Saints look to wrap up HON wrestling title this Saturday
Saint grappler Luke Thaemert, 113, earned a 6-0 win over Logan Trautt of Northwestern last Friday, Jan. 31. - Photo provided
A "great last test” before postseason run
ST. CROIX FALLS – The final tune-up is over and the St. Croix Falls wrestling team can concentrate on claiming the Heart O’North title this Saturday.
Leading to this weekend’s regular-season finale, the Saints earned a 60-14 win over Northwestern and gained some status from a super dual prior to a potential title.
"The conference is still up for grabs,” St. Croix Falls coach Joe Raygor said. "The super dual (is) a traveling trophy for bragging rights. Individual conference honors and team honors are decided this Saturday in Cameron.”
The Saints surrendered only three matches in their win last Friday, Jan. 31. Kaden Clark, 106 pounds, won by forfeit; Luke Thaemert, 113, earned a 6-0 win over Logan Trautt; Mason Will, 120, pinned Camren Benesch in 3:28; Sam Glenna, 132, pinned Aaron Gergen in 2:29; Bennett Bergmann, 152, pinned Mark Jarman in 1:48; Graidy Guggisberg, 160, won an 11-4 decision over Jesse Larson; James Kemp, 170, pinned Landon Conners in 5:02; Calan Leahy, 182, pinned Michael Stoede in 15 seconds; McKinley Erickson, 195, pinned Shane Schiff in 59 seconds; Kyle Zehm, 220, pinned Brennen Werner in 2:41 and Tanner Gaffey, 285, pinned Trent Orlowski in 3:16.
"We’ve been dissecting some of our offense and working on improving moves we already know to a mastery level,” Raygor said. "All the offense we have for the year has been taught, so now it’s just about making it perfect.”
The Saints go to Cameron this Saturday, Feb. 8, for the conference finale, which is the final chance to improve or adjust prior to postseason competition.
"The tournament is going to be very tough and a great last test before the postseason run,” Raygor said.
Spooner-Webster 36, Cameron 36
SPOONER – The Rails had to settle for a tie on Friday, Jan. 31, but have another chance to top Cameron this Saturday, Feb. 8.
Spooner-Webster hosted Cameron and had enough wins by pin, along with wins by forfeit, to take a tie into this weekend’s Heart O’North Tournament hosted by Cameron.
Hunter Christner, 106 pounds, defeated Brianna Gensky in 1:30; Kolton Frederickson, 113, pinned Evan Hahn in 2:41 and Brandon Meister, 160, pinned Carter Klugow in 1:38. In addition, Jacob Hedinger, 182, Carter Melton, 220, and Ian Perrine, 285, won by forfeit.
Also helping the Rails cause were Brody Jepson, 145, and Ethan Melton, 152, avoiding a pin, therefore allowing Cameron just three points per win rather than six.
Osceola 69, Unity 10
Unity 36, Rice Lake 24
OSCEOLA – The Eagles split a pair of decisions on Friday, Jan. 31, dropping a decision to the host team and earning a win over Rice Lake.
Jack Nelson, 182 pounds, earned a major decision over Noah French and Mike Nelson, 285, pinned Ty Graves in 37 seconds for Unity’s two wins against Osceola. Unity forfeited matches in seven divisions and had another loss due to injury.
In the matchup with Rice Lake, the Eagles were the beneficiary of multiple wins by pin and more by forfeit. Chevy Baxter, 132, defeated Rayshawn Deacon in 1:41; David Whitlock, 145, pinned Brenden Nordeng in 1:50; and Isaiah Holden, 160, pinned Zachary Fisher in 3:24. Ethan Feist, 220, and Mike Nelson, 285, won by forfeit.
The Eagles conclude the regular season in this Saturday’s Lakeland Conference meet at Flambeau.

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