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Monday marked Glen Nelson's third surgery in a week following a motorcycle crash St. Patrick's Day which left him seriously injured. A family member told the Pierce County Herald Nelson's vitals are stable and doctors hope to start to take him off a ventilator by the middle of this week. "He's got fractures in both arms, a plate was inserted into his pelvis and his right femur is broken," the relative stated, "But the important thing is he's okay." The Hammond native was riding his motorcycle with wife Julie, 47, on 650th St.
MADISON - Hudson's Kolya Hawksford will place fourth and Tanner Owens fifth in the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. Owens won the Division 1 160-pound fifth place match over Racine William Horlick's Andres Marquez, dominating the match from the second period onward. Owens bounced back from a 5-2 loss earlier in the day to Matt Gray of Wilmot. Kolya Hawksford did win his first match Saturday 8-2 over Daylon Bowar of Mt. Horeb/Barneveld at 152. But Hawksford was beaten in the third place match 3-1 by Ryan Gartner of Wilmot.
MADISON - Hudson's Kolya Hawksford was blocked in his pursuit of a WIAA state title by Hartford's Nick Becker in the semifinals of the state wrestling tournament Friday evening at the Kohl Center. Becker controlled their Division 1, 160-pound semifinal the whole way for 17-5 major decision. Hawksford's only points came on escapes. Becker scored on two to three takedowns per period. Hawksford will now wrestle for third through sixth place this morning and afternoon.
MADISON - Hudson's Tanner Owens was just one and done at last year's WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. This time around Owens will be on the awards stand. Owens was dominant in his two consolation round matches he won Friday morning to advance to the placement matches Saturday morning in Divison 1 at 160 pounds. Owens first dispatched of Nicolet's Wilhelm Fahlhaber by a 13-4 major decison and then majored Travis VandenHuevel of Kaukauna by a 13-3 score. Owens will do no worse than sixth place and can reach as high as third is he wins his two matches Saturday.
MADISON - Kolya Hawksford will wrestle in tonight's semifinals for Hudson as he won his quarterfinal match Thursday evening in WIAA State Individual Wrestling meet at the Kohl Center. Hawksford edged Waukesha South's Kyle Johnson at 152 pounds by a 6-5 decision. Hawksford scored the first takedown in the third period to give to himself ahead 5-2. That didn't last long as Johnson got an escape and takedown to tie the score. But Hawksford was able to get an escape late in the match to win. Hawksford will wrestle Nick Becker of Hartford who is 49-2 and a senior.
MADISON - Tanner Owens and Kolya Hawksford were easy first round winners at the 69th WIAA State Individual Wrestling Meet Thursday afternoon. It only took Owens a 1:14 for a quick takedown and pinfall of Milwaukee Bradley Tech's Devondrick Bankston at 160 pounds. Hawksford was on control the whole way against Ben Hollnagel of Sussex Hamilton, giving up just a late escape for a 9-1 win at 152 pounds.
Guest artist and composer Laura Caviani will present a jazz piano clinic at UW-River Falls on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m.-noon in Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. Free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at 715-425-3183.
Early signs of a big road project for Hwy. 35N and Radio Road were evident last week as surveyors took soil borings need for the design of a bridge. Department of Transportation Project Development Engineer Wendy Maves said last week's preliminary work was needed so that "accurate plans" can be made for the interchange to be built at that highway juncture. "A bridge will be constructed to carry Radio Road over Hwy. 35," Maves said. "Three roundabouts will also be constructed.
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin prep football playoff brackets for Divisions 3-7 will be released this evening in ruling issued by court hearing a lawsuit against the WIAA. Judge Kevin Martens granted a temporary injuction that which will allow the brackets for the football playoffs from Division 3 through Division 7 to be released.
STOCKHOLM -- Organizers of an annual dog-friendly festival are inviting area residents to pack the family and family pets and head for Stockholm, Aug. 5-6 for the annual Dog Days of Stockholm events. Friday evening will feature "Wine, Cheese, Pie & Music Under the Stars" from 7-9:30 p.m. on the grounds of the historic school house. The event will feature live boogie rock and oldies by band Steve Meyer & The Blues Dogs. All ages are welcome to this dog-friendly event. Saturday's festival in Village Park opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.