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WarBird freshmen punch tickets to state meet
Darl-BH Bredeson vs Hills color
DARLINGTON/BLACK HAWK freshman Hunter Bredeson (top) earned a state berth after placing third in the 113-pound class at Saturdays WIAA Division 3 Individual Sectional Meet in Mineral Point.

    MINERAL POINT – Darlington/Black Hawk wrestlers Kolbe Ubersox and Hunter Bredeson kept their phenomenal freshmen seasons alive by punching their tickets to the state tournament with their showing at the 2016 WIAA Division 3 Individual Sectional Meet held at Mineral Point High School on Saturday, Feb. 20.
    Ubersox (34-10) went 4-1 on the mat to finish second overall in the 120-pound weight class, while Bredeson (25-14) went 2-2 on the day to place third in the 113-pound class.
    “It is interesting that Kolbe has not been in the rankings at all this season; although, as he proved clearly on Saturday, he was worthy of being in the top 10,” said Darlington/Black Hawk co-head coach Tom Donar. “It is extremely important that (Hunter) qualified as a freshman because now we will have that as a minimum expectation next year and set out goals higher as he gets older. Same with Kolbe.”
    Ubersox opened his day with an 18-1 technical fall decision over Hillsboro’s Dakota Wells at 120, and then dropped a tough 7-0 decision to Fennimore’s Riley Blair in the semifinals. Blair went on to win the sectional title at 120.
    Ubersox bounced back with a 6-3 decision over Cashton’s Jestin Hemmersbach, and he locked up a state berth with a 10-3 decision over Ithaca/Weston’s Gavin Busch in the third-place match. Hemmersbach and Busch were both honorable mention ranked wrestlers in D3.
    The Darlington frosh wrestled all the way back to second-place by defeating #8-ranked Aaron Raabe of Luther by a score of 7-4 in a wrestleback.
    “It is ok with me that he flew under the radar the entire season because a lot of kids move around based on the rankings,” stated Donar. “Most of his losses came at 126, 132 or 138 in the beginning of the season when he was getting bumped around to wrestle the tougher opponent whenever we had dual meets. Now that he is down to his own weight at 120, you can see how well he can do.”
    Bredeson also had to wrestleback to third after getting pinned in 1:49 by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in his opening match at 113. Lull pinned Hillsboro’s Jason Griffiths in 2:56 in the semis to keep Bredeson alive in the tournament, and he went on to win the sectional crown with a 3-1 decision over Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Sawyer Sarbacker.
    Bredeson scored a 2:30 pin over Griffiths in their consolation match, and then earned a 2-2 ultimate tie-breaker victory over Johnson Creek’s Anthony Purpi in the third-place match to secure a state berth. At regionals last week, Purpi defeated Bredeson by a score of 5-0.
    The freshman matched up against Sarbacker for second-place, but the IG/H junior pinned him in 1:55 to keep Bredeson in third.
    “We worked all week on how to beat (Purpi) and it is clear that it paid off. He had to beat a ranked opponent to even get that far, so it shows how well he wrestled overall,” commented Donar.
    The WarBirds had eight wrestlers competing at Saturday’s sectional, but the season came to an end for the other six qualifiers. All eight wrestlers only lost matches to opponents who advanced on to the state tournament.
    Senior Conrad Blosch at 182 and Taylor Evenstad at 220 each narrowly missed earning state berths after placing fourth at the meet. Sophomore Tyler Mosley went 1-2 at 170, while sophomore Lance Ubersox went 0-2 at 152 and junior Jacob Tuescher at 285 and sophomore Grady Rielly at 132 each finished 0-1 at the sectional.
    Blosch (34-9) won a 10-7 decision over Lancaster’s Troy Klein, but fell to sectional champion Kyle Woodward of New Lisbon by a 10-4 decision in a semifinal match. Blosch defeated De Soto’s Jakob Hensley by a 14-4 major decision in a consolation match, and then lost to Parkview’s Patrick Engen, 9-4, in the third-place match to miss out on a state berth.
    “All season it looked like Conrad would get to state rather easily until two top 12 ranked wrestlers at 170 (Cashton’s Jaden Schmitz and Engen) moved up last second at regionals to 182. They placed second and third so without those two at 182, Conrad would have been more than favored to qualify. In the end, you have to beat the opponents you are presented with and we were unable to do that. Conrad is a good student and will continue to excel in other areas now that his wrestling career is over,” said Donar.
    Evenstad (23-5) was controlling Aquinas’ Isaiah Brown in his opening round match when his season-long shoulder injury popped back up as he dislocated his shoulder during the match and wound up getting pinned in 2:57.
    The Darlington senior earned a wrestleback chance when Brown defeated New Lisbon’s Derek Medaris, 12-0, in the semis. Evenstad defeated Medaris by a score of 7-1 in their consolation clash to earn a shot at a state berth, but he lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Cashton’s Dylan Campton to finish fourth.
