When and where: January 7th in Baldwin
Outcomes: St. Croix Falls 39, Baldwin-Woodville 30; St. Croix Falls 63, Bloomer/Colfax 16; St. Croix Falls 78, Prescott 6
Summary: St. Croix Falls got their first chance of the season to wrestle multiple teams at the same meet when they traveled to Baldwin to compete in a quadrangular. The Saints swept their three matches by defeating Baldwin-Woodville, Bloomer/Colfax and Prescott.
Comments: “The team had its multi-dual event featuring its first ranked opponent of the year with Baldwin-Woodville being ranked #9 in division-2,” St. Croix Falls Coach Joe Raygor began. “Baldwin-Woodville has a strong tradition so that was a fun marquee matchup. The match went back and forth and had a couple upsets that weren’t expected on paper. Because of this the entire match came down to senior captain James Kemp pinning his opponent at 195 pounds to seal the deal. Absolutely an exciting opportunity for James to be a hero for the team.”
Highlights: “The biggest individual matchup of the night was Kole Marko ranked number 1 at 152 pounds in division-3 defeating Bowen Rothbauer ranked #2 in division-2,” Raygor noted. “Bowen placed third at the WIAA individual State tournament and holds a great position. Kole came out very explosive and scored two sets of takedowns in the first period. He controlled the match for the entirety and clinched the win 7-4. Kole’s success is tied to doing the little things right and it’s great to see him continue to evolve in his skills. The other marquee win came from freshman Kellen Kelly at 106 pounds. He defeated Colton Hush of Baldwin-Woodville who’s also a freshman and is ranked fifth in the state in division-2. Hush has had an amplitude of success in the youth circuit winning youth State titles and placing at Nationals. Kellen Kelly was able to adjust from their past experiences and score in critical moments. The match was decided in overtime with Kellen finishing a left-handed high crotch for the win.”
Comments: “You can feel the mask mandates and Covid protocols are definitely affecting participation numbers in other schools and the SCF Wrestling program is lucky to have such dedicated families and athletes,” Raygor summarized. “We have 27 wrestlers that are willing to practice at different times, wearing masks, and sanitizing everything, all in order to compete safely.”
Upcoming: “Next up SCF wrestlers will be facing Osceola, New Richmond, and Chetek/Prairie Farm at Osceola on January 14th,” Raygor said. “Osceola and SCF used to be rivals and it’s always fun to wrestle your neighbor down the road and see some of those old rivalries come out.”