Your NUIC Winter Sports Update
By Al Zipsie
Your NUIC Winter Sports UpdateNUIC teams in the rankings. East Dubuque is fourth in boys 1A. In the 1A girls, Stockton is fifth with Eastland eighth.
The girls are into Regionals this week with many talented teams.
In the NUIC boys, some teams are hot as regionals are around the corner. River Ridge has clicked off eight straight wins. Lena-Winslow has won seven in a row. Milledgeville had won eight of the last nine games including beating strong Polo twice. Aquin is getting star players back from injuries and have won eight of their last nine outings. Orangeville started slow but has now won seven of their last eight games. Eastland is 10-13 but beat state-ranked East Dubuque February 1st.
Two Stateline teams are ranked second in the state. The Winnebago boys (20-1) in 2A and unbeaten Boylan (25-0) in 4A girls.
Stateline Sports Hub. NUIC Rankings.
- East Dubuque 23-3.
- Lena-Winslow 19-5
- Milledgeville 18-4
- Polo 19-6
- River Ridge 17-6
- Aquin 17-8
- Pearl City 15-7
- Eastland 10-13
- Orangeville 10-12
- West Carroll 12-14
- Stockton 26-2
- Eastland 24-5
- East Dubuque 21-4
- Aquin 23-5
- Galena 16-7
- Ashton/Franklin Center 18-8
- Durand 16-10
- Dakota 18-10
- Forreston 15-12
- Pearl City 14-13
The two top-ranked teams had a showdown at the Winnebago Regional Saturday.
Lena-Winslow/Stockton will be going for their second straight State dual championship.
The Panther/Hawks came out strong and never looked back outscoring Dakota 19 to 154.
LW/S advanced nine wrestlers and Dakota eight to this weekends Oregon Sectional.
LW/S had six champions in Jaden Rice 106, Tanner Kalkbrenner 126, Hunter Luke 138, Jeremiah Hermann 145, Rahveon Valentine 170 and Ian Kuehl at 285. They also qualified runner-up's Jason Hermann 152 and Elijah Rowe at 182 and Colin Dvorak third at 160.
Dakota had two first in Andrew Wenzel at 15w and Maverick McPeek. Also advancing were Connor Elmer third at 106, Lucas Sutherland runner-up at 113 and Caleb Alber second at 132. Third places in Cade Slayton at 145, Grant Gallagher at 182 and Erik Quinnett at 285.