    “He has had a bad shoulder all season because he took an injury in the state championship football game and it came back to haunt him Saturday, as it has most of the season. He dislocated his shoulder after taking that lead and that is why he got pinned. We probably should have taken injury time when he went to his back, but no one likes to do that for obvious reasons,” said Donar.
    “Just like with Conrad, you have to win against the guys you are presented with and when you cannot do that, regardless of the reason, your season will end earlier than it should. I never like making excuses, but a 100 percent healthy Taylor wins that bracket pretty easily given the fact he beat the Fennimore kid (sectional champion Cody McCollough) earlier in the season. Taylor will go on to bigger and better things just like Conrad and will have to use this bump in the road as motivation to continue to do well in other areas of his life.”
    Mosley (17-18) opened his day with a 1:31 pin over Aquinas’ Peter Riley, but he got pinned by IG/H’s Drew Hennessey in 1:01 in the semis and lost a 12-6 decision to I/W’s Cade Nettesheim in a consolation match at 170 to finish his season.
    “I am satisfied with Tyler’s performance Saturday and as a whole this season. This is his first year wrestling, so to do as well as he did on varsity says a lot about his potential. Tyler gained some great experience and will look to build on that next season,” said Donar.
    L. Ubersox (26-14) was pinned by sectional champion Braden Roen of Riverdale in 43 seconds, and then got pinned by I/W’s Colton Clary in 2:27 in a wrestleback match at 152.
    Tuescher (24-17) dropped a 4-0 decision to Fennimore’s Deven O’Brien in his opening match and Rielly (20-12) was pinned in 3:29 by IG/H’s Max Maylor at 132, but neither one got a wrestleback chance as O’Brien and Maylor each lost their respectively semifinal match.
    Tuescher had defeated O’Brien, 4-1, at Tuesday’s team sectional meet, but he couldn’t duplicate the feat as the Fennimore junior went on to place third in the class. Maylor placed second at 132.
    “We knew (Grady) would have to wrestle extremely well to move on. He has a lot of motivation to improve before next season, so I would not be surprised to see him make a state run next year. Lance was going to have to be at his best to get out of his bracket but he was not, which is why he went 0-2. He is only a sophomore and should come back tough as nails next year,” Donar commented.
    “Jake had a rematch with Fennimore and we knew it was not going to be easy. We felt that even if he lost he would have a good chance to get a wrestle back, but that did not happen. Jake will look to improve physically and technically before next year to earn a state trip.”
    At Elroy, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, SWAL champion Fennimore defeated the WarBirds, 57-12, in a sectional semifinal dual meet match at the Royall Team Sectional.
    Grady Rielly started the night off with an 8-3 decision over Zach Davis in the opening match at 132-pounds, but the Golden Eagles won seven of the next weight classes with four pins to build up an insurmountable 34-9 lead.
    “Reaching the sectional meet was a great experience for the team especially the sophomores and freshmen. They will now want to make it farther next season and we will prepare for that,” said Coach Tom Donar. “Performance wise, I was not disappointed with our overall team effort. One thing people do not realize is the importance of momentum in a dual meet. I think we could have beaten them again this year if we were to have gained momentum starting with 145 and 152, but we lost matches that I would consider winnable.”
    Conrad Blosch received a forfeit at 182 for the lone win by the WarBirds (10-9 rec) during that stretch.
    Jacob Tuescher defeated Deven O’Brien by a 4-1 decision at 285 for the only other win for the WarBirds.
    “Looking at the next two seasons we should be as good or better than we were this year. I am worried about 106 and 113 as we have no small eighth graders currently in wrestling at either school. If we can fill a full team, we will be competitive. I am happy we have eight guys at sectionals, and six of those will be back next season,” added Donar.
    Fennimore closed the match with a forfeit, a technical fall decision and two pins to lock up a 57-12 win.
    The Eagles returned to the Team State Tournament for the second year in a row by defeating Cashton, 37-22, in the finals on Tuesday night. Cashton defeated New Lisbon, 40-30, in the semifinal round.

Championship Match: Fennimore def. Cashton, 37-22.

Semifinal Matches: Fennimore def. Darlington/Black Hawk, 57-12; Cashton def. New Lisbon, 40-30.

Darl/BH Match Results: 132-pounds- Grady Rielly, D/BH, dec. Davis, 8-3; 138- Tollefson pinned Reesan Ruch, D/BH, 0:49; 145- H. Wardell pinned Caleb Novak, D/BH, 5:48; 152- Cleven dec. Lance Ubersox, D/BH, 7-0; 160- Klass major dec. Curtis Blosch, D/BH, 14-0; 170- Kaschub dec. Tyler Mosley, D/BH, 4-0; 182- Conrad Blosch, D/BH, won by forfeit; 195- Heberlein pinned Brody Milz, D/BH, 1:27; 220- McCollough pinned Cody Nielsen, D/BH, 0:57; 285- Jacob Tuescher, D/BH, dec. O’Brien, 4-1; 106- Kenney, F, won by forfeit; 113- Lull tech. fall Hunter Bredeson, D/BH, 19-2; 120- Blair pinned Kolbe Ubersox, D/BH, 5:09; 126- Nutter pinned Paul King, D/BH, 1:33.
At Royall HS, on Tuesday, Feb. 16