Crofton-Bloomfield Wrestling takes 4th at Conference
The Crofton-Bloomfield wrestling team took fourth place in the Mid-State Conference tournament in Battle Creek on Feb. 6. “As a team we wrestled pretty well,” said head coach Caden Alexander. Only seven of twelve Crofton-Bloomfield wrestlers competed in the tournament due to injury or illness. Six of the seven placed in the top four, receiving All-Conference honors.
Hudson Barger won his first match in the 106 ending in a pin. Barger won his second match by a small margin 9-8. His final match was a rematch against a district opponent. “He wrestled very well and won by major decision 14-6 on his way to be a Conference Champion,” said head coach Caden Alexander. Barger’s current record is 37-15.
William Poppe won his first two matches in 132 by pin before reaching the second period. Poppe took his semifinals match 3-1. In the finals, Poppe faced the fourth ranked wrestler in the state from Battle Creek. Poppe had a takedown in the first period, scoring two points. The third period didn’t go Poppe’s way and he lost 4-2 against a state-ranked wrestler. Poppe won second team All-Conference, and his current record is 35-15.
Tyson Sauser had the toughest bracket of the tournament in 138. Sauser’s first match was won by pin in the first period. He controlled his second match and won over returning state qualifier Hochstein 7-1. In the semifinals he faced the third ranked wrestler in Class B, Thompson from O'Neill. Tyson wrestled well, but lost 14-6. In Sauser’s next match he faced a returning state qualifier from Battle Creek, Battershaw, and won a hard fought match 1-0. In the third place match, Sauser dominated Hochstein in a rematch, pinning him in the third period. Sauser won third team All-Conference and his current record is 38-10.
Calvin Dather won his first match in 182 by pin during the first period. In the semifinals he lost to Davis from O'Neill, and in the in the next match Dather lost to Spann from Wayne. Dather’s current record is 18-18.
“Ty Tramp wrestled very well and was our wrestler of the week,” said head coach Caden Alexander. Tramp won his first two matches by pin before losing in the semifinals. In the next match Tramp had a pin in the second period. In the third place match Tramp went down 5-0 right away before getting a reversal. Tramp had a takedown in the second period, and then gave up an escape to make the score 6-4. In the third period Tramp had another takedown with thirty seconds left to tie the score at 6-6. The match went into overtime where the first takedown wins the match. Tramp hit a great shot to get the final takedown and finish with an overtime win and third team All-Conference honors. His current record is 16-13.
Jared Janssen received a bye in the first round in 220. In the semifinals, Janssen had a rematch with Carrillo of Wayne. Janssen went down 2-0 right away before coming back to win his fourth match 10-6. In the finals Janssen wrestled the fifth ranked wrestler in Class B, Kuehler from Pierce. Janssen wrestled tough but gave up two takedowns and an escape to lose 5-1. Janssen won second team All-Conference and his current record is 30-16
Paxton Bartels received a bye in the first round of 285. In the semifinals Bartels faced Fraher from Guardian Angels Central Catholic. Bartels was put into a headlock, but used his strength and rolled through. He came up on and pinned his opponent. In the finals match Paxton faced Zlomke of Battle Creek. He wrestled a tough first period, but in the second gave up a throw to his back and lost. Bartels won second team All-Conference and his current record is 17-19.
Madisen Petersen wrestled two exhibition matches against Afftynn Stusse of Battle Creek. They both placed third at girl’s state last weekend in their respective weight classes.
The Crofton-Bloomfield wrestling team will head to Oakland-Craig for districts on Feb. 15-16.