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Brodhead-Juda surges to Blue Jay championship
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CAMBRIDGE - For the first time in 10 years, the Brodhead-Juda wrestling team won the Cambridge Blue Jay Invitational dual tournament Saturday.

Brodhead-Juda went 5-0 and clinched the championship by defeating Waunakee 36-27 in the title match. The Cardinals (6-0, 1-0 Rock Valley South) had five wrestlers go unbeaten including Caleb Erb (120) with two pins, Tyler Hoesly (145), Brady Colden (170) with three pins, Gavin Baade (182) and Logan Maurer at heavyweight.

"It was nice to win it for once," Brodhead-Juda coach Tim Colden said. "It's the first time in 10 years that we have won it. We forfeited three weights. We got a lot of pins from our upperweights and that made us competitive. It's not the strongest tournament around. I'm happy with the way we wrestled."

Hoesly scored on a first-period takedown and had an escape to build a 3-0 lead against his counterpart from Waunakee. He fended off a comeback and held on for a 3-2 win.

"That was the clinching match for us," Colden said.

Maurer, who finished 48-2 last year and took third place at the WIAA Division 2 state meet, won four matches by forfeit and wrestled just once. In his lone match, he pinned his Waunakee counterpart.

Colden said he's not worried about teams forfeiting at heavyweight to avoid Maurer who was the No. 1 ranked wrestler at heavyweight most of last year.

"It's just that teams don't have heavyweights any more," Colden said.

The Cardinals also had three wrestlers finish 4-1 including Blake Burns (113), Justin Sangermano (132) and Stephen Voights (220).