Three Jacks crowned champs at HON Tourney

The Ladysmith Lumberjacks wrestled this past weekend in Chetek at the Heart O’ North Conference Tournament as they now enter the WIAA Tournament series this coming week in Phillips. The Jacks went on to crown three conference champs as Trent Vollendorf captured his fourth straight title for the Lumberjacks in his final tournament as a Heart O’ North wrestler.

Trent Vollendorf who came in with over 100 wins on his career, three conference titles and two state tournament appearances, took the mat for the Jacks at 120 pounds. After a first round bye, Vollendorf pinned Camron Benesh of Northwestern n 1:10 in the semifinal match to face off against Gabby Skidmore of Cumberland. In the final, it was all Vollendorf again as he pinned Skidmore in 4:22 to capture his fourth straight conference title for the Lumberjacks this weekend in Chetek.

The second title of the day came one match earlier in the finals as Derick Vollendorf took on state ranked Alex Poirier of Bloomer/Colfax. Vollendorf’s road to the final was dominant as he defeated Valkyra Pasko of Cumberland in the opening round with a pin in 3:35 and then a 15-2 major decision over Zachery Roach of Hayward in the semi-final to face Poirier.

In the final it was all Vollendorf as he went on to a dominating 7-0 victory to claim the 113 pound title for the Lumberjacks.

The third title for the Lumberjacks was in the final match of the day in the finals as heavyweight, Wade Stanger took the mat against Brett Jepson of Spooner, who had defeated Stanger a week earlier by pin at the conference dual meet challenge.

Stanger’s day was full of thrilling finishes after a first round pin over Trent Orlowski of Northwestern in 5:51. In the semi-final, Stanger faced off against state ranked Jacob Konvicka of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. Stanger, who lost to Konvicka earlier in the season in dual meet action in Ladysmith repaid the favor in sudden victory as he defeat Konvicka 2-1 to advance to the final to take on Jepson.

In the final, a determined Stanger took the mat and went the full six minutes as the match was tied 1-1 and it was Stanger again in sudden victory, overtime getting the victory 3-1 to capture the title for the Lumberjacks as a sophomore.

Also reaching the podium for the Jacks was senior, Tyler Dicus at 106 pounds after a loss in the opening round to Jimmy Melton of Spooner. Dicus went on to pin Hayward’s Drake Marks in 44 seconds and Wyatt Johnson of Superior by major decision by a score of 12-2 to reach the third place match. In the medal round it was Dicus facing off against Melton again for third place where this time Dicus repaid the favor by pinning Melton in 3:08 to capture third in his final conference tournament.

Fellow senior, Josh Jenness place fourth for the Lumberjacks at 195 pounds as he defeated Shane Schiff of Northwestern with a 55 second pin and Dakota Tucker of Barron in 15 second to reach the third place match. Jenness fell in the medal round to Jace Wiggins of Ashland to place fourth in his final appearance at the conference tournament.

Placing fifth for the Lumberjacks this past weekend were DJ Livingston at 132 pounds and Ryan Vollendorf at 145 pounds as both wrestlers finished the day 2-2.

Caiden Engel and Grant Rydlund finished in sixth place for the Lumberjacks as Engel wrestled at 138 pounds and Rydlund at 160 pounds. Kyle Nelson finished the day with a victory as well over Tristan Nolan of Northwestern with a fall in 54 seconds.

The Lumberjacks went on to finish in fourth place as a team behind Northwestern, runner-up, Cumberland and Spooner, who earned the team title this past weekend in Chetek.

The Jacks are now set to enter the WIAA Tournament series this weekend as they set out on a quest to reach the WIAA State Tournament in Madison as they compete in Phillips Saturday morning with action wet to begin at 11 a.m.

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