LA CROSSE, WI — Way back when, a certain sportswriter cut his teeth covering several events at UW-La Crosse’s Mitchell Hall, a certain Division I wrestling coach was wrapping up his high school career at Bolles at the same time.
Friday night, again at Mitchell, in the first Battle of the Bluffs matchup — an event that involved competition across three NCAA divisions — #18 Wisconsin, under the leadership of Chris Bono (Bolles ’92), spotted visiting Arkansas-Little Rock an early 9-0 lead before winning seven of the final eight weight classes in taking a 32-13 win and improving to 2-0 in duals for the season.
The Badgers got on the board with Joseph Zargo’s 10-4 win at 141, but it would be two weights later, at 157, before Garrett Model’s 16-4 major gave Wisconsin a lead it would not relinquish.
The teams traded points, essentially, at 165 and 174, but back-to-back-to-back big bonus points from 184 through 285 sealed the deal in favor of the Badgers.
Wisconsin won’t take much time to rest, though, as the Badgers swing back into action on Saturday, traveling to Des Moines, IA, for the Grand View Invitational one-day tournament.
Ferrum 32, Greensboro 15: At Ferrum VA, the hosts ran out to a 24-0 lead in taking the dual.
Greensboro (0-1) got back into the dual behind two pins and a decision, cutting the lead to 24-15 with two matches left. One of those three wins came at 125 from Daniel Porter (Clay ’18), who won by third-period fall (5:34) over Ferrum’s JD McMillin.
The Pride will travel to Sunday’s Cougar Open in Danville VA, hosted by Averett University.