By Paul Lecker
Spencer/Columbus wins Cloverbelt title
Spencer/Columbus had 11 top-four finishes, including seven individual champions, as it won the Cloverbelt Conference Wrestling Tournament team title on Feb. 3 at Osseo-Fairchild High School.
The Rockets finished with 236 points, edging Cadott by 16½ points for the title.
Ashton Ackman won 4-2 in overtime over Blaine Brenner of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee in the 106-pound championship match to start the parade of Rockets’ champions.
Dominick Wichlacz (113), Leo Rodriguez (120), Bryce Shaw (145), Carson Hildebrandt (170), Hunter Luepke (220), and Logan Zschernitz (285) followed with titles for Spencer/Columbus.
Shaw won by major decision, Luepke and Zschernitz earned pins, and the others won by decision in their respective championship matches.
Luepke remains undefeated this season after capturing his fourth-straight Cloverbelt title.
Jake Dick finished second at 126 pounds, Colten Schillinger (132) and Caden Schillinger (152) both took third, and Dylan Bohlinger was fourth at 138 for the Rockets.
Ackman, Wichlacz, Hildebrandt, and Zschernitz all repeated as conference champions.
Marshfield fourth at WVC meet
D.C. Everest rolled to the team title to earn its first-ever Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC) championship at the 2018 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Swimming Meet on Feb. 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Everest racked up 350 points to easily outdistance itself from Stevens Point (263) and Wisconsin Rapids (251). Marshfield earned fourth place with 205 points, two ahead of Wausau East.
Stevens Point had won the previous six WVC meets and last five overall conference titles.
Myles Jensen had Marshfield’s top finish, taking second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:00.48.
Jensen also teamed with Nathan Albanito, Jeffrey Berres, and Ethan Dagit to take third in the 400 freestyle in 3:43.12 for the Tigers.
Dagit took fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.48), Albanito was fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.33), and Jacob Dick finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.57 and fifth in the 200 IM (2:18.63) for Marshfield’s other top-five finishes.
Marshfield splits pair
A.J. Trierweiler saved all 25 shots that came his way, lifting Marshfield to a 4-0 shutout of Lakeland in a nonconference game Feb. 2 at the Lakeland Ice Arena.
Max Heller and Adam Maki scored in the first period, Evan Weister added a goal in the second, and Nick Urban scored on a power play in the third for the Tigers, who improve to 11-11 with the victory.
Marshfield was shut out by D.C. Everest 5-0 at home on Feb. 1 to fall to 1-8 in Wisconsin Valley Conference play.
Marshfield wins dual
Marshfield won all four events and Macey Smith took first in the all-around, as the Tigers gymnastics team downed Medford 131.075-109.7 in a Great Northern Conference crossover dual meet Feb. 1 at Medford High School.
Emma Haugen won the vault, Melanie Hafenbredl took first in the uneven bars, Bailey Schmitt won the balance beam, and Brooke McGrath was first in the floor exercise as the Tigers swept the four events.
Smith took second in the vault, third in the bars, and fourth in the floor as she won the all-around.
Haugen also placed second in the bars and Ally Bakke was second in the floor for Marshfield.