This season marked LARP wrestling’s third in the Bi-State Classic at La Crosse Center. In 2015, LARP had no individuals place. They took 16th of 19 (Division II pool). Last year, they had four top 12 placers and finished 7th (of 20). This year, LARP took 8th (of 22). The Screaming Eagles had three placers. Two finished top five. Freshman Carter Jonsgaard (113) used three pins and a narrow 7-6 decision to make the semis. There he lost 12-4 (MD) to Tomah’s Dawson Lambert (#8 at 120 in D-1), the eventual champ. Jonsgaard won a 10-7 decision to make the third place match, but fell 3-0 to Marshfield’s Gabe Pugh (#12 at 120 in D-1). Carter (14-6) took fourth (of 45). At 106, sophomore Ross Herber used a bye and two falls to make the quarters. A pin-fall loss to eventual champion Manny Drexler of Stratford (#3 at 113 in D-III) sent Herber to the consolation bracket. There, he won three of four (7-0 win, pin win, 10-5 loss, and 3-1 win). Herber (15-4) claimed fifth place (of 45). Junior Noah Herber (182) wrestled a team-high nine matches at the two-day event. He won (pin) then lost (9-4). In the consolation bracket, Noah H. won four straight (pin, 7-6, 3-1, 8-2) before falling (pinned), only to win two more (17-10, 6-1). Going 5-1 in straight decisions, he (16-6) claimed 9th place. Sam Schwendinger (126), Riley Koop (132), Reece Riebel (138) each went 2-2, but didn’t place. The event featured 61 teams and 680 wrestlers.
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