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Wildcat Sebastian Larson works to pin Eau Claire Memorial's Tracy Jensen in the 170-pound match at the Cat's Big Rivers Conference. Larson earned the pin in 3:36 to help the Cats to a 39-30 victory. Bob Burrows photo.

The Wildcat wrestling team posted a 39-30 victory over Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday, Jan. 12, before going 1-2 at the Stillwater Duals on Saturday.

The Cats lost to Stillwater, 48-12, before wrestling to a 33-33 tie with Mahtomedi. Mahtomedi was awarded the victor based on number of matches won. River Falls then beat North St. Paul, 48-30, in its final dual of the day.

"This weekend was a great learning opportunity for our whole team, especially our younger wrestlers because they are starting to believe in what they are capable of achieving through their continued hard work," head coach Joe Cudd said. "We are continuing to welcome the challenges that we are faced with, but are also starting to smoothly execute during these competitions. I was impressed with our level of conditioning because our opponents were always becoming tired before us, which will pay off in big dividends as we move into the latter part of our season."

Last Thursday at home against Eau Claire Memorial, Zach Radkey-Pechacek , at 126 pounds, and Sebastian Larson, at 170, earned pins to spark the Cats to a 39-30 victory.

Spencer Langer earned a 9-7 decision at 138 pounds while Logan Johnson (106), Tyler Kirchoff (152), Tyson Bystrom (220) and Ellis Johnson (285) won by forfeit.

The Cats continue Big Rivers Conference competition this Thursday, Jan. 19, at Menomonie, and will compete at the Eastview, Minn. Invite on Saturday.

"We look forward to a very competitive match-up in Menomonie on Thursday evening and an equally challenging weekend with our JV and varsity tournaments in Eastview on Saturday," Cudd said.

Beginning this month, Cudd said the Wildcat coaching staff is naming a junior varsity wrestler as a scout wrestler of the week, based on their performance and effort in practice and in competitions. This week's honor goes to senior Brady Johnson.

"Brady is a first-year wrestler who has given everything he has during both practices and competitions and his teammates and himself are improving because of his dedication to our team and the sport of wrestling," Cudd said. 

Read more about the Wildcats in the Jan. 19 print edition of the River Falls Journal. To purchase photos click here: River Falls Journal Photo Galleries

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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