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The Reedsburg gymnastics team saw some tough competition at Reedsburg Area High School on Jan. 7.

Despite taking seventh place out of nine teams, the Beavers saw improvement in two events. From finding consistent scores on the balance beam to recording a high team score on the vault, head coach Nichelle Hoege was pleased with the turnout.

“Overall, I was very impressed with the gymnasts who competed. We started the meet out on beam which can be very intimidating but the girls displayed some great beam performances. They looked confident which was great to see them not be so nervous. They kept the momentum going into the other events. We improved our performance from our last dual.”

Junior Ally Gesteland led Reedsburg on the beam with a 20th place finish after scoring a 7.4 on her first run and a 7.7 on her second for an average of 7.55. Junior Mai Klink took 25th with a 7.05, while juniors Raegan Hyzer and Brandi Imhoff tied for 35th (6.3). The combined efforts gave Reedsburg a team beam score of 27.2.

The team found the most success on the vault, earning a score of 30.6 which was three points higher than its total against Dodge Point on Jan. 5. Sophomore Makinzie Spease tied for 26th to lead the Beavers, earning a score of 7.85 while Gesteland recorded a 7.75 to take 29th. Raelle Bishop took 34th (7.55) while Mandi Fuller took 36th (7.45). Klink added a score of 7.3.

Reedsburg score of 28.525 on the floor routine was a bit on the lower end, but the Beavers still found high scores as Hyzer took 16th with a 7.625 while Bishop earned 25th with a 7.125. Klink and Gesteland took 28th and 29th with scores of 6.9 and 6.875, respectively.

Reedsburg recorded a 19.65 on the uneven bars, with Gesteland and Hyzer recording the highest scores for the Beavers with a 5.7 and a 5.4.

Boys Hockey

The Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells/Mauston boys hockey team traveled to the Omni Center in Onalaska on Jan. 7 where the Cheavers took down Aquinas/GET/Holmen 4-3.

RWD scored three of its four goals in the first period. Chris Jones scored just 12 seconds in, with assists from Thomas Pfaff and Derek Pawlak before Pawlak followed with a shorthanded goal at the 3:16 mark, assisted by Jacob Ely. After a goal from Aquinas on a power play, Reedsburg senior Alek Severson answered with a power play goal at the 13:44 mark with an assist from Garon Kirby. Aquinas scored on another power play to end the period with the scoreboard reading 3-2.

The game slowed down in the final two frames, with Jones recording a power play goal in the middle of the second period with Kirby and Severson assisting. The Avalanche made it a one-goal game late in the final period but RWD held on from there.

Nicolas Breunig took over at the goalie position, saving 29 of 32 shots on the night while the Cheavers amassed 27 shots offensively. RWD (8-5 overall, 2-2 Badger North) will travel to Baraboo on Jan. 13.

Girls Hockey

After more than two weeks off, the Badger Lightning girls hockey team got off to a slow start and couldn’t recover on Jan. 6 at Pierce Park.

The Lightning (2-8) hosted the Rock County Fury (8-3-1) in a non-conference game. The Fury used a first-period flurry to take control, then pulled away to hand the Lightning a 5-1 home loss.

“We just came out that first period and we let them skate and we watched them,” Badger Lightning coach Rick Capener said. “We didn’t hustle and we just kind of let things go.”

Rock County got it started with an unassisted goal by Ally Burke 6:19 into the first. Less than a minute later, Zoie Steig added an unassisted goal and the Fury opened up a 2-0 lead. At the 13:24 mark, Ally Burke assisted Danielle Heitsman for a power-play goal and Rock County took a 3-0 lead at the break.

The Lightning settled in during the second period, pitching a shutout behind 20 saves from goalie Gabby Christensen. The Lightning eventually broke through when they won a faceoff in their offensive zone and Lizzie Patton took the loose puck and scored from straightaway to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Christensen and the Lightning defense continued their strong play for most of the third period, until Heitsman added her second goal of the night with 5:50 to play. Just 22 seconds later, Maggie Henschler scored to provide the final score of 5-1.

Buescher finished with 11 saves for the Fury, while Christensen had a huge night with 53 saves.

Wrestling

The Reedsburg wrestling team competed in the Manawa Invitational on Jan. 7 where the Beavers took third place out of 12 teams.

Reedsburg saw five first place finishes to lift the Beavers to a team score of 173.5. Antigo took the title (201) followed by Pittsville (189.5).

Cayden Fry took the title in the 106 bracket, recording a pin in all five of his matches. Fry pinned Clintonville/Marion’s Autumn Hohn in the final at the 4:38 mark.

Mason McMillen meanwhile, not only earned his 100th win of his high school career but took first place in the 126. McMillen took down Ocnonto’s Aiden Wusterbarth by a 7-3 decision in the championship.

Trey Haugen meanwhile, took first in the 182, pinning all five of his opponents including a pin at the 1:28 mark over Antigo’s Collinn Eldridge in the final. It was a similar outcome for Dalton Hahn in the 195, as Hahn earned the pin sweep as well. The senior pinned Pittsville’s Todd Parker at 5:01 in the final.

Brian Brooks was the 220-pound champ, going 5-0 on the day with all pins as well. He pinned Adams-Friendship’s Brandon Kniprath at 1:57 in the final.

Other top wrestlers included Thomas Kowalke who took fourth in the 120, Bryce Bierman who took third in the 145, Angelo Willey who took fourth in the 152, and Brady Fry who took second in the 160.

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Regional Sports Reporter