RIVER FALLS — Cadott wrestler James Pfeiffer finished in second place at 160 pounds on Friday evening at the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic.
Pfeiffer was 4-1 over the course of the two-day tournament, winning his first four matches to advance to the finals where he was defeated by 10-3 decision by Boyceville’s Brock Schlough.
Teammates Bailey Gillett (132) and Brady Spaeth (152) each finished in third place, falling in semifinal matches before winning their third-place matches. Gillett topped Baldwin-Woodville’s Jordan Bonte by pinfall for third place while Spaeth defeated Bayfield/Washburn’s James LaPointe by a tight 4-3 decision.
Andrew Gunderson (138) took fourth while Nelson Wahl (126) and Ethan Tegels (182) each finished ninth for the Hornets.
Bloomer/Colfax’s Sawyer Best also finished in second place, winning his first four matches at 120 pounds before being defeated by Phillips’ Javyn Freeman by technical fall in the championship match. Mitchell Harmon (138) finished in sixth as well for Bloomer/Colfax.
Sam Pickerign was 5-1 to take fifth at 120 pounds for Cornell/Gilman with teammate Zach Person (152) close behind in sixth.
Cadott was third in the team standings in Division 3 with 180 points, Cornell/Gilman was ninth (75) in Division 2 and Bloomer/Colfax (72) finished 12th in Division 1. River Falls (245.5), St. Croix Falls (252) and Boyceville (243) won the Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 team titles, respectively.
Chi-Hi’s Hedrington 4-1 on first day at OTW Classic
At Oshkosh, Hayden Hedrington won four of five matches at 195 pounds to lead the Cardinals on the first day of the Oshkosh Lourdes On The Water Classic.
Hedrington scored two pinfall wins, a decision victory and a forfeit win. Jared Woodhull won three of four matches at 182 pounds while Jakob Anderson (113), Spencer Wagner (120), Austin Smith (132), Kyle Bowe (138) and Ross Kaz (152) each were 2-2 on the first day.
Chi-Hi is tied for 35th in team scoring after the first day with 66 points. Andrew (Ill.) leads the team standings with 217.5 points.
Neenah 52, Chi-Hi 45
At Wisconsin Dells, a nightmare of a first half doomed the Cardinals in holiday tournament play against the Rockets.
Chi-Hi scored just nine points in the first half, allowing Neenah to take a 25-9 lead into the break. The Cardinals rallied in the second half, outscoring the Rockets 34-27, but were unable to completely climb out of the hole they dug themselves early on.
Alexis Zenner and Caelan Givens combined for over half of Chi-Hi’s points with 13 and 12, respectively. Aaliyah McMillan added eight for the Cardinals and Ashley Hanley scored seven.
Megan Lee led Neenah with 17 points.
Chi-Hi (5-4) hosts Holmen in nonconference play on Tuesday.
Crookston (Minn.) 3, Chi-Hi 2
At Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the Cardinals’ comeback efforts came up just short in coach Scott Parker’s 700th career game at the helm.
Crookston took a 2-0 lead in the first period before Chi-Hi started chipping away at the lead with a Lucas Steinmetz goal 12:33 into the opening period.
Crookston’s restored its two-goal lead with a goal late in the second period. Couper Fosvik scored in the final minute of the game to pull Chi-Hi to within one goal, but the Cardinals couldn’t find the equalizer in the final 40 seconds.
Jaden Hoople made 34 saves in net for the Cardinals.
Chi-Hi (6-4-1) travels to Eau Claire to face Eau Claire North on Thursday.
Mondovi 59, Lake Holcombe 38
At Mondovi, the Chieftains fell to the Buffaloes in a nonconference matchup.
Kaden Kinney scored 11 points to lead Lake Holcombe (6-2) with Brady Webster adding 10 points and Trent Novak scoring nine for the Chieftains.
Owen Schultz was the top scorer in the game with 13 points for Mondovi (6-3).
Lake Holcombe hosts Prairie Farm on Tuesday.