The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm wrestling team competed in the Cameron Triad last week, losing to the Comets and defeating Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe. The Bulldogs also wrestled in the Superior Spartan Classic over the weekend as freshman Jayson Ford took first place at the tournament during his first week on the mat for the ‘Dogs.   

Starting off the week at Cameron, the C-W/PF Bulldogs (3-7, 0-3) were bested by the hometown Comets 54-18. 

Cameron’s Kayne Johnson (120 pounds) and Zach Zappa (126 pounds) won by pinfall to put the Comets ahead 12-0.

However, C-W/PF responded with back-to-back pins of its own as freshman Jason Ford (132 pounds) and sophomore Wylee Huset (138 pounds) each won their matches with first-period pins. 

The Comets then rattled off 42 points seven consecutive wins—four pins and three forfeits. Tallying pins for Cameron were Tanner Gerber (145 pounds), Tommy Quinn (152 pounds), Caleb Gillett (160 pounds) and Ashtyn Waite (182 pounds).

Picking up the final win for the Bulldogs was C-W/PF heavyweight (285 pounds) Cedar Langer who pinned Zach Folz in just 32 seconds.

Following the loss to Cameron, C-W/PF squared off against Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe. On paper, the Bulldogs won the match 36-15, earning all 36 points by forfeit wins, for the second win of the year. 

Earning forfeit wins for C-W/PF were: Dawson Klefstad (120 pounds), Ford, Huset, James Chamberlain (160 pounds), Thor Sather (182 pounds) and Langer. 

 Although Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe lost the match, they won all three matches that were wrestled during the dual match.

Two days later, C-W/PF headed north to compete in the Superior Spartan Classic on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Grand Rapids, Minn., won the team portion of the 15-team tournament with 167 points, followed by Northwestern with 140 and Rock Ridge with 73. The Bulldogs finished in eighth place with 49 team points.

“Our varsity wrestlers had a great day, with Jayson Ford winning the championship at the 132 weight class,” noted C-W/PF head coach Chad Olson. 

In just his second competition of the season and first tournament of his high school career, Ford shined at the tournament. Ford (7-1 season record) placed first  in the 132-pound bracket and scored 20 team points. His path to the championship started with a pin over won by fall over Ashland’s Gage Meierotto. Ford lost his second match of the tourney 6-2 to Grand Rapids’ Sam Villeneuve-Soule but bounced back with three consecutive pins to win the meet. He defeated Villeneuve-Soule in the first-place match by pinfall in 2:24.

“Jayson has been eager to get on the mat for us all year at 132 pounds, but due to the weight loss rules by the WIAA, we had a long wait to get there. In his championship match, he wrestled an opponent who had beat him prior. Jayson got his redemption by dominating the match by 12 points before pinning him in the third period. Jayson showed he can wrestle in a high pressure situation and get a win. As a coaching staff, we are excited to see his accomplishments he has worked so hard to achieve,” stated coach Olson. 

Huset (11-3) had the next best placement for the Bulldogs, finishing the day in fourth place.

Wylee also had a great day placing fourth. He went 3-2 on the day, wrestling hard in every match,” Olson noted. “Justin Fowler also wrestled well going 2-2 on the day. In his opening match as he upset the No. 2-seeded wrestler. Also picking up wins on the day were Klefstad, Chamberlain and Noah Bradley.”

Competing at 120 pounds, Klefstad (7-9) finished in fifth place and wrestled to a 1-4 record on the day. At 138 pounds, Fowler (5-6) placed sixth and, eventually, was bounced from the tournament when he lost in the fifth-place match to East Ridge’s Riley Kane. Bradley (2-3) wrestled to a 2-3 record and finished seventh.

Sather (6-11) and Chamberlain (8-7) both won their final matches of the day and took seventh place. Brayden Mohr (3-15) rounded out the scoring with an eighth-place finish at 126 pounds.

We also had three junior varsity wrestlers entered into the tournament, and all picked up at least one win during the day.  Layden Ludwigson got to see his first competition of his high school wrestling career picking up a win by fall in his second match. It was great to finally see him on the mat and gaining valuable experience,” coach Olson explained. “Alex Campbell also had a nice day of wrestling picking up two pins. He has been getting better each week. Justin Sexton also picked up a win by fall. Justin always gives us everything he has on the mat, and it was great to see him have some success this past weekend.”

C-W/PF will wrestle in its second and final home match of the season when they host St. Croix Falls at Prairie Farm on Thursday, Jan. 13. 

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