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Panthers end up third in D-SC duals

The St. Croix Central wrestling team placed seventh among 12 teams in the 2005 Dunn-St. Croix/Big Rivers Wrestling Challenge, held last Saturday at River Falls High School.

This is a significant step up for the Panthers,who were last in the tournament the past two years.

With their finish in the tournament, the Panthers had six wrestlers earn all-DSC honors. Curtis Hinkel earned first-team all-conference honors at 112 pounds. Wrestling their way onto the all-conference second team from Central were Mark Shaver, Trevor Helgeson, Ron Gilb, Garret Truesdill and Dez Zimmerman.

Eleven of the 14 Panther wrestlers in the tournament were placewinners and 12 of the 14 won at least one match in the combined conference tournament. The Panthers were one point behind Chippewa Falls for sixth place in the team standings.

Hinkel was the highest finisher for the Panthers in the tournament. He took second place at 112 pounds. He was beaten in the championship match by Tyler Hoehn of Chippewa Falls, 10-5. Hoehn is ranked second in the state in Division 1 at 103 pounds.

Trevor Helgeson took fourth at 130 pounds, where he is still working his way back into shape from a knee injury.

Two of the best performances for Central may have come in the fifth place showings from Kyle Helgeson and Dez Zimmerman. Helgeson seems to be a magnet for top-ranked opponents. In this tournament he went 4-1, including pins in his final three matches.

Zimmerman also pinned his final three opponents and his only loss of the day was in overtime.

Losses in lose matches hurt the Panthers several times in this tournament. Panther coach Brad Holzer said his goal for this week's practices is to find ways for the Panthers to win those close matches when they compete in WIAA regionals this Saturday. The Panthers will be wrestling in the Boyceville Division 3 Regional Tournament on Saturday, where action starts at 11 a.m.

2005 Dunn-St. Croix/Big Rivers Wrestling Challenge

Team Scores: Hudson 238.5, Boyceville 217, River Falls 189, Glenwood City 182, Menomonie 172.5, Chippewa Falls 143, St. Croix Central 142, Mondovi 100.5, Eau Claire Memorial 96, Rice Lake 86.5, Eau Claire North 68, Spring Valley/Elmwood 65

St. Croix Central results

103 - Jimmer Beedy, sixth, 1-2

112 - Curtis Hinkel, second, 3-1

119 - Dan Mataczynski, DNP, 1-2

125 - Mark Shaver, sixth, 2-2

130 - Trevor Helgeson, fourth, 2-2

135 - Kyle Helgeson, fifth, 4-1

140 - Ron Gilb, fourth, 2-2

145 - Garret Truesdill, sixth, 3-2

152 - Dez Zimmerman, fifth, 3-1

160 - Craig Myer, sixth, 2-2

171 - Noah Ballom, DNP, 0-2

189 - Brett Bierbrauer, DNP, 0-2

215 - Sam Wells, seventh, 3-2

275 - Jake Lyons, eighth, 2-3


The WIAA wrestling regionals will be held around the state this Saturday.

The Middle Border Conference teams have been divided up to where they are competing in three different Division 2 regionals on Saturday, along with Somerset competing in Division 3.

New Richmond will be competing in the Baldwin-Woodville Division 2 regional meet. Teams in this meet include the Tigers, B-W, Altoona-Eau Claire Regis, Bloomer, Chetek-Prairie Farm and Stanley-Boyd. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. at Baldwin on Saturday.

Amery and Osceola will be competing in the Amery Division 2 regional, along with Ashland, Barron, Frederic-Grantsburg, Northwestern and Spooner. Action at Amery starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Ellsworth and Durand will be part of the field in the West Salem/Bangor Division 2 regional meet. Also in this regional are Black River Falls, Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau, Neillsville, Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta and West Salem/Bangor. Wrestling in this regional begins at 10 a.m.

In Division 3, Somerset and St. Croix Central will be among the teams competing in the Boyceville regional meet. Other teams in this regional include Boyceville, Clear Lake Glenwood City, Prescott and St. Croix Falls. The wrestling at Boyceville will start at 11 a.m.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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