ORFORDVILLE – Thursday’s dual meet all came down to 120-pounder Jared Pickett, and the Black Hawk junior didn’t disappoint.
Pickett pinned Parkview’s Collin Hatvelig in the first period of the final match of the night to snap a 34 all tie as the Warriors rallied for a 40-34 come-from-behind victory over the host Vikings in a non-conference prep wrestling match at PHS on Jan. 10.
The teams were all deadlocked through 12 contested matches as each registered two pins, a major decision and three forfeit wins to account for their 34 points.
The Vikings built up an early 34-10 advantage on the Warriors through eight matches, but a 14-6 major decision by sophomore Beau Holland over Parkview’s Aaron Hatlevig at 138-pounds and a 1:20 fall by junior Dakota Meier over the Vikings’ Trystyn Mould at 145 kept the Warriors within striking distance.
Dean Schlittler and Mike Powers received forfeits at 195 and 285, respectively, around a double forfeit at 220 to whittle the hosts’ lead to 34-22, and then Caleb Novak notched a fall over Sam Gordon in 4:27 at 106 and Colin Novak followed with a forfeit win at 113 to bring the Warriors all the way back to even heading into the final match.
With it all coming down to the 120-pound match, Pickett sent the Warriors home sporting big smiles on their faces when he notched the match-winning pin at the 1:11 mark of the opening period.
At Cazenovia, on Saturday, Jan. 12, junior Dakota Meier pinned his way to the 145-pound title to highlight Black Hawk’s day at the Ithaca/Weston Invitational.
Meier (24-4 rec.) posted pins in three of his first four matches to advance to the finals at 145, and he locked up the title with an 18-11 major decision over Reedsburg’s Mack Bautch.
Joe Quinn (11-10) used pins over Richland Center’s Isaac Orr (:43) and De Soto’s Ben King (2:23) to place fifth at 106, while Colin Novak (23-4) went 4-1 on the day with a pin, a major decision, a decision and a bye to take fifth at 113.
Jared Pickett (24-4) went 3-2 at 120 to finish sixth for the Warriors. Richland Center’s Andrew Gander posted a 19-6 major decision over Pickett in the fifth-place match-up after Pickett pinned Gander in 2:45 earlier in the day.
Black Hawk only filled half a full line-up on Saturday, but still managed to compile 77 points to place 11th overall at the 14-team event. Reedsburg won the team title with 244 points ahead of Weston/Ithaca (221.5), Cashton (211) and Richland Center (200.5).
Black Hawk hosts Pecatonica/Argyle in a Six Rivers Conference dual meet against on Friday, Jan. 18.
Black Hawk 40, Parkview 34
Individual Results: 126-pounds- Cox, P, won by forfeit; 132- Hauri, P, won by forfeit; 138- Beau Holland, BH, major dec. A. Hatlevig, 14-6; 145- Dakota Meier, BH, pinned Mould, 1:20; 152- Wells major dec. Kyle Walters, BH, 9-0; 160- Neal pinned Stephen Detra, BH, 2:57; 170- Gerber pinned Logan Stietz, BH, 2:49; 182- Graham, P, won by forfeit; 195- Dean Schlittler, BH, won by forfeit; 220- Double forfeit; 285- Mike Powers, BH, won by forfeit; 106- Caleb Novak, BH, pinned Gordon, 4:27; 113- Colin Novak, BH, won by forfeit; 120- Jared Pickett, BH, pinned C. Hatlevig, 1:1.
At Orfordville, on Thursday, Jan. 10
Team Standings: Reedsburg 244, Weston/Ithaca 221.5, Cashton 211, Richland Center 200.5, De Soto 163.5, La Crosse Logan 152, Waterloo 120.5, Pecatonica/Argyle 97, Boscobel 87, River Ridge/Cassville 81, Black Hawk 77, Blair-Taylor 66.5, Poynette 49, Sparta Varsity Reserve 26.
Black Hawk Individual Results: 106-pounds- 5- Joe Quinn, 3-2; 113- 5- Colin Novak, 4-1; 120- 6- Jared Pickett, 3-1; 145- 1- Dakota Meier, 5-0; 152- 9- Kyle Walters, 3-2; 160- 8- Logan Stietz, 1-4; 195- 8- Dean Schlittler, 1-4.