Redwood-River Valley Badger Head Coach Todd Bertram pictured with three wrestlers from Springfield; Nathaniel Rosado, Devin Johnson, and Conner Bertram. The wrestlers all placed a the Badger Tourney last Saturday in Springfield

Redwood-River Valley Wrestling

Springfield is member of new "Badger" wrestling team

Redwood-River Valley Wrestling

Over twenty-five years ago, when the number of wrestlers in Springfield dipped, Springfield entered into a new wrestling coop with Morgan and formed the River Valley Wildcats.  This coop changed over the years and eventually included just Springfield and Sleepy Eye and, for a brief period of time, Comfrey.  Over the past 10 years, the River Valley coop had included just Springfield and Sleepy Eye.  Cedar Mountain merged with Redwood Valley and Comfrey merged with St. James.  Last year there were no wrestlers from Sleepy Eye.  There were not enough Springfield wrestlers to field a full varsity team and Springfield approached Redwood Falls-Cedar Mountain with the possibility of forming a new wrestling coop.

Coaches, activities directors and administrators met over the summer to discuss how the new coop would operate.  The result is the Redwood-River Valley “Badgers.”  The team includes wrestlers from Springfield, Cedar Mountain and Redwood Falls.  The Badgers, with 44 team members, will compete in section 3AA.

Truman Triangular

The Redwood-River Valley wrestling team traveled to Truman on December 2 for the first duals of the season.  The Badgers dropped their first dual to Medford 45-30.  The Badgers wrestled much better in the second dual, defeating Madelia-Truman 60-20. 

Redwood Triangular

On Thursday, the Badgers hosted #1 ranked Minneota and Fulda-MCC in a triangular meet in Redwood Falls.  R-RV started out strong with a 53-24 victory over F-MCC.  The Badgers lost 72-6 to the Minneota Vikings in the second match.  

R-RV Tournament

On Saturday, December 6 the Redwood-River Valley Badgers hosted a seven team invitational tournament in Springfield.  Teams participating were Southland/Grand Meadow, Redwood-River Valley, Mankato West, New Ulm, Blooming Prairie, Ortonville and Minneapolis Southwest.  The Badgers finished in 2nd place.  Thirteen R-RV wrestlers placed in the top four and two wrestlers, Eric Bommersbach and Cody Anderson, finished in 1st place.

Individual Results can be found on page 9 of this week's Springfield Advance-Press


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