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Roen headed to state championships
Bradon takedown
Roen with a take-down in his Semi-Finals match against his Ithaca opponent. - photo by Staci Roen

MUSCODA - Three Riverdale wrestlers competed in the always tough Mineral Point Sectional on Saturday.  The top three wrestlers in each weight class qualified for the individual state tournament, Thursday through Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Bradon Roen will be making his third trip to the state tournament after he won his second sectional championship at 152 pounds. Bradon started the day with a first period pin and then scored a 19-2 technical fall to secure a state birth and a spot in the sectional final. Bradon would use a second period escape and takedown to win 3-0 over the same opponent he defeated last weekend. 

“Bradon had a great tournament,” said Coach Jeff Campbell. “It is not easy to qualify for the state tournament and Bradon has done it three years in a row. He still has some goals to accomplish, will refocus this week, and will do very well in Madison.”

Trevor Troxel finished the day fourth at 195 pounds one spot short of qualifying.  Trevor started the day with a first period pin before getting beat 7-4. He would come back to score a pin in the wrestlebacks but would be pinned in the third place match and finish fourth.  Trevor finished his senior season 27-8.

“It was tough to see Trevor come up a spot short,” said Campbell. “He really had a tremendous season and left Riverdale fans with many memories. It just was not in the cards for Trevor. I thank Trevor for the effort he gave on the wrestling mat and the leadership he brought to this team. He will be missed in the Riverdale wrestling room.”

Caleb Johnson was the third qualifier and lost to a tough senior from New Lisbon in the first round. Caleb’s opponent would lose his next match so Caleb was not given a wrestle back. Caleb finished his sophomore year 28-12.

“It was a great season for Caleb,” Campbell said. “He ran into a tough wrestler today. Caleb will use this experience to his advantage and come back hungry next year to take the next step. Caleb was one of our most improved wrestlers the second half of the season.

“As always this was a tough sectional. Our kids put forth their best effort today and we were able to move one onto the state tournament. Bradon will represent the school, club and community with class at the state tournament. I am very proud of Bradon and all the wrestlers on a great season. It will be an exciting week as Bradon prepares for state.”

State Tournament

Bradon will receive a bye Thursday night and will wrestle his first match Friday, Feb, 26, at 11:15 a.m.  He will face the winner of match between Kevin Lansin (35-6), a senior from Coleman, and Peter Roth, (25-18) a sophomore from Brillion.