Prairie Grapplers Triumphant

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Isaac Avery (left) of Prairie du Chien faces Brad Goffinet of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their quarterfinal 182-pound match. Avery would go on to win 7-5. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Clayton DuCharme attempts an escape versus Evan Thomas of Richland Center in their 170-pound quarterfinal match.

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Rogge gets the pin in 1:17 over Drew Latterel of Dodgeville in their 106-pound semifinal match Saturday.

Prairie’s Chase Fisher (left) squares off against Max Schmidt of Richland Center in their semifinal match at 113 pounds Saturday. Fisher went on to get third place.

Jerrod Osterkamp of Prairie du Chien gets control over Kaidon Cowley of River Valley in their 285-pound quarterfinal. Osterkamp would go on to post a 2-1 victory.

Prairie’s Keenan Holley (top) tries to gain control over Caleb Radtke of River Valley in their 120-pound semifinal.

Reid Koenig pins Wylie Nies of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in 1:18 in their 132-pound quarterfinal match Saturday.

Traeton Saint of Prairie du Chien tries to turn Eli Reeson of Dodgeville. Saint won by technical fall 17-1 in 3:46 in their 138-pound semifinal.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an escape from Shaedyn Lane of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their 160-pound semifinal. Rogge won by technical fall, 16-0 in 3:55. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Blackhawks’ Stephen Ronnfeldt tries to turn Riley Christenson of Belmont-Platteville in their 195-pound semifinal Saturday. Ronnfeldt went on to pin Christenson in 2:58. (Photo by Correne Martin)


Blackhawk wrestlers 

are Regional Champions

The 2017-2018 Prairie du Chien wrestling team continues to make history. On Saturday, Feb. 10, PDC hosted a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. They also won a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. 

On a day filled with plenty of excitement, the Blackhawk grapplers remained focused with their eyes on the prize. This was something the team had circled on the calendar at the beginning of the season. 

In the opening round, Isaac Avery and Jerrod Osterkamp both picked up big wins to set the tone for the day that was to be for the Blackhawks. From there on out, the Blackhawks would be a very stingy group. The Blackhawks would go 9-4 in the semifinal round, and 6-3 in the finals. 

One of the highlights of the finals was the three Blackhawk seniors (Blake Garcia, Nick Rogge, Stephen Ronnfeldt) picking up Regional Championships in their final match on the PDC wrestling mat. Once the dust settled, PDC scored 249.5 points to finish in first. Team scores were:

1. Prairie du Chien: 249.5

2. River Valley: 191

3. Dodgeville: 170

4. Richland Center: 138

5. Cuba City: 101

6. Mount Horeb: 89

7. Belmont/Platteville: 73

By finishing first, PDC advances to Team Sectionals. Viroqua will be the host, and PDC will wrestle Lodi at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Individual results were:

106 Matt Rogge: 1st

113 Chase Fisher: 3rd

120 Keenan Holley: 3rd

126 Bradyn Saint: 2nd

132 Reid Koenig: 2nd

138 Traeton Saint: 1st

145 Blake Garcia: 1st

152 Tyler Smock: 1st

160 Nick Rogge: 1st

170 Clayton DuCharme: 6th

182 Isaac Avery: 4th

195 Stephen Ronnfeldt: 1st

220 Colten Wall: 2nd

285 Jerrod Osterkamp: 4th

First and second-place finishers advance to Saturday’s individual sectional. Richland Center will be the host with a 10 a.m. start time. The nine sectional qualifiers are also a PDC school record.

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