PdC wrestlers win SPASH Duals

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Prairie du Chien freshman 106-pounder Nick Mara scores near fall points just before pinning his Sussex Hamilton opponent.

 

On Saturday, Jan. 12, the PDC grapplers traveled to Stevens Point for the SPASH Duals. These duals are made up of two, five-team pools. A team wrestles all teams in their pool to determine their placement match. A year ago, PDC was crowned champs, so they were looking for the repeat. 

PDC would win their pool by the following: PDC 53 - DC Everest 21, PDC 77 - SPASH JV 6, PDC 38 - Oconto Falls 36, PDC 78 - Sussex Hamilton 0. 

That would put the state’s fifth-ranked Blackhawks in the championship to take on SPASH. SPASH would start out hot, leading 24-0 after four matches. 

Keenan Holley would receive a forfeit at 132# to get PDC on the board. At 138#, Reid Koenig would secure four takedowns, a couple on inside trips, before decking his opponent with a third period fall. At 145#, Traeton Saint would work his opponent over with nothing but takedowns and near fall points off cradles and double arm bars en route to a 16-0 technical fall. 

At 152#, Bradyn Saint would do more working over, leading 7-0 before pinning his opponent with a half nelson. At 170#, Tyler Smock would also deliver with a comfortable 7-1 lead before pinning his opponent. Ben Riter followed suit at 182# with an outside cradle for a fall. 

At 220#, Colten Wall’s 4-2 victory would put the Blackhawks up 38-33 heading into the final match. At 285#, Jerrod Osterkamp would secure the team victory by stalling his opponent out in the third period. 

The Blackhawks would win 44-33 to take home the trophy. On the day, the Blackhawks would win 52 matches against 15 losses. PDC wrestlers winning all five of their matches were: Keenan Holley, Traeton Saint, and Colten Wall.

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