Prairie wrestling team is regional champion

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Members of the Prairie du Chien wrestling team pose with their hardware at Saturday’s WIAA D2 Regional, which was hosted by Prairie du Chien in the Fieldhouse. Ten members of the team advanced to this Saturday’s WIAA D2 Sectional, hosted by Richland Center, with the opportunity to advance to the WIAA State Tournament.

Ryder Koenig uses his legs for a guillotine to score near fall points against his River Valley opponent in the finals. Koenig would go on to score a 10-0 major decision.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the WIAA Wrestling Tournament series started in the state of Wisconsin. Prairie du Chien was host for a WIAA Division 2 Regional, with seven teams competing for a crown. 

The PDC grapplers showed up to wrestle, and came away with a Regional Championship, making this the fifth consecutive year the Hawks have done so. 

PDC scored 237 points on their way to gaining the collective team win. Darlington/Black Hawk finished 2nd with 185 points, followed by River Valley, Belmont/Platteville, Dodgeville, Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern, and Richland Center. 

At the end of the day, the Hawks advanced 10 wrestlers to this weekend’s individual sectional, which is the qualifier for the State Tournament. Champions were: Ryder Koenig (126#), Rhett Koenig (132#), Maddox Cejka (152#), Brogan Brewer (170#), and Blake Thiry (195#). Finishing as runners up and also advancing were: Mason Baumgartner (113#), Drew Hird (138#), Luke Kramer (145#), Cole Halverson (160#), and Ty Wagner (182#). In addition, Drake Ingham (120#) finished third, Dylan Wright (285#) finished sixth, and Jack MacEachern (220#) finished 7th. 

On Saturday, the Blackhawks will be in Richland Center for individual sectionals with a 10 a.m. start. Go Hawks!

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