The Oregon wrestling team dropped a back-and-forth Badger West dual to Baraboo 40-30 on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Baraboo High School.

The Panthers then placed 20th at the Highlander Invitational on Friday, Jan. 20, at Homestead High School.

Baraboo 40, Oregon 30

Neither team was able to win more than three matches in a row. The Thunderbirds collected 18 of the final 21 points.

Baraboo won four of the first five matches. Oregon’s Seth Niday tied the dual at 6-6 with a pin against Kason Bode in the 160-pound match. That was followed up with three Baraboo wins – a 5-0 decision at 170, a forfeit at 182 and a 11-3 major decision at 195.

Oregon’s Tyler Wald (195) wrestled Baraboo’s Luke Statz – who is ranked No. 4 at 195 in Division 1 by Wisconsin Grappler – in the 195-pound bout. Wald is on Wisconsin Grappler’s 195 watch list.

Paxton Krengel picked up a forfeit at 220 for the Panthers. At heavyweight, Oregon’s Hayden Lemke edged Baraboo’s John Rogers with a 3-1 decision to cut the Thunderbird lead to 19-15.

Baraboo took a 23-15 advantage after a 8-0 major decision at 106. Oregon’s Evan Fahey and Lincoln Kalscheur picked up forfeits for Oregon at 113 and 120, respectively, to give the Panthers their first lead of the night at 27-23.

Baraboo went on to win three of the final four matches – which included one Oregon forfeit and a pair of Thunderbird pins at 126 and 138. Oregon’s Trycen Blake capped the dual with a 9-2 decision win against Nolan Cavazos at 145.

Highlander Invitational

Wald (195) and Fahey (113) both finished fourth to lead Oregon. The Panthers collected 145 points to take 20th out of 30 teams. Germantown won the invitational with 356 points.

Fahey started his tournament with a pair of first-period pins, followed by a 9-1 major decision. Fahey’s first loss came in his fourth match of the tournament. He went on to lose the fourth-place match against New London’s Wyatt Magolski via fall.

Wald also started his tourney with two pins. He then earned an 18-3 technical fall against Ocononmowoc’s Adam Lois in his third-round match. Wald lost a 6-3 decision and 9-3 decision in his final two matches.

Oregon’s Braeden Blake (106) and Andy Pollock (120) placed eighth in their respective weight classes.

Challenge Series

Oregon’s Raven Ringhand (100) and Jada Oparie-Addoh (165) both finished third at the Girls Challenge Series on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Wausau West High School.

Ringhand picked up three pins, including one in the third-place match against Peshtigo’s Evelyn Hurley. Oparie-Addoh won two matches. She pinned Suring/Gillett’s Shyla Hisey 34 seconds into the third-place match.

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