Eli Davidson

Eli Davidson helped the Baraboo boys wrestling team place 13th out of 21 Division 1 teams at the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse on Friday and Saturday.

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The Baraboo wrestling team had one of its biggest events of the year over the holiday break.

The Thunderbirds were one of 61 teams that traveled to the La Crosse Center on Friday and Saturday for the Bi-State Classic. Baraboo compiled 100.5 points to place 13th out of 21 Division 1 teams — including five teams from Minnesota — while Holmen won the Division 1 title with a team score of 342. Luxemburg-Casco took home the Division 2 crown, while Stratford finished first in Division 3.

Pablo Ramirez, Baraboo’s lone state qualifier last season, led the T-Birds again this weekend. The junior placed fourth in a 56-wrestler field at 138 pounds, reaching the third-place match before losing to West Salem/Bangor’s Aaron Bahr by a 3-1 decision. Ramirez advanced through the opening rounds with a pin, a technical fall and a 5-3 decision.

John Gunderson also placed for the T-Birds at 126 pounds. The freshman pinned Bjorn Otterness of Goodhue (Minn.) in 2 minutes, 14 seconds to take ninth place. Gunderson notched two first-period pins on the day, taking care of New Richmond’s Brandon Dennis with just six seconds to go in the opening frame and needing only 34 seconds to dispose of Eastview (Minn.)’s Alex Burdi.

Eli Davidson opened the 132-pound bracket with a 45-second pin of Middleton’s Hernan Carranza before dropping a 5-2 decision to New Richmond’s Tyler Dennis in the second round.

At 120 pounds, Baraboo’s Brandon Jesse pinned his first opponent in 1:19 before losing by a 9-1 major decision in the second round.

Braydon Scarborough pulled out a 7-6 decision in his opening match at 152 pounds before being pinned in 49 seconds by River Valley’s Caydon Robson.

Caleb Porter notched a 2:43 pin at 170 pounds but was pinned by Viroqua’s Tyler Hannah in the second round.

Max Statz (145 pounds), Tyson Fry (220) and Joseph Schick (285) each received first-round byes before dropping their next match. Carter Stapleton (106) and Ben Florencio (182) also fell in the first round.

The T-Birds will return to Badger North Conference dual action when they host Portage on Friday.

BI-STATE CLASSIC

Team scores

Division 1 — Holmen 342, Marshfield 229, Hudson 224.5, Waunakee 203.5, Stillwater (Minn.) 175, Pulaski 159, Sparta 137.5, South St. Paul (Minn.) 130, Schofield D.C. Everest 121.5, Lakeville (Minn.) South 113.5, Tomah 111.5, Muskego 109.5, Baraboo 100.5, Bloomington (Minn.) co-op 85, Middleton 84.5, Eastview (Minn.) 84, Wausau West 71, Eau Claire North 69.5, New Richmond 44, Portage 34.5, Verona 33.5.

Division 2 — Luxemburg-Casco 263, Spencer/Marshfield Columbus 199, River Valley 180, Prairie du Chien 172.5, Lodi 159.5, Viroqua 132.5, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro 126, Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson (Minn.) 117, Medford 114, Dodgeville 108, West Salem/Bangor 106, Monroe 96, Mauston 93, Sheboygan Falls 79, Nekoosa/Wis. Rapids Assumption/Port Edwards 76.5, Belmont/Platteville 73, Westby 42, Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern 37, Mount Horeb 37, La Crescent (Minn.) 27, Richland Center 21, Adams-Friendship 13.

Division 3 — Stratford 319.5, Goodhue (Minn.) 171.5, Iowa-Grant/Highland 154.5, Athens 142.5, Kenyon-Wanamingo (Minn.) 136.5, Lancaster 124.5, Caledonia/Houston (Minn.) 123, Riverdale 93, Auburndale 69, Ithaca/Weston 61.5, Royall 57, Hillsboro 48, New Lisbon 42, Boscobel 23, Cashton 13, North Crawford/Seneca 11, Kickapoo/La Farge 6, De Soto 2.

