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Wed
19
Feb

WS girls defeat Seneca


Maxine Grover of Seneca dribbles away from the full-court pressure applied by Tabitha Check and Regan Kramer of Wauzeka-Steuben. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Ravyn Krachey and Seneca’s Maxine Grover fight for a rebound.

Seneca’s Kendra Chambers grabs a rebound while battling with Alexis Wielepski of Wauzeka-Steuben Friday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben defeated visiting Seneca 48-36 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Friday night. 

The Lady Hornets improved to 16-4 on the season and 12-1 in conference action.

Wed
19
Feb

Eleven Prairie matmen advance to sectional


Freshman Rhett Koenig wrestles his Darlington/Blackhawk opponent in the semifinal round of regionals. Koenig would get the fall to advance to the finals, where he’d win a championship at 106#.

Freshman Maddox Cejka applies pressure against his Dodgeville opponent in the semifinal round of regionals. In the finals, Cejka would avenge a loss from just a week ago at the Clash, with an overtime thriller to win the championship at 120#.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the WIAA Wrestling Tournament series started in Wisconsin. 

Prairie du Chien was host for a WIAA D2 Regional, with seven teams competing for the crown. 

Wed
19
Feb

Prairie du Chien grapplers to state as a team for 1st time


The Prairie du Chien High School wrestling team hoists their hardware in Lodi Tuesday night, showing off their Sectional Championship plaque. By winning, the Hawks earned a berth in the Team State Duals, which will take place on Saturday, March 7 in Madison at the Fieldhouse. It is the first time in school history Prairie du Chien has qualified for the Team State Tournament. (Photo submitted)

The third time would prove to be a charm, as the Prairie du Chien Wrestling Blackhawks traveled to Lodi on Tuesday evening to Team Sectionals with a berth to the Team State Tournament on the line. In 2018, PDC was defeated by Lodi at Team Sectionals in the semifinal round and in 2019 PDC was defeated by GET/Mel-Min in the Team Sectional finals. This year would prove to be different. After advancing to Team Sectionals by virtue their regional victory on Saturday, PDC would have much to celebrate at Lodi!

Wed
12
Feb

Prairie du Chien matmen are SWC-SWAL Clash champions


Senior Tyler Hannah ties up with his Lancaster opponent in the finals of the Clash at 195#. Hannah would dominate and win by technical fall 17-2. In doing so, Hannah became a four-time conference champion.

Great effort sets numerous records

The Prairie du Chien wrestling Blackhawks made history on Saturday at Mineral Point by winning their first-ever SWC/SWAL Clash title. 

Wed
05
Feb

Big second half propels Seneca


Seneca’s Ashton Swanson shoots in the lane against visiting De Soto in first-half action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kadin Wallin grabs an offensive rebound and goes right back up for 2 points.

 

Seneca had a big second half to come back to beat visiting De Soto 60-33 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night.

The Pirates led 23-19 at halftime, but the Indians had a furious rally to outscore the Pirates 41-10 in the second half to gain the victory.

Ashton Swanson and Evan Payne each netted 17 points to pace Seneca. Kolton Chambers and Kadin Wallin both scored 9.

Wed
29
Jan

Prairie du Chien matmen 2nd at Fort Atkinson TKO


Luke Kramer, freshman 126#, uses a high pod en route to a takedown in his match. Kramer would go on to a strong third-place finish.

Bradyn Saint, junior 170#, puts a boot in as he digs an arm bar while posting with his head. Saint would go on the defeat his opponent by fall.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, Prairie du Chien 132-pound wrestler Matt Rogge won his 100th career match at the TKO in Fort Atkinson. Rogge, a junior, becomes just the 15th wrestler in the history of PDC wrestling to have 100 wins. The other PDC wrestlers with at least 100 wins are Traeton Saint 169, Taylor Elliott 150, Nick Rogge 142, Stephen Ronnfeldt 137, Mike Lenzendorf 134, Zach Elliott 132, Reid Koenig 124, Alex Stormoen 123, Clayton Beers 122, Blake Garcia 114, Bradyn Saint 112, Evan Sinram 109, Tyler Smock 102, Colten Wall 100. Congratulations Matt!

 

On Saturday, the Blackhawk grapplers traveled to Fort Atkinson for the 10th annual TKO (Terry Kramer Open). Seventeen teams were in attendance, comprised of nine D1 teams and eight D2 teams. 

PDC would finish second with 369.5 points, just 14 points behind D1 rated Slinger with 383.5. 

Wed
29
Jan

Hawks defeat Platteville Hillmen


Mason Kramer drives for Prairie’s final two points of the first half Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brandon Hanger looks for an open teammate Friday night.

Ryan Thein looks to score down low.

Josh Dyer gets a Platteville defender off of his feet and then goes up for the bucket.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks beat the Platteville Hillmen 47-34 in a Friday night match-up of two familiar conference opponents to improve to 3-2 in the conference.

The Prairie du Chien boys hosted Platteville in the fifth conference match-up of the season. The Hawks got out to another slow start during the first half but relied on their defense to keep them in the game as they were down at half by a score of 13-12. 

Wed
29
Jan

Hawks have record-breaking win against Aquinas

 

Wed
22
Jan

Seneca over Weston, Boland gets 500th win


Seneca boys basketball coach David Boland holds a ball commemorating his 500th career victory following Tuesday night’s win over Weston.

 

Seneca overwhelmed visiting Weston 64-12 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

Seneca upped their record to 8-5 on the season and 5-2 in the Ridge and Valley Conference. Weston fell to 0-7.

Seneca Coach David Boland gained his 500th career victory.

Wed
22
Jan

Prairie grapplers dominate Dodgeville


Freshman Kurt Wall scores near fall points in this 132# match. Wall would win be technical fall 16-0 in 3:39.

Junior Chase Fisher applies pressure from top to keep his opponent’s hips down. Fisher would win by decision 6-4.

 

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Prairie du Chien grapplers welcomed SWC foe Dodgeville to town for some wrestling action. Prior to the meet, Parents Night took place, with all wrestlers and cheerleaders being introduced and recognized before a large group of wrestling supporters. In addition, Bradyn Saint and Colten Wall received plaques for their 100th wins and Tyler Hannah for his 150th win. It was also Alumni Night. Dozens of PdC wrestling alumni were recognized. Tom and Cathie Nelson were recognized as “Fans of the Year.” Tom and Cathie can be seen at most all PdC wrestling events. If they aren’t cheering the Hawks on together, it’s because Tom calls a number of the duals for WPRE radio. The Prairie du Chien Color Guard led the National Anthem and the grappling began. 

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