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Wrestling: Wildcats regional champs

Wildcat senior Josie Bartishofski, pictured competing at the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic earlier this season, became the first female wrestler in Wisconsin history to win a WIAA regional title in Chippewa Falls Saturday, Feb. 9

River Falls senior Josie Bartishofski became the first female wrestler in Wisconsin history to win a WIAA regional title and 11 Wildcats reached the semifinals as the Cats claimed their first regional team championship since 2001 at the Chippewa Falls regional Saturday, Feb. 9.

River Falls edged Big Rivers Conference rival Hudson by 14 points to advance to the WIAA team sectional Tuesday, Feb. 12, against Marshfield at Wausau East High School. The winner will qualify for the WIAA State Team Tournament March 1-2 in Madison.

Bartishofski was one of three individual champions for the Wildcats, claiming the 106-pound title, while Nathan Fuller won at 152 and Garnett Ripley at 220.

Five Wildcats finished runner-up-- James Hampton at 113, Owen Larson at 120, Bennett Cernohous at 126, Miles Longsdorf at 132 and Tyler Haydon at 145. Tyler Kliscz placed third at 285 while Garrett Borth, at 170, and Marcus Cudd, at 195, finished fourth.

All 11 Wildcat semi finalists will move on to the WIAA Division 1 sectional Saturday, Feb. 16, in Menomonie. The top two finishers in each weight class will advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament Feb. 21-23 in Madison.

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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