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Cards shoot to second
Brodhead-Judas Brady Colden wrestles Mount Horebs Wyatt Thompson in a second-round 170-pound match during the Raider Scramble at New Glarus High School Saturday. Colden pinned Thompson in 1:15 and later went on to take first in his weight class. ( Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
NEW GLARUS - The Brodhead-Juda wrestling team had two champions and Monroe crowned one champion at the Belleville Scramble Saturday in New Glarus.

Evansville-Albany proved to be the class of the tournament, winning the team title 236.5-163.5 over Brodhead-Juda. Monroe took fourth place (112.5) and Sugar River was sixth (95).

The individual champion for the Cheesemakers was junior Traiten Gorr at 220 pounds. The two champions for the Cardinals were senior Brady Colden (170) and senior Logan Maurer at heavyweight.

Evansville-Albany had four wrestlers win titles, including Brandon Robinson (120), Chase Katzenmeyer (126), Jordan Meyer (145) and Nick Lehman (160). The Blue Devils had four other wrestlers take second place.

"Going in, I knew we wouldn't be able to hang with them (Evansville-Albany) considering we had 11 wrestlers and they had 14," Brodhead-Juda coach Tim Colden said. "It (second place) was where I was hoping to end up."

Gorr remained unbeaten (12-0) by winning four matches after a bye Saturday. Gorr, ranked 10th in the Division 2 Wisconsin Wrestling Online poll, defeated Brodhead-Juda's Stephen Voights 5-1 and edged Evansville-Albany's Dustin Bjugstad 3-1. Bjugstad is ranked No. 4 in Division 2 at 220 pounds. Gorr defeated Deerfield's Deviyeh Pope 5-1 and then defeated Bjugstad in a nail-biter 3-2.

"It's huge," Monroe coach Tom Witt said of Gorr's two wins against the state-ranked Bjugstad. "The competition he faced was tough. The potential (of another state run) is there as long as he keeps practicing, keeps working hard and fine-tunes the skill set he has."

Sugar River senior Kody Popenfus (145) finished first place, going 5-0 with four pins to improve to 10-0 this season. Senior teammate Jacob Larson (195), ranked 10th, finished second place with three pins. The highlight for Larson was a 3-2 overtime win over Evansville-Albany's Lucius Rinehart.

Monroe sophomore Cole Murray (126) went 4-1 in the tournament and posted three pins to take second place. The only loss for Murray came 10-6 to eventual champion Katzenmeyer. Walter (heavyweight) went 3-2 in the tournament and finished third place.

Despite having just 10 wrestlers, Witt was excited the Cheesemakers finished fourth.

"I thought we wrestled well all day long," he said. "Every kid we have got at least two wins. That is a good day in my book. I was pleased by their performance. Hopefully, we can build on that."

Maurer (11-0), ranked No. 2 at heavyweight, went 5-0 and posted four pins. He pinned Cuba City-Southwestern's Nick Leahy in 18 seconds and Monroe sophomore Kyle Walter in 1:14. Maurer pinned Deerfield's Erik Knipfer in 2:20 and pinned Evansville-Albany's Ryan Meehan in 2:51.

Walter for the Cheesemakers pinned Leahy in 1:30. After a bye, he was pinned by Maurer. Walter then was pinned by Meehan in 3:49, but he bounced back. In a third place match, Walter knocked off Knipfer 3-0.

"I told him before the match that Maurer likes the bear hug," Witt said. "He got a head lock on him, but Maurer was able to get out of it. Maurer is ranked No. 2 in the state for a reason."

Brady Colden remained unbeaten (11-0), pinning Austin Anderson in 1:35 and pinning Mount Horeb's Wyatt Thompson in 1:15. After a bye, Colden, ranked No. 4, pinned Monroe's Isaac Wild in 58 seconds and defeated Evansville-Albany's Jake Carpenter 16-0 in a technical fall.

"They both wrestled well and did what they needed to do," Tim Colden said of Maurer and Brady Colden.

Brodhead-Juda senior Gavin Baade (10-1), who took fifth place at state last year, went 4-1 to finish second place. Teammate Justin Sangermano also took second place (132). Baade pinned Jake Lyle in 1:44 and pinned Dodgeville's Andrew Evenson in 1:44. He defeated Monroe's Hayden Arneson 7-0 and pinned Deerfield's Matt Jensen in 3:53. In the championship match, Mount Horeb's Matt Blome defeated Baade 8-4.

Colden said wrestling competitive matches that push wrestlers is always good early in the season.

"No one is in as good of wrestling shape as they will be," Colden said.

Sangermano (9-2) edged Cuba City-Southwestern's Alex Busch 4-3 and defeated Dodgeville's Isaac Grunow in a technical fall 15-0. He then pinned Evansville-Albany's Nolan Kicmol in 5:30 and pinned Sugar River's Tyler Varney in 40 seconds. Deerfield's Cal Hansen pinned him in the title match in 27 seconds.

The other top finishers for the Cardinals included Derrick Hartman (160), third place; and Tyler Hoesly (145), third place.

The Cheesemakers got a trio of fourth-place finishes from freshman Drake Ingold (138), freshman Dempzy Foley (145) and sophomore Arneson (182).

"Drake exceeded his seed," Witt said.

Arneson lost a heartbreaking third place match to Jensen 4-2 in overtime. Jensen came through with an escape in the third period to tie the match at 2 to send it to overtime. In overtime, Jensen scored on a takedown to seal the win. Arneson was able to go three periods against the Cardinals' Baade, who finished fifth place at state last year.

"Hayden was just out of gas and he took a bad shot," Witt said. "I give Hayden a lot of credit for battling against Baade."