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Black Hawk-Darlington grapples to title
Pecatonica-Argyles Prestan Rosenstiel wrestles Belmont-Plattevilles Grey Genzoli in a 170-pound match. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
SOUTH WAYNE - This year's Black Hawk-Darlington wrestling team has achieved something the 1993 state qualifying Black Hawk team didn't accomplish.

Black Hawk-Darlington crowned four champions en route to winning the championship of the 28th annual Black Hawk Invitational Saturday 218-202 over Mount Horeb-Barneveld.

The four champions included senior Beau Holland (132), senior Colin Novak (138), junior Taylor Evenstad (220) and senior Zach Wolf (heavyweight).

"It's our home tournament," Black Hawk-Darlington co-coach Jim Seffrood said. "We want to put a good showing on. I was a little surprised. I knew we would be top three. I didn't think we would come out as champions. We had six wrestlers in the finals and Mount Horeb had seven. We had to win our head-to-head matches and that is what we did."

Novak was named the most valuable wrestler for 106 to 145 pounds and Wolf was named the most valuable wrestler along with Dodgeville's Brady Wetter for 152 to heavyweight.

"We took home three trophies," Seffrood said citing the team championship and Novak and Wolf's most valuable wrestler achievements. "It's well deserved."

Holland (132) won two matches to clinch the title. He opened the tournament by pinning Milwaukee-Madison's Lamontrez Haywood in 14 seconds. In the championship match, Holland pinned River Ridge-Cassville's Marty Fischer in 1 minute, 12 seconds.

Novak, who was a sectional qualifier last year and a state qualifier in 2012, pinned Dodgeville's Noah Durst in 1:24. He then pinned Orfordville Parkview's Aaron Hatlevig in 3:34. In the title match, Novak pinned Mount Horeb-Barneveld's Chase Zimpel in 3:25.

"That is one of the best wins that he (Novak) will probably have this year," Seffrood said.

Evenstad also finished 3-0 with three pins. He pinned Dodgeville's Shelby Jones in 2:57. He then pinned Madison Memorial's Quinn Reynolds in 48 seconds and sealed the championship by pinning Rio/Fall River/Cambria-Friesland/Pardeeville's Kaden Graham in 3:08.

Wolf, who was a state qualifier last year, after a bye, pinned Pecatonica-Argyle's Andrew Schild in 50 seconds. In the title match, Wolf pinned Dodgeville's Payton Calvert in 1:58. Wolf wrestled Calvert earlier in the week in the season opener and the match went into the third period.

"I told him to get after it and not to mess around and let it go three periods," Seffrood said.

Pecatonica-Argyle's Casey Phillips finished first place at 120 pounds as the Vikings finished last out of 11 teams. Schild finished fourth place at heavyweight and Owen Aerts (182) took fifth place.

Black Hawk-Darlington had four other wrestlers place in the top five including Slade Norton, second place (170); Conrad Blosch, second place (182); Caleb Novak, third place (145); Tyler Komprood, fourth place (195) and Casey Lobdell, fifth place (152).

"It's early in the wrestling season," Seffrood said. "We have a couple of kids still making weight. There are so many kids not in shape. I will be the first one to say we are in shape and dominated the third period. It's the first week of December, but I hate to lose a match because we are not in shape."

Black Hawk-Darlington will host perennial SWAL and Division 3 power Mineral Point at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Darlington. Seffrood is expected to stay with the same lineup as Saturday.

"It's going to be tough," he said. "I hate Tuesday duals because you are only allowed to lose a half a pound per day."