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Chi-Hi wrestling invitational 1-13-18

Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee's Ben Turner works for a pinfall on Clear Lake's Trevor Kivi during their matchup in the 182-pound quarterfinals on Saturday at Chi-Hi.

Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee's Ben Turner won all three of his matches at 182 pounds en route to a Chi-Hi wrestling invitational championship on Saturday afternoon at Chi-Hi.

Turner (20-6) was joined near the front of the pack for the Orioles by three third-place finishes to lead the team at Saturday's invite.

The senior Turner scored a pinfall win over Clear Lake's Trevor Kivi and major decision win against Chi-Hi's Hayden Hedrington to advance to the finals where he beat Glenwood City's Jake Kopacz with a pin in the third round. It marked the third year in a row an Oriole wrestler won a championship at the invite. Sam Burzynski took home titles in 2016 and 2017.

“He’s really starting to come around as a good all-around wrestler with his feet on the mat and on top as well," Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee coach Greg Burzynski said of Turner.

Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee's lightweight wrestlers fared well on Saturday with the team's three lightest competitors each taking third as Brandon Buck (106), Dustin Bergman (113) and Ruben Sanchez (120) each took third place.

Tyler Krizan was fourth at 220 pounds for the Orioles, who took eighth with 87.5 points, a half a point behind Chi-Hi in seventh (88).

“Overall I thought we thought we did OK," Burzynski said. "We’re missing some guys but we had five of our 10 guys finish in the top four.”

Matthew Pomietlo led the way for the Cardinals on Saturday by taking third place at 170 pounds. Pomietlo started the day with a pinfall victory over Clear Lake's James Williams before being bested by Edgar's Brock Handrick by second-round pin in the semifinals. Pomietlo bounced back to take third with a pinfall victory over Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek's Luke Fischer.

“We were undermanned today. We’re still battling injuries but I was happy with the team's performance," Chi-Hi coach Tom Pomietlo said.

Jakob Anderson (113), Austin Smith (138) and Hayden Hedrington (182) each finished fourth in their respective weight classes while Ross Kaz (152) and Taylor Pahl (285) were fifth.

“Overall we’re really young right now and we’re putting kids out there that are sophomores in a really tough field," coach Pomietlo said. "They had to battle to get a place.”

Clear Lake won the team championship with 245 points, well in front of New Richmond (181) in second. The team title was the second in a row at the invite for the Warriors.

Both teams jump back into conference dual action this week as the Cardinals compete at Eau Claire North on Thursday and the Orioles compete against Thorp and Altoona/Regis on Friday in Thorp.

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Chippewa Herald sports editor

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