BLACK RIVER FALLS – The Auburndale wrestling team had a pair of runner-up finishes and ended up sixth in the team standings at the 12-team Black River Falls Invitational on Saturday.
The tournament was the season-opener for the Apaches.
The Stratford Varsity Reserve squad had two third-place finishes and was 10th in the team standings.
Auburndale’s Noah Altmann was pinned by River Halopka of Abbotsford/Colby in the 106-pound championship, and Dylan Baird lost to Craig Elsen of Nekoosa/Port Edwards 9-6 in the 138-pound finals to finish with the Apaches’ top finishes.
Hunter Goddard took third at 126 pounds, Isaiah Hasenohrl was third at 132 pounds, and Austin Low finished fourth at 195 for Auburndale.
Stratford’s two third-place finishes came from Ty Pankratz at 170 pounds and Jediah Knetter at 182.
Auburndale opens its Marawood Conference schedule at home on Thursday against Athens.
Black River Falls Invitational
Dec. 1, at Black River Falls High School
Team scores: 1. Nekoosa/Port Edwards 169; 2. Abbotsford/Colby 142; 3. Portage 137; 4. Pittsville 100.5; 5. Ladysmith 96.5; 6. Auburndale 83; 7. Adams-Friendship 63; 8. Whitehall 58; 9. Eau Claire Regis/Altoona 57; 10. Stratford Varsity Reserve 50; 11. Black River Falls and Durand 43.
Championship, and Auburndale and Stratford Reserve results
Championship: River Halopka (AC) pinned Noah Altmann (AUB), 3:15.
Championship: Nathan Gellerup (PE) pinned Tyler Dicus (LAD), 1:40.
Championship: Blaze Thurber (NPE) pinned Derick Vollendorf (LAD), 1:28.
Championship: Trent Vollendorf (LAD) won by technical fall over Hunter Mess (AC), 16-0.
Third place: Hunter Goddard (AUB) pinned Zach Presley (AF), 1:52.
Championship: Jessie Tijernia (POR) def. Aiden Brosinski (DES), 9-2.
Third place: Isaiah Hasenohrl (AUB) pinned Brett Baker (DUR), 1:35.
Championship: Craig Elsen (NPE) def. Dylan Baird (AUB), 9-6.
Championship: Brant Hall (NPE) def. Beau Merritt (PIT), 7-3.
Championship: Payton Kostka (ERA) won by major dec. over Tristin Grant (CAS), 21-8.
Championship: Chance Clement (AC) pinned Hunter Wilke (PIT), 3:49.
Championship: Aden Elsen (NPE) def. Hunter Grimm (PIT), 6-2.
Third place: Ty Pankratz (ST) pinned Sam Bleich (POR) in 2:53.
Championship: Liam Herrick (WH) def. Harry Nawrot (AF), 12-6.
Third place: Jediah Knetter (ST) won by major dec. over Ben Elsen (NPE), 8-0.
Championship: Dakota Hoffman (BRU) pinned Sean Johnson (BRF), 5:37.
Third place: Nom Yang (ON) pinned Austin Low (AUB), 2:24.
Championship: Carter Grewe (AC) pinned Cody Gilbertson (DUR), 5:35.
Championship: Kordel Landphier (PIT) def. Isiah Miller (POR), 9-4.