St. Croix Central wrestlers skinned by BoycevilleA skin condition that spread through the team caused the St. Croix Central wrestlers to bench several of their top athletes for their final Dunn-St. Croix Conference dual match of the season last Thursday.
A skin condition that spread through the team caused the St. Croix Central wrestlers to bench several of their top athletes for their final Dunn-St. Croix Conference dual match of the season last Thursday.
The highly anticipated clash with Boyceville proved to be little more than a junior varsity match, with five Panther starters sidelined. Boyceville was able to score a 57-18 win, resulting in Central’s second loss of the conference season.
Central coach Brad Holzer said his teams haven’t had a skin problem in his 15 years of coaching. He suspects that the illness was picked up at the Westby Invitational earlier this month. He said all of the athletes showing symptoms have been treated and the problem is under control.
The strength of the Panther lineup is the middle and upper weights and that’s where injury and illness hit them hardest Thursday. Taking Brian Gibb, Cody Nyhagen and Carl Moll out of the heart of the Panther lineup left the team little chance of being competitive with Boyceville.
The three best chances for wins for the Panthers all came through and they all delivered pins. Lukas Smith earned his pin in the 120-pound match. Seniors Kyle Aaby and Austin Edison pinned their opponents in the 182- and 220-pound classes, respectively.
The Panthers complete their regular season this Thursday with a non-conference clash at St. Croix Falls. The Panthers then turn their sights to the annual BRC/DSC tournament that will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at River Falls High School.
This tournament offers outstanding competition from both conferences. Hudson and Menomonie lead a strong contingent of Big Rivers Conference wrestlers, while Central, Boyceville and Spring Valley are the best of a strong Dunn-St. Croix squadron.
“That’s why we continue to go with this format,” Holzer said. “It’s nice to see some different people and get some great competition. Every weight class should have two or three legitimately good kids.”