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Wednesday, December 28 - JV Tournament

Thursday & Friday, December 29 & 30 - Two-Day Varsity Tournament

River Falls High School - Map

818 Cemetery Road, River Falls, WI USA 54022​



Team Mascot Colors Conference Enroll Coach
Arcadia Raiders Red & Black Coulee 329 McKeeth, Carl
Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks Scarlet & Silver Middle Border 463 Newton, Jeff
Barron Golden Bears Maroon & Gold Heart O'North 380 Stephens, Daryl
Bayfield/Washburn Trollers Red & White Indianhead 306 Miller, Steve
Blair Taylor Wildcats Royal Blue & Silver Dairyland 172 Laughery, Ned
Bloomer/Colfax Blackhawks Black & Orange Dunn-St. Croix 607 Poirier, Jim
Boyceville Bulldogs Purple & White Dunn-St. Croix 252 Olson, Jamie
Bruce Red Raiders Red & White Lakeland 161 Lang, Ryan
Cadott Hornets Black & Gold Cloverbelt 256 Spaeth, Josh
Cameron Comets Royal Blue, Silver & White Lakeland 296 Gerber, Dave
Chequamegon Screaming Eagles Forest Green & Vegas Gold Marawood 263 Schienebeck, Christopher
Chetek-Weyerhauser, Prairie Farm Bulldogs Purple, Black, White & Orange Heart O'North 387 Olson, Bob
Clear Lake Warriors Royal Blue & White Lakeland 166 Anderson, Darren
Cumberland Beavers Red & White Heart O'North 277 Lundquist, Issac
Durand Panthers Purple & Gold Dunn-St. Croix 306 Sorenson, Tucker
Flambeau Falcons Red, White Lakeland 191 Smith, Chad
Glenwood City Hilltoppers Blue, Red & White Dunn-St. Croix 220 Strong, Shane
Hayward Hurricanes Black & Gold Heart O'North 573 Gerber, Curt
Johnson Creek Bluejays Royal Blue & Gold Trailways 152 Dressel, Matt
Lakeland Thunderbirds Black & White Great Northern 691 Bremer, Adam
Luck, Frederic, Grantsburg Cardinals Red, White & Black Lakeland 542 Bartlett, Chris
Melrose-Mindoro, Gale Ettrick Trempeleau Red Hawks Red, White & Blue Coulee 640 Brodsky, Ernie
Mondovi Buffaloes Royal Blue & White Dunn-St. Croix 261 Pongratz, Randy
Neillsville, Greenwood, Loyal Warriors Red & White Cloverbelt 625 Bryant, Scott
Northwestern Tigers Black & Gold Heart O'North 453 Coleman, Bob
Osceola Chieftains Kelly Green& White Middle Border 534 Demulling, Nate
Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Altoona, Fall Creek Thunder Orange & Black Cloverbelt 1063 Kuehn, Donnie
Phillips Loggers Black & Orange Marawood 258 Brown, Tim
Prescott Cardinals Red & White Middle Border 384 Johnson, Paul
Rhinelander Hodags Kelly Green& White Great Northern 834 Ellenbecher, Paul
River Falls Wildcats Gold, Navy Blue & White Big Rivers 953 Black, Kevin
Shell Lake Lakers Blue & Gold Lakeland 175 Christ, Will
Somerset Spartans Red, White & Black Middle Border 495 Peterson, Ali
Spencer/Columbus Catholic Rockets Red & White Cloverbelt 369 Zschernitz, Jake
Spooner Rails Cardinal, White, & Black Hear O'North 361 Melton, Caleb
Spring Valley-Elmwood Cardinal Cardinal & White Dunn-St. Croix 306 Turner, Carter
St. Croix Central Panthers Royal Blue & White Middle Border 393 Holzer, Brad
St. Croix Falls Saints Royal Blue & White Lakeland 393 Clark, Dan
Three Lakes/Phelps Bluejays Royal Blue & White Northern Lakes 191 Lechleitner, Jed
Turtle Lake-Clayton Lakers Maroon & Gold Lakeland 253 Pringle, Ben
Unity Eagles Blue Lakeland 258 Perkins, Shawn


A Premier Wrestling Tournament

River Falls has been the host of this premier high school wrestling event since 1997. Since 2010 we have averaged over 435 wrestling participants, in addition to managers, coaches and other teammates.

The River Falls Wrestling booster club sets up, runs and also cleans after the event. The parent hospitality group led by Luigi's Owners - Chuck and Sarah Kamrowski - provides a nice spread for all volunteer workers in a clean hospitality room. 

For those families and fans that have yet to experience a very large wrestling tournament, this premier event will definitely provide extremely good experience and exposure right here in River Falls.​

2014 Northern Badger Classic Champions


Front row: ​​106 lb Andrew Webb (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 13-2, Jr; 113 lb Austin Wolfe (Boyceville) 19-1, Sr; 120 lb James Palmer (Boyceville) 15-4, So; 126 lb Kal Gerber (Cameron) 19-0, Sr; 132 lb Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 20-0, So; 138 lb Wilder Wichman (Johnson Creek) 18-0, Jr; 145 lb Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 20-1, Sr.

