Central wrestlers give Boyceville all it can handle
It has been several years since the St. Croix Central wrestling team was able to give Boyceville a battle.
In the Friday night Dunn-St. Croix Conference battle between the two teams, Central's wrestlers gave the Bulldogs all they could handle. Boyceville was able to hold off the upstart Panthers, 45-30.
"We could have even come out on top if one or two more (matches) had gone our way," said St. Croix Central coach Brad Holzer.
Boyceville is expected to be the top team in the D-SC this season. At the start of the season nobody would have projected that the Panthers would have been able to compete with Boyceville, but the young Panthers have jelled quickly into a legitimate team.
The match started with Boyceville getting decisions at 140 and 145 pounds to take a 6-0 lead. That led into the strongest area in the lineup for the Panthers.
Ron Gilb and Dez Zimmerman each moved up in the lineup, with Gilb winning 12-4 at 152 pounds and Zimmerman scoring a 7-3 win at 160 pounds. Craig Myer then wrestled his first match of the season, winning 18-5 at 171 pounds to give the Panthers an 11-6 team lead.
The upper weights are where Boyceville will win a bunch of matches this season. The Bulldogs put together a string of three pins in the top three weights to go ahead 24-11. A win at 103 made Boyceville's lead 28-11.
The Panthers then made up much of that ground. They received a forfeit at 112, so the Panthers moved Curtis Hinkel up to 119 pounds. The move worked like a dream, with Hinkel rolling to an 11-0 win that cut the difference to 28-21.
Boyceville got a pin at 125 pounds, which locked up the team victory for the Bulldogs.
That led into the marquee match of the night, at 130 pounds. Central's Trevor Helgeson has been overpowering this season, but Boyceville's Brandon Heifner would be his best test so far. Heifner was a state tournament wrestler last season. Helgeson took care of business, pinning Heifner at 3:36.
"Trevor manhandled him," Holzer said. "I wish sectionals were right now, Trevor's wrestling out of his mind."
The final match of the night was at 135 pounds, where Boyceville's Steve Kurschner beat Kale Hilden by a technical fall. Holzer said he is trying to convince Hilden to move down to 125 pounds.
"He's a quality kid, he just happens to be behind Trevor (Helgeson)," Holzer said.
The next outing for the Panthers will be the Northern Badger Invitational, which will be held at UW-River Falls on Dec. 28-29.
Boyceville 45, St. Croix Central 30
140: Jeremy Webb (B) dec. Kyle Helgeson 13-7. 145: Erik Sutliff (B) dec. Garret Truesdill 10-4. 152: Ron Gilb (SCC) dec. Alex Synder 12-4. 160: Dez Zimmerman (SCC) dec. Jordan Hessler 7-3. 171: Craig Myer (SCC) dec. Tony Cormican 18-5. 189: Matt Durst (B) pinned Brett Bierbrauer 1:06. 215: Mike Poeschel (B) pinned Sam Wells 1:29. 275: Andy Schoonover (B) pinned Jake Lyons 1:00. 103: Bobby Harvey (B) dec. Brandon Lyons 14-1. 112: Jimer Beedy (SCC) won by forfeit. 119: Curtis Hinkel (SCC) dec. Kyle Swanson 11-0. 125: Adam Christopherson (B) pinned Mark Shaver 1:26. 130: Trevor Helgeson (SCC) pinned Brandon Heifner 3:36. 135: Steve Kurschner (B) by tech fall over Kale Hilden.