Conference wrestling tournaments Saturday
High School wrestling's postseason begins Saturday with conference meets. The Middle Border's takes place in Osceola while the Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix Jamboree is at River Falls. Both get underway after 10 a.m. and run all day.
Ellsworth is defending champion in the MBC and did nothing this season to remove the favorite tag as they went through the league's dual meets with a perfect record. The Panthers have won 70-straight dual meets within the conference.
Big Rivers dual meet champion Hudson won the Jamboree last season for the fourth-straight season and the Raiders are one of the favorites to do so again. But they will get strong competition from fellow top-ranked school Boyceville, the host school River Falls, D-SC dual meet champ Glenwood City and Chippewa Falls.
Amery and New Richmond and Osceola will look to upend the Panthers in the Middle Border meet. The Warriors will need for their top wrestlers to win titles or finish in the top three and the get some help along the way from wrestlers at other schools winning titles.
Returning champs in MBC meet are Amery's Chad Bartschenfeld and Blake Lundgren, Ellsworth's Sam Huppert, D.J. Yarwood and Noah McLay, and Baldwin-Woodville's Zac Weyer.
Weyer is one of the Ellsworth "blockers" Amery will be counting on to win an individual title. Others are New Richmond's Joel Neumann at heavyweight, Durand's Travis Robelia at 125 and Andrew Hartmann at 135; Osceola's Dalton Spry at either 189 or 215, John Olson at 103 and Mitch Dulon at 112 and Somerset's Gabe Flandrick at 130 and Trevor Bushinger at 145
Returning Jamboree champs are Chi-Hi's Izzy Balsinger, Hudson's Art Vinzant, Boyceville's Jason Stuart and Sam Hayes, River Falls' Austin Johnson, Glenwood City's Garrett Bonte and St. Croix Central's Zach Gillis.
103 pounds will be one of the most competitive weight classes in the MBC meet. It's here that Prescott will have its best shot of winning a title with Josh Farr.
103 is also where Spring Valley-Elmwood can win an individual title in
the Jamboree with the state ranked Brady Webb.
Both 152 and 160 will be fiercely contested classes at the Jamboree.