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County wrestling teams win Thursday meets

Spring Valley/Elmwood's Chris Craft eyes-up Clear Lake's Ian Rubel.3 / 6
Spring Valley/Elmwood's Ryan Berg peels himself away from Clear Lake's Alex Colbeth.4 / 6
Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestler Devon Johnson puts his face into the back of Clear Lake's Mitch Paulson.5 / 6
Young Spring Valley/Elmwood cheerleaders look to their peers to set an example.6 / 6

Three Pierce County prep wrestling teams were victorious in dual meet action Thursday evening, the final action before the holiday break.

Spring Valley/Elmwood put it's No. 1 ranking on the line quickly against No. 10 Clear Lake in Spring Valley. The Redbirds were big winners 60-15. SVE broke open a close 24-15 meet in the upper weights where a beautiful spinning throw in the third period by Ethan Hofacker led to a come-from-behind 5-2 win at 195 pounds followed by wins for SVE wrestlers Mike Roesler at 220 and D.J. Wheeler at heavyweight. SVE cleaned up in the lightweights with pins by Andrew Webb at 106, Derek Huebel at 113 and Cruze Hurlbert at 120.  Trent Miller also scored a pinfall win for SVE at 160. The Redbirds are unbeaten at 7-0

No. 2 Ellsworth won at New Richmond 51-21 but that was largely due to five NR forfeits from their injury scarred varsity line-up. The Panthers won only four of the nine matches wrestled including Jens Lantz, Gabe Frandsen and Brock Steldt by pins at their respective weight classes and Brad Cain by a 12-6 decision at 138.  Still, EHS is 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference before the break.

Prescott won its second MBC dual 36-24 over Baldwin-Woodville at home.  Troy Urman had a pin in :45 for the home team and freshman Dillon Kimmen also pinned for Prescott at 170. Other winners for the Cardinals were Alex Stuhl, Bailey Langer, Tyler Miller and Sam Hoopingarner. The Cards are 2-1 overall and in the league.

You can find out more on these meets and what's ahead for the county's high school wrestling teams by reading the print edition of the Pierce County Herald, out on newstands Monday afternoon.