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MADISON - Nine Rivertowns area wrestlers lost their first matches in the placement round at the WIAA State Wrestling Meet Saturday morning at the Kohl Center and will all wrestle for fifth place this afternoon. In Division 2, Ellsworth's Tristen Mueller lost a close match at 132 pounds to senior Dalton Gorman (46-6) of Mosinee and teammate Logan Kemmerer was beaten by junior Braxton Portrykus (44-6) of Wittenberg-Brinamwood 10-4 at 152. In Division 1, Hudson's Dima Hawksford lost 6-4 to Bay Port senior Alexander Walla (38-10) at 160; Derek Schindler was topped by Mt.
MADISON - Hudson came away empty from Friday evening semifinal round of the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at Kohl Center in everything but frustration. The Raiders' Dima Hawksford was disqualified from his 160-pound, Division 1 semifinal match against Ashwaubenon's Mitchell Cole (43-3).
MADISON - Derek Schindler earned himself a place on the awards podium at 182 pounds as he won his consolation semifinal match Friday afternoon at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournamnet at the Kohl Center. Schindler opened up on Mrozinsky (41-10) in the third period as he scored both a takedown and a two-point nearfall for an 8-2 win. Schindler (43-2) will wrestle again Saturday morning in placement matches. He'll face a defeated semifinal wrestler first off, either Mt.
MADISON - Hudson's Austin Koski and Derek Schindler were victorious in their consolation round matches this morning at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. Koski defeated Holmen's Avery Hackett 5-3 at 145 pounds and Schindler shutout Avery Sweeney of Milton by a 6-0 score at 182. Koski will wrestle Hartland Arrowhead senior Mitch Berenz (33-7) in the consolation semifinals this afternoon and Schindler faces Manitowoc senior Jonah Mrozinsky (41-7).
MADISON - Dima Hawksford at 160 pounds and Eliot Motu at 220 will be Hudson's representatives in the state wrestling semifinals as they won their quarterfinals matches early Thursday evening at the Kohl Center. Hawksford scored another impressive spinning throw and takedown which put Mt. Horeb/Barneveld's Tristan Luther right on his back in the second period. The five-point throw made the score 6-0 and Hawksford held on to win 6-2. Motu took a 5-1 lead after scoring a pair of takedowns in the second period to Oconomowoc's Nick Gomez.
MADISON - Hudson advanced all of its wrestlers through the first round of the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Austin Koski exploded for a reversal throw after giving up an early takedown and it led to a 1:16 pinfall for him over Pulaski's Max Mijal at 145 pounds. Down 2-1, the Raiders put forth an impressive spinning throw which put Hartford's Nick Hahn on his back at 160.
Wrestlers from St. Croix County in Hudson, New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central will be in action on the first day of the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. The Division 1 prelims begin at 3 p.m. this afternoon. New Richmond junior Shane Blackman (31-3) is one of the favorites at 113 pounds and is one of the very first matches of the tournament as he faces sophomore Bailey Van Handel of Kaukauna (39-10). Hudson's tournament quartet starts with senior Austin Koski (35-8) as he takes on junior Max Mijal of Pulaski (34-5) at 145 pounds.
SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley Stagehands will hold auditions for "Oliver" at the Spring Valley Theater this Sunday from 8-10 p.m., and next Monday and Tuesday, from 6-9 p.m. "Oliver" is the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and joins up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by Fagin, an elderly mentor. A large cast of characters needs to be filled.
RIVER FALLS--The Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS) will offer a Dairy Farm Safety Short Course to dairy producers at the Government Center in Durand on Thursdays, March 21 and 28. The CDFS 10-hour short course is a comprehensive program covering: --"Best Practice" protocols for the dairy farm; --The Dairy Local Emphasis Program (LEP) and what it means for producers; --Hazard identification and risk assessment; --Chemical inventories and labeling; --Components of an effective safety and health program; --Hazards when working with animals, in farm structures, as well as with tractors a
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