Championship matches

106: Drexler, Stratford, def. Joniaux, Luxemburg-Casco, 5-1. 113: Lambert, Tomah, def. Taschuk, Stillwater, 6-1. 120: Ballantyne, Stillwater, mdec. Matson, Kenyon-Wanamingo, 13-3. 126: Bosman, Luxemburg-Casco, def. Schoenfuss, Stratford, 6-5. 132: Licht, River Valley, def. Severson, D.C. Everest, 8-5. 138: Schultz, Holmen, def. Phillips, Eau Claire North, injury default. 145: Drexler, Stratford, def. Miller, Mauston, 5-3, sudden victory. 152: Meicher, Middleton, def. Dolata, Mauston, 2-1. 160: Maylor, Iowa-Grant/Highland, mdec. Anderson, Hudson, 16-4. 170: Liegel, River Valley, def. Jahn, Holmen, 3-1. 182: Lahr, Holmen, def. Peat, Iowa-Grant/Highland, 5-3. 195: Hoffman, Stratford, def. Johnson, Riverdale, 3-2. 220: Luepke, Spencer/Marshfield Columbus, pinned Hennessey, Iowa-Grant/Highland, 1:39. 285: Godbout, Hudson, pinned Zschernitz, Spencer/Marshfield Columbus, 1:10.

Third-place matches

106: Lorenz, Waunakee, def. Anderson, Viroqua, 6-4, tiebreaker. 113: Pugh, Marshfield, def. Jonsgaard, Lewiston-Altura, 3-0. 120: Bailey, Sparta, def. Moll, Lodi, 3-1, sudden victory. 126: Ison, Sheboygan Falls, def. Purney, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, 4-1. 132: Ronsman, Luxemburg-Casco, def. Kruse, Stillwater, 3-1. 138: Bahr, West Salem/Bangor, def. Ramirez, Baraboo, 3-1. 145: Hannah, Viroqua, def. Cortez, South St. Paul, 5-4. 152: Sinda, Muskego, def. Worachek, Luxemburg-Casco, 1-0. 160: Schneider, Caledonia/Houston, def. Krein, Sparta, 3-1. 170: Schwanebeck-Ostermann, Marshfield, def. O’Reilly, Goodhue, 6-3. 182: Heyroth, Lodi, def. O’Reilly, Goodhue, 3-1. 195: Mitchell, Marshfield, def. Friedl, Royall, 4-4, ultimate tie-breaker. 220: Schoenherr, Stratford, def. Stewart, Lakeville South, 9-2. 285: Sommer, Athens, def. Jones, Dodgeville, 4-2, sudden victory.

Other area placement matches

106 — 11th place: Jennings, River Valley, def. Dilley, Riverdale, 2-1. 113 — Seventh: B. Statz, Waunakee, def. Klonecki, Hol, 5-3. 11th: Kjos, River Valley, pinned Blohowiak, Luxemburg-Casco, 2:25. 120 — 11th: Lehrke, D.C. Everest, def. Wipperfurth, River Valley, 7-6. 126 — Ninth: Gunderson, Baraboo, pinned Otterness, Goodhue, 2:14. 11th: Tijerina, Portage, def. Saint, Prairie du Chien, 7-4. 138 — Ninth: Judge, Bloomington, def. Nicolay, Lodi, 10-6. 160 — Fifth: Hanson, Medford, mdec. Phelan, Dodgeville, 12-3. Seventh: S. Statz, Waunakee, def. Williams, Holmen, 3-0. 170: Seventh: Leicht, Bloomington, pinned Kind, Monroe, 3:52. Ninth: Krein, Sparta, def. Barreau, Lodi, 7-2. 182 — Seventh: Rodgers-Valdez, South St. Paul, def. Foley, Monroe, 13-9. Ninth: Heber, Lewiston-Altura, def. Weber, Dodgeville, 6-1. 195 — Ninth: Huff, Middleton, def. Ronnfeldt, Prairie du Chien, 7-3. 11th: O’Reilly, Goodhue, def. Mahoney, River Valley, 4-2, sudden victory. 220 — Fifth: Ryan, Waunakee, pinned Wall, Prairie du Chien, 2:15. 11th: Olinger, Mount Horeb, pinned Wilmot, Riverdale, 3:29. 285 — Fifth: Hale, Lancaster, def. Olkowski, Waunakee, 1-0. Seventh: Mabin, Lodi, def. McCauley, Ithaca/Weston, 5-1. Ninth: Welsch, Monroe, def. Jackson, Kenyon-Wanamingo, 3-0.

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