Back row: 152 lb Jonny Chamberlain (Chetek-Weyerhauser/Prairie Farm) 13-0, Sr; 160 lb Tristan Brewer (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg) 21-0, Sr; 170 lb Jake Rueth (Neillsville-Greenwood-Loyal) 18-0, Sr; 182 lb Kyle Heinsohn (Cameron) 19-0, Sr; 195 lb Mike Roesler (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 10-5, Sr; 220 lb Ben Stone (Cumberland) 20-0, Sr; 285 lb Cole Laliberty (Chetek-Weyerhauser/Prairie Farm) 5-0, Sr.​

2013 Northern Badger Classic Champions


Front Row: 106 lb Austin Wolfe (Boyceville) 20-0, Jr; 113 lb James Palmer (Boyceville) 20-0, Fr; 120 lb Cruze Hurlburt (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 17-0, Fr; 126 lb Kal Gerber (Cameron) 19-0, Jr; 132 lb Alex Stuhl (Prescott) 12-1, Sr; 138 lb Micah Johnson (Boyceville) 19-1; 145 lb Tristan Brewer (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg) 20-1, Jr.

Back Row: 152 lb Jonny Chamberlain (Chetek/Prairie Farm) 17-0, Jr; 160 lb Tony Britton (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg) 19-2, Jr; 170 lb Jake Rueth (Neillsville-Greenwood-Loyal) 13-1, Jr; 182 lb Sebastian Larson (River Falls) 23-0, Sr; 195 lb Joe Radamacher (St. Croix Falls) 18-1, Sr; 220 lb Ben Stone (Cumberland) 17-0, Jr; Cole Laliberty (Chetek/Prairie Farm) 17-0, Jr.​



​​​​​Introduction & History

The December 2016, 32nd Annual Northern Badger Wrestling tournament will truly be awesome! This tournament continues to be the premier winter tournament in our region and has always been a gigantic success and a great boost for the athletes, coaches, fans and our wonderful community. I am personally grateful to our own club, parents and volunteers. These people truly produce this event to be the colossal tournament that it is.

In 1985, several area coaches felt a holiday tournament was needed. These coaches started this tournament in Menomonie at the Johnson Field house with a 24-team field of competition. It has now grown to 39 teams from all over the state of Wisconsin. We do make a specific effort not to include any Minnesota teams; with the event highlighting our own Wisconsin programs. Recently, in the past few years, we made exceptions by including some other (not-so-near) states. In 2005, we had a team from Arizona and in 2006; we had a team from Chugiak, Alaska. The Chugiak’s won their state championship in 2005 and was looking for some tough competition. In their own words, they certainly found it here in River Falls. Chugiak finished runner-up. They were very grateful for the opportunity and impressed with our community and willingness to include them. Recently I had some conversations with a coach in Alabama about future participation. They are seriously considering it; however, timing and funds will ultimately tell what their future is.

After a quick scan of the coaches this year, 19 of them had been participants in this actual tournament. The tournament has only had three four-time champions and two of them are from River Falls, Kevin Black and Collin Cudd and Spring Valley’s Tyler Turner. All three of those wrestlers went on to be UW-Badgers and competed for their entire college career as varsity wrestlers. Throughout the years, I have had numerous college coaches and recruiters that have contacted me about athletes that compete in the Northern Badger tournament. Many athletes unknowingly gave themselves an opportunity to wrestle in college from those coaches that watched them at this tournament.

As I mention college wrestlers, did you know that River Falls Wrestling alumni - Brady Cudd, Joe Cudd, Kevin Black, Tony Black, Collin Cudd and Trevor Brandvold have all been wrestlers for the Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA Division 1) in the past? Those six wrestlers had 17 Northern Badger championship titles between them. This speaks extremely well of the tournament and this River Falls program.

I look forward to seeing all of you at this awesome event!

Yours in Wrestling, Dave Black


​2016​​ Northern Badger Spectator Information

All details subject to change; wrestling times are approximate.

Admission Fees: 

  • Adults - $10 (single day); $17 (both days).

  • Students - $7 (single day); $12 (both days).

  • Finals only - $5.

Weight Classes: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, and 285

​Tournament Day 1

  • 8:45 AM Doors open for the public

  • 9:10 AM Opening Ceremony

  • 9:15 AM 1st round with "pig tails", 5 mats

  • 12:00 PM 2nd round Consolation with “pig tails”, 5 mats

  • 1:10 PM 3rd round – Championship side

  • 3:15 PM 4th round – 2nd round of consolation

  • 5:00 PM 5th round – 3rd round of consolation

  • 6:30 PM Quarter finals – At the end of the day, there will be 12 left in each weight class

Tournament Day 2

  • 9:15 AM Doors open for the public

  • 9:50 AM National Anthem

  • 10:00 AM Consolation Quarterfinals, 5 mats

  • 11:00 AM Medal Placing Matches

  • 12:30 PM Semi Finals, 2 mats

  • 2:30 PM Medal Round (3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th places), 5 mats

  • 4:30 PM Introduction of finalists

  • After Introductions - Finals.  We will pause; and award medals after the 126, 152, 195, and 285 lb. matches.

  • After the finals - photographs:

    • We will take a champion line-up photograph of the individual champions wearing their school warm ups while holding their chart and wearing their medals.

    • We will then ask the first-place winning team to gather on the corner bleacher with their trophy for a team champion photograph.  All teammates, coaches, and managers included.

Participant School Locations​


​Volunteer Documents

Table workers instructions for Northern Badger.pdf