 3-2; 126- Kyrin Halvorson, 3-2; 132/138- Patrick Roche, 3-2; Jeremy Wick 4-0; 145- Nathan Fleming, 1-4; 152- Casey Lobdell, 4-1; 160- Conrad Blosch, 1-4; 170- Alex Schulte, 4-1; 182- Slade Norton, 3-2; 195- NW; 220- Cruz Bahena, 2-3; 285- Zach Wolf, 4-1.
At Horicon HS, on Saturday, Dec. 8
Iowa-Grant/Highland 63, Darlington 12
Individual Results: 132-pounds- Saturn pinned Jeremy Wick, D, 3:58; 138- Nowak pinned Patrick Roche, D, 5:12; 145- T. Sarbacker, IG/H, won by forfeit; 152- Halverson dec. Casey Lobdell, D, 4-2; 160- Conrad Blosch, D, dec. Pillow, 8-4; 170- Alex Schulte, D, pinned Caygill, 5:25; 182- Soderstrom pinned Slade Norton, D, 1:14; 195- Rider, IG/H, won by forfeit; 220- Peat pinned Jordan Johnson, D, :11; 285- Ben McFall pinned Zach Wolf, D, 3:28; 106- Jenkins, IG/H, won by forfeit; 113- S. Sarbacker, IG/H, won by forfeit; 120- Jenks pinned Edgar Mendez, D, 1:15; 126- Kyrin Halvorson, D, dec. Marshall, 6-2.
At Darlington, on Friday, Dec. 7

Two Braves place 2nd at Raider Scramble
by Jason Nihles
    BELLEVILLE — After opening the SWC duals season with a 54-18 loss to Richland Center last Tuesday, the Belmont/Platteville wrestling team returned to action Saturday at the eight-team Sugar River Invitational the Raider Scramble.
    With just seven wrestlers in their lineup, the shorthanded Braves held their own on an individual basis, but as a team struggled to score points with a half-vacant line-up.
    Belmont/Platteville scored 62 points and finished eighth as a team– Mount Horeb/Barneveld won the team title with 195 points– but earned four top four finishes.
    Platteville senior Vinny Anderson (5-1) and Belmont junior Lucas Stoney (7-3) both finished the day with second-place finishes at the tournament that was half round-robin pool wrestling and half single-elimination tournament, Anderson at 182 pounds, Stoney at 220.
    Belmont junior John Hentrich (6-5) finished fourth at 138, as did Platteville’s Peter Holloway (4-7) at 145.
    “The team is coming along very well,” said first-year coach Andrew Campbell. “ We are fighting off some sickness and ringworm at the moment, but all of our new guys seem to be coming along nice. We still have a long ways to go but we can see improvement in them every day in practice.”
    Anderson went a perfect 3-0 in his round-robin pool with a decision, a pin and a 7-3 double overtime victory over Monroe’s Dusty Burkhalter to reach the four-man championship bracket.
    He defeated Cuba City/Southwestern’s Forrest Thill, 8-5, in the semifinals, before suffering a 10-3 loss to Brodhead/Juda’s Hunter Colden in the 182-pound title match.
    Stoney overcame a 10-7 loss to Sugar River’s A.J. Halbach in his first round-robin match with back-to-back pins to reach the championship round, where he pinned Sugar River Reserves’ Manuel Gomez in 1:28 to make the finals.
    Stoney dropped a 7-3 decision to Monroe’s undefeated Trevor Gorr (11-0) in the 220-pound championship.
    “Both had amazing days,” added Campbell. “Vinny wrestled very well and had to win a match in double over time in his second match of the day. When he got to the finals he had to wrestle Hunter Colden from Brodhead Juda, who is ranked number one in the state. He lost by a final score of 10-7, but proved that he can wrestle with the best kids around.
    Lucas was able to come back after a first round loss of the tournament to win his pool and make the championship bracket and the finals. In his finals match, he had to wrestle Trever Gorr from Monroe, ranked number two in the state. Lucas lost the match when he got taken down in the final 30 seconds. Again, we proved that we can wrestle with the best kids around.”
    The Braves will travel to Dodgeville on Friday, Dec. 14, for another SWC dual, starting at 7 p.m. and the Braves will take part in the Richland Center Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m.

Team Standings: Mt. Horeb/Barneveld 195, Brodhead/Juda 2-3, Monroe 150, Dodgeville 117, Evansville/Albany 116, Sugar River 114.5, Cuba City/Southwestern 94, Belmont/Platteville 62, Reserves 0.

Belmont-Platteville Individual Results: 106-pounds- NW; 113- NW; 120- NW; 126- 7- Cora Cornett, 1-4; 132- NW; 138- 4- John Hentrich, 2-3; 145- 4- Peter Holloway, 2-3; 152- NW; 160- 8- Austin Loeffelholz, 0-5; 170- 6- Trevor Oaks, 2-3; 182- 2- Vinny Anderson, 4-1; 195- NW; 220- 2- Lucas Stoney, 3-2; 285- NW.
Richland Center 54,
Belmont/Platteville 18
Individual Results: 145-pounds- Kerian pinned Peter Holloway, B/P, :48; 152- Butcher pinned Devin Droster, B/P, :31; 160- Benker pinned Austin Loeffoelholz, B/P, 3:30; 170- Kild pinned Trevor Oaks, B/P, 1:11; 182- Vinny Anderson, B/P, pinned Coleman, 1:11; 195- Double forfeit; 220- Simons, RC, won by forfeit; 285- Lucas Stoney, B/P, won by forfeit; 106- Orr, RC, won by forfeit; 113- Double forfeit; 120- Curtis, RC, won by forfeit; 126- Chaefer, RC, won by forfeit; 132- Whitney pinned Cora Cornett, B/P, :41; 138- John Hentrich, B/P, pinned Dille, 5:22.
At Belmont, on Tuesday, Dec. 4