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MADISON - St. Croix Central did not have a good quarterfinal round at the WIAA State Wrestling Meet at the Kohl Center. All three of their wrestlers were beaten in the quarterfinals and will have to wrestle in the consolation round later this afternoon. Cody Nyhagen lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Marinette's Jadin Bovin 3-1. Sectional champ Carl Moll lost his first state match 3-2 to Clay Fitzpatrick of Viroqua at 170, unable to get takedown late in the third period after Fitzpatrick had been penalized by the referee which cost him a point.
MADISON - Gabe Flandrick came out ahead on a flurry of action late in the third period and emerged a semifinalist at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center this morning. The Somerset senior was tied with Alex Peters of West Salem/Bangor 1-1 at 160 pounds when he scored a late takedown. Peters, in a rush, was able to get away from Flandrick but Flandrick quickly took him back down the mat and scored a takedown for a 5-2 win. Flandrick will take on Marinette's Jaden Boivin (41-1), who beat St. Croix Central's Cody Nyhagen 4-3 in overtime.
MADISON - New Richmond's Shane Blackman's run in the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament was ended this morning as he lost in the consolation round at the Kohl Center. Blackman, a junior, was beated by freshman Eddie Smith of Sauk Prairie by a 17-2 technical fall at 113 pounds in Division 1. Blackman's regular season record is a final 32-5.
MADISON - Somerset wrestler Gabe Flandrick had a successful opening day at the WIAA state tournament at the Kohl Center. The Spartan senior defeated Wisconsin Lutheran's Dan Squires 7-4 at 160 pounds Thursday's evening to move on to the quarterfinals in Division 2. Flandrick (41-2) will face senior Cole Hansen (42-5) of Marshall. The quarterfinals begin Friday at 11:15 a.m. The winner of the match wrestles tonight in the semifinals, the loser in the consolation round later in the afternoon. The Spartans' Bobby LeRoy will also be wrestling this morning.
MADISON - Two St. Croix Central wrestlers moved on to the quarterfinals after winning their prelim round matches in WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Thursday evening at the Kohl Center. Cody Nyhagen's reversal late in the third period overturned a 3-2 deficit to Sheboygan Falls's Mitchell Lambrecht and led to his 4-3 victory at 160 pounds in Division 2. Teammate Kyle Aaby added to a 3-2 lead in the first period with a second period escape.
MADISON - New Richmond's Shane Blackman was injured in a takedown attempt by Stoughton's Collin Kraus. The end result was a quarterfinal loss by the Tiger wrestler at the WIAA State Tournament late Thursday afternoon. The injury came at the end of the second period with the score tied 2-2. The match was stopped for several minutes while Blackman was attended to by trainers. Blackman led the match 2-1 after getting a takedown near the edge of mat early in the second period.
MADIDSON - New Richmond's Shane Blackman had a successful first-round match at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday afternoon. Blackman shutout Kaukauna's Bailey Van Handel 5-0 at 113 pounds. Blackman improves to 32-3 overall. It was scoreless for much of the first period until Blackman scored a takedown for a 2-0 lead. He used that momentum to get three nearfall points while riding Van Handel through the second period.
Wrestlers from St. Croix County in Hudson, New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central will be in action on the first day of the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. The Division 1 prelims begin at 3 p.m. this afternoon. New Richmond junior Shane Blackman (31-3) is one of the favorites at 113 pounds and is one of the very first matches of the tournament as he faces sophomore Bailey Van Handel of Kaukauna (39-10). Hudson's tournament quartet starts with senior Austin Koski (35-8) as he takes on junior Max Mijal of Pulaski (34-5) at 145 pounds.
SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley Stagehands will hold auditions for "Oliver" at the Spring Valley Theater this Sunday from 8-10 p.m., and next Monday and Tuesday, from 6-9 p.m. "Oliver" is the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and joins up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by Fagin, an elderly mentor. A large cast of characters needs to be filled.
RIVER FALLS--The Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS) will offer a Dairy Farm Safety Short Course to dairy producers at the Government Center in Durand on Thursdays, March 21 and 28. The CDFS 10-hour short course is a comprehensive program covering: --"Best Practice" protocols for the dairy farm; --The Dairy Local Emphasis Program (LEP) and what it means for producers; --Hazard identification and risk assessment; --Chemical inventories and labeling; --Components of an effective safety and health program; --Hazards when working with animals, in farm structures, as well as with tractors a