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Cudd, Figi Northern Badger champs

Wildcat senior Adam Figi, right, wrestles St. Croix Central's Matt Smith in the 160 pound finals at the Northern Badger Classic Wednesday at the high school gym. Figi defeated Smith, 6-4.

Logan Cudd won his second individual championship and Adam Figi claimed his first to lead the Wildcat wrestling team to a third place finish at the 26th annual Northern Badger Classic Wednesday in River Falls.

Neillsville won the team title with 298 points followed by Amery with 249 and River Falls with 219.

Cudd earned his second Northern Badger championship with a 12-3 major decision over Kyle Johnson of Bruce in the 130 pound finals. Figi's title came at 160 pounds by winning a 6-4 decision over Matt Smith of St. Croix Central. Both Wildcat wrestlers went 5-0 in the two-day tournament.

Two other Wildcats, Matt Linehan and Nick Johnson, reached the semifinals of their respective weight classes before finishing third. Linehan pinned Lauden Wood of St. Croix Central at the 4:47 mark in the third place match at 215 while Johnson posted a 9-2 decision over Cody Blair of Taylor in the third place match at 285.

See the Jan. 5 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on this story.

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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