The Superior High School wrestling team won its third straight dual meet, the girls basketball team won the Iron Range, and the gymnastics team finished in fifth place in the 11-team Rice Lake Invitational.


The Spartans defeated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 48-28 Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Esko.

The Spartans got pins from Alex Hughes (170 pounds) and Joshua Lambert (285), and decision victories form Wyatt Johnson (113) and Tucker Johnson (120).

Superior also got wins via forfeit by Connor Krueger (106), Caden Stone (160), Patrick Kerr (182), Seth Smetak (195), and Caleb Zimpel (220).

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“We’ve been working hard to get better every week,” SHS coach Bob Coleman said. “It’s been a very challenging season with injuries and wrestlers being sick, but the guys just keep making adjustments and make the best of what cards they have been dealt.

“We have talked about staying focused and having the mindset to not be distracted with all the things going on around us and we had some wrestlers really step it up today. I’m very proud of every one of our wrestlers.”

Up next for the Spartans are the Bloomer Blackhawks in the Heart O’ North Super Duals at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Ladysmith.

Superior 48, Cloquet-Esko 28

106 pounds: Connor Krueger, SHS, won by forfeit; 113: Wyatt Johnson, SHS, dec. Gage Allan 7-4; 120: Tucker Johnson, SHS, dec. Dylan Marciulionis 13-10; 126: Warren Hietala, CE, pinned Josh Johnson; 132: Deken Fjeld, CE, pinned Jason Thomas; 138: Griffin Fjeld, CE, pinned Eric Winterscheidt; 145: Jordan Allen, , CE, pinned Austin Mills; 152: Zeb Wehr, CE, maj. dec. Jakob Johnson, 10-2; 160: Caden Stone, SHS, won by forfeit; 170: Alex Hughes, SHS, pinned Carter Hovat; 182: Patrick Kerr, SHS, won by forfeit; 195: Seth Smetak, SHS, won by forfeit; 220: Caleb Zimpel, SHS, won by forfeit; 285: Joshua Lambert, SHS, pinned Raymond Grayhair.

Girls hoops

The Spartans improved to 7-7 on the season with their 55-43 non-conference win at Virginia on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

“Virginia was a good win for us, we’re getting a little better each week,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “They are a tough match-up for any team with their size, but I thought our ball pressure helped eliminate some of that advantage.”

The Spartans had three players score in double figures led by Niya Wilson’s 19 points. Kaileigh Miller added 17 points, and Savannah Leopold had 12.

Wilson’s and Leopold’s totals included three 3-pointers apiece.

Virginia (12-7) was led by Kaylee Iverson’s 16 points.

“We’ve been hit hard by the flu to the point of not practicing (Wednesday, Jan. 29), but the kids hung in there and played as hard as they could,” Kontny said. “Our scoring balance was nice having three players in double figures, and they were 12-6, so we feel good about the win.”

The Spartans play at Eau Claire Memorial at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, and host Duluth East at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The East and Superior boys follow at 7:15 p.m.



Superior — Niya Wilson 19, Savannah Leopold 12, Kaileigh Miller 17, Izabel Swanson 2, Emma Raye 5. Totals 20 8-13 55.

3-point goals — Wilson 3, Leopold 3, Raye.

Virginia — Anna Fink 3, Rian Aune 8, Halee Zorman 2, Lexiss Trygg 11, Kaylee Iverson 16, Kelsey Squires 3. Totals 16 8-14 43.

3-point goals — Aune 2, Squires.


SHS finished in fifth place in the Rice Lake Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 25.

River Falls won the event with 133.450 points. The Spartans finished with a team score of 115.20.

Reese Deyo was Superior’s top finisher with an all-around score of 31.550. Next were Mollie Rossing, 28.950; and Taylor Thursby, 28.575.

Up next for Superior is a meet at River Falls at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Superior's home meet originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, has been moved to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.

Rice Lake Invitational

1. River Falls, 133.450; 2. Eau Claire Memorial, 129.650; 3. Stevens Point, 127; 4. Antigo, 115.850; 5. Superior, 115.20; 6. Chippewa Falls, 113.975; 7. Rice Lake, 112.60; 8. Rhinelander, 104.70; 9. Grantsburg, 100.975; 10. Hudson, 94.05; 11. Washburn, 34.025.

Superior’s Results

All-Around — Reese Deyo, 31.550; Mollie Rossing, 28.950; Taylor Thursby, 28.575.

Vaults — Thursby, 8.40; Deyo, 8.15; Rossing, 8.10; Flores, 7.95; Payton Rusk, 7.70.

Bars — Deyo, 7.20; Rossing, 6.825; Thursby, 5.875; Payton Rusk, 5.50; Paige Rusk, 5.45.

Beam — Deyo, 8.075; Rossing, 7.425; Thursby, 7.40; Paige Rusk, 7.275; Payton Rusk, 5.10.

Floor — Deyo, 8.125; Thursby, 6.90; Rossing, 6.60; Paige Rusk, 5.40.