By Paul Lecker
RIVER FALLS — Spencer had four top-six finishes and placed third out of 14 teams in the Division 3 standings at the two-day Northern Badger Wrestling Classic on Monday and Tuesday at River Falls High School.
The Rockets finished with 157 points to take third in Division 3. Boyceville won D-3 team standings with 298.5 points. Clear Lake took second with 214.
Sparta won the Division 1 team standings, and Spring Valley/Elmwood was first in Division 2.
Tyler Voda took fourth for the Rockets’ best finish. Voda (12-9) reached the semifinals before being pinned in two straight matches to take fourth at 195 pounds.
Hunter Luepke was fifth at 182 pounds, and Daniel Wilke also took fifth at 138 for Spencer.
Wilke (20-3) won the fifth-place match 6-4 over Brett Vonruden of Sparta.
Luepke lost a quarterfinal at 182 before rallying to win three matches in a row. Luepke defeated Walker Polhamus of Sparta with a pin in 3:46 in the fifth-place match.
Zach Schneider was sixth at 170, Nathan Neumann was ninth at 145, and Dominick Wichlacz was 12th at 106 to place for the Rockets.
Spencer will be off until Jan. 10 when it competes at the Merrill Invitational.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)