Wins tough to get at Northern Badger tournament
Ethan Person won a pair of matches to account for the Cornell-Gilman Wolfpack’s seven points at the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic, hosted Friday and Saturday by River Falls High School.
Person dropped down to the 113-pound weight class and went 2-2 in contested matches. The senior now sits at 10-5 as the Wolfpack heads into the busy month of January.
Person started the tournament Friday with a pin in 2:52 over sophomore Aidan Peterson of River Falls. That set up a second match with undefeated junior Alec Hunter of Oshkosh West, who entered the tournament as the state’s top-ranked Division 1 120-pound wrestler. Hunter (18-0) pinned Person in 53 seconds and went on to win the weight class championship.
Person stayed alive by pinning freshman Cory Popham of the Luck Co-op in 4:48, but his run ended when he was pinned in 2:15 by Glenwood City’s Andy Grant.
The Wolfpack’s four other representatives for the tournament lost their first two contested matches.
At 132 pounds, freshman Braeden Person lost a close first-round match to Spooner-Webster’s Isaac Hopke by a score of 5-2. He was pinned in 4:40 in his first consolation match by Cadott’s Ethan Duck.
At 160 pounds, sophomore Julian Krizan was pinned in his opener by Tommy Friemoth of the Neillsville Co-op in 1:57. Amery’s Timothy Kelling pinned Krizan in 4:45 in his first consolation match.
At 138 pounds, Kalley Krizan was pinned in 12 seconds by Cameron’s Tommy Quinn and in 34 seconds by Chequamegon’s Owen Miesbauer.
At 285 pounds, the Wolfpack’s Andrew Olson fell in 2:56 to Glenwood City’s Andrew Berends and in 2:58 to Prescott’s Shawn Thomason.
Cornell-Gilman tied Turtle Lake-Clayton for 12th place among Division 3 teams and 38th place overall in the 39team tournament. St. Croix Falls won the Division 2 and overall championships with 323 points. Cadott was the Division 3 champion and overall runner-up with 314.5 points, while River Falls was the Division 1 champion and took third overall with 280.5 points.
Amery (249.5) was the Division 2 runner- up and Baldwin-Woodville (224) was the Division 1 runner-up.
The rest of the Division 3 standings were: 2. Boyceville, 164; 3. Clear Lake, 137; 4. Chequamegon, 127; 5. Blair-Taylor, 79; 6. Shell Lake, 72.5; 7. Glenwood City, 47.5; 8. Cochrane-Fountain City, 44.5; 9. Phillips, 40; 10. Flambeau, 32; 11. Marathon, 24; T12. Cornell-Gilman and Turtle Lake-Clayton, 7.
The Wolfpack will next wrestle at the Jan. 11 Cadott Invitational.