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Wrestling: Wildcats claim NR Invite title

Nathan Fuller won an individual title at 170 pounds and 10 Wildcats reached the semifinals in their respective weight classes to lead the Cats to a first place team finish at the 50th annual New Richmond Invitational Saturday, Jan. 5, at New Richmond High School.

River Falls topped the 10-team field with 265 points. Amery took second with 250.5 and Osceola was third with 227.5.

Fuller rolled through the 170-pound weight class, opening with back-to-back pins before recording a technical fall in the quarterfinals. He pinned Carter Melton of Spooner/Webster in 3 minutes, 30 seconds in the semifinal bout before pinning Kale Hopke of Amery in 4:48 in the title match.

Owen Larson reached the finals at 120 pounds before losing to Mason Tylee of Amery to place second. Larson used three pins and a major decision to reach the title bout.

Five Wildcats contributed third place finishes to the team's total score.

Miles Longsdorf earned a 3-1 decision over Osceola's John Hove in the third place match at 138 pounds and Tyler Haydon pinned Rice Lake's Deairus Clerveaux at 145. Garrett Borth pinned Nate Fesenmaier of Spring Valley/Elmwood to claim third place at 160 pounds and Marcus Cudd pinned Travis Marty of Spring Valley/Elmwood at 195 while Gabe Glaubitz pinned Chance Schroeder of Amery at 220.

Josie Bartishofski (106), James Hampton (113) and Tyler Kliszcz (285) all reached the semifinals before finishing fourth.

Cooper Andrea added a fifth place finish at 132 pounds and Bennet Cernohous placed sixth at 126 while Austin Mueller took sixth at 182 and Leyton Hadzima was seventh at 152.

The Wildcats will look to remain undefeated in Big Rivers Conference duals when they travel to Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, Jan. 10.

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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