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Blackhawk wrestlers take down Hornets

Junior Isaac Avery has a tight lock en route to a first-period fall against his Richland Center opponent. The fifth-ranked Blackhawks cruised to a 60-12 victory.


Another SWC foe, another win. The beat continues for the fifth-ranked PdC grapplers as they dismantled Richland Center 60-12 on Thursday evening in front of a raucous bunch of PdC wrestling faithful. Prior to the meet, Traeton Saint and Reid Koenig were presented plaques detailing their 100 career wins. Following that, a great number of local wrestling sponsors were recognized and thanked for their generosity in helping the team achieve their goals and be able to travel throughout the state. Brian and Jeananne Dillman were also recognized and thanked, as they have very generously purchased a new competition mat for the wrestling team.


Mar-Mac tops River Ridge

River Ridge’s McKenzie Graf eyes a jumper Thursday night. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Skylar White of River Ridge leans back to get off a shot versus MFL Mar-Mac.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier drives against MFL Mar-Mac.


MFL/Mar-Mac came from behind to narrowly defeat host River Ridge 46-44 in nonconference girls basketball Thursday on Parents’ Night.

The Timberwolves missed a chance to tie the game in the waning moments and fell to 10-2 on the season. Their only losses are to undefeated Mar-Mac and undefeated Prairie du Chien. 

River Ridge led 22-16 at the half and looked to be in control for most of the game, leading by 8 points late, before succumbing to Mar-Mac.


PdC grapplers over River Valley

Sophomore 120-pounder Chase Fisher prepares to go to a two-on-one ride against his River Valley opponent en route to a 9-6 win.

Junior Ben Riter dominates his River Valley opponent as he heads for a fall to clinch the team win at 182 pounds.


On Friday, Dec. 21, the fifth ranked PDC Blackhawk wrestlers traveled to Spring Green for a conference showdown with always tough River Valley. Prior to varsity wrestling, there were a couple of JV matches. 

At JV 285#, Brice Martin picked up a first period fall. After a quick takedown, Martin put in a power half to deck his opponent. At JV 152#, Clayton DuCharme also decked his opponent in the first period. DuCharme also scored a quick takedown and went with a tight outside cradle for the fall. 


Prairie wrestlers at Bi-State Classic

Tyler Smock (top) placed 10th at the Bi-State Classic.


The 37th Annual Bi-State Classic, hosted by Holmen High School, was held on Dec. 28-29 at the La Crosse Center. This year, there were 68 teams competing, grouped together no matter the school size, in the ever tough tournament representing both Wisconsin and Minnesota high schools. 

A few quick tidbits about just how stacked this tournament is: 86 wrestlers were in their state tournaments last year, 38 wrestlers were state medalists, five wrestlers were state champions, 180 wrestlers are ranked in their respective states.


RRC grapplers host Belmont-Platteville

Matt Pierce of River Ridge-Cassville squares off against Payton Nielson of Belmont-Platteville in their 145-pound match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Blake Laufenberg (top) tries for a takedown in his 195-pound match.

Fredi Santos of River Ridge-Cassville gets an escape against Michael Douglas of Belmont-Platteville in their 285-pound match Thursday night.

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ashley Williams (right) faces Dylan Taber of Belmont-Platteville in their 126-pound match Thursday night.

Myles Wehrle of River Ridge-Cassville fights for an advantage over Trevor Heim of Belmont-Platteville in their 152-pound match Thursday night at River Ridge High School.


Belmont-Platteville defeated host River Ridge-Cassville 54-12 in wrestling action Thursday night at River Ridge High School.

River Ridge-Cassville has a big meet coming up as they will travel to the Mid-States Classic held at UW-Whitewater on Dec. 28-29.


Wauzeka-Steuben boys beat De Soto

Wauzeka-Steuben's Gavin Ralph soars for a dunk versus visiting De Soto Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets' Carter Lomas scores on a jumper in the lane.

Jake Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben defends against Brock Venner of De Soto.

Nick Benish makes a move down the lane against the Pirates.


Wauzeka-Steuben beat visiting De Soto 71-50 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Friday night. 

The Hornets improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 atop the conference.

The Pirates dropped to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Ridge and Valley.


Prairie du Chien grapplers over West Salem-Bangor

Sophomore Matt Rogge uses a tight chicken wing while preparing to get a turn. Rogge would win by major decision, 10-2.

Junior Bradyn Saint works a front headlock from his feet. Saint would win by major decision, 9-1.


The #6 ranked in the state Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Bangor on Thursday evening, Dec. 7, for a non-conference meet with West Salem-Bangor. The meet opened up at 285# where Luke Wright would score the opening takedown on a nice slide by. In the second period, Wright would score a reversal into a pinning combination for a fall. 

At 106#, Nick Mara received a forfeit. At 113#, highly-ranked Matt Rogge scored a couple of nice takedowns, one with a leg sweep single. He also had a couple of pinning combinations, one with an outside cradle, en route to a 10-2 major decision. 


PdC boys easily defeat Dodgeville

A determined Hunter Davis of Prairie du Chien scores 2 of his 17 points Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Josh Dyer eyes a shot in first-half action versus Dodgeville.

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer drives hard along the left baseline Friday night.


On Friday night, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks played in front of an inspired student section and home crowd as the Hawks opened up SWC play.  

The Hawks showed tremendous ball movement on the offensive end by making the extra pass which led them to shoot 56 percent from the floor for the game.  


WS girls cruise past Weston

Maddy Reichmann goes up for a layup Thursday night.

Haley Atkinson of Wauzeka-Steuben grabs a rebound. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Erin Krachey drives to the basket against visiting Weston Thursday night.

Peyton Mindham looks for an open teammate.

Maddy Reichmann scoops the ball up and in.


Wauzeka-Steuben easily beat visiting Weston 71-29 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Thursday night. 

Wauzeka-Steuben built a 48-20 halftime lead and cruised to the win.

Erin Krachey had a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Hornets. Jordan Mormann netted 11. Maddy Reichmann scored 10 and Ravyn Krachey tickled the twine for 8.


Prairie du Chien matmen take down Viroqua

Prairie du Chien senior Luke Wright pins his Viroqua opponent on the edge of the mat.

Senior Reid Koenig throws a leg in while working a power half.

Senior Tyler Smock decks his opponent with a tight headlock.


The defending SWC and Regional Champion PdC Blackhawks opened the 2018-2019 season on Thursday, Nov. 29, traveling to always tough Viroqua for a nonconference dual. 

The meet started at 195#. Grant Martin made his debut in a Blackhawk singlet. Martin wrestled a tough match against a senior before being pinned in period two. 

At 220#, Luke Wright would lock up a bear hug and take his opponent to his back for a quick first period fall.