Burks powers Knights matmen

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WATERTOWN, Wis. - The Beloit Memorial wrestling team placed ninth of 16 teams Saturday at the Watertown scramble, highlighted by senior Linzell Burks winning his 195-pound weight class.

Burks defeated Reid McNeill of of Westosh Central via a 16-2 major decision to gain the victory.

Matthew Lindley (220) placed third by pinning Montana Ernst of New London in his final match. Robert Johnson (126) placed fourth and Ryan Caudle (220) placed fifth.

The Knights took advantage of three straight forfeits in the upper weights Friday night and knocked off Madison La Follette, 46-27, in a Big Eight Conference dual meet at Barkin Arena.

Tyler Sirecu (182), Matthew Lindley, Jr. (195) and Linzell Burks (220) all won by forfeit before 285-pounder Ryan Caudle pinned La Follette's Eli LaBelle.

Beloit's Fernando Badillo collected a major decision over Alejandro Martinez, 17-7, at 152. Dakota Kopplin of the Knights pinned Dillon Engel in 2:46.

The Knights also picked up forfeit wins from Carlos Lopez (138) and Marco Olivares (126)..

. BLACK HAWK INVITATIONAL: Brodhead-Juda and Parkview both took part in Saturday/s Black Hawk Invitational, with the Cardinals placing ninth and Parkview placing 11th.

Brodhead-Juda's Jackson Hauri, one of the area's top wrestlers last season, won the 145-pound weight class with a victory in the finals over Tylor Miller of Richland Center.

Russell Waeffler (120) placed second, while Kaleb Erb (160) took third for the Cardinals. Trent Davis (220) also added a second-place finish..

Parkview's top finisher was Gavon Brown, who took third in the 195-pound class. Conner Nolan (145, placed fourth.

• TIDE SWIMMING: The Beloit Memorial boys swimming team dominated in its meet Friday, defeating Madison East 123-47.

The Tide outscored the Purgolders 36-6 in the A and B relays, giving them a huge edge in the meet. The Tide took first place in nine of the 11 events.

The 200-medley relay team of Anthony Jacobson, Ben Levy, Adrian Sowicz and Will Klobucar was first with a time of 1:47.61. Ben Saladar won the 200 freestyle with a 1:57.91 and the 100-free (52.50), while Ryan Santas won the 200 IM with a 2:17.98.

Klobucar won the 50 free with a 24:11 and Jim Santas took the 100-back with a 1:01.74. Max Saladar won the 100-breaststroke with a 1:11.06, while the 200-free relay team of Ben Saladar, Klobucar, Ryan Santas and Nathan Sill won with a 1:36.39.

The 400-free relay team of Adrian Sowicz, Kyle Raisbeck, Anthony Jacobson and Tyler Davis completed the list of first-place finishers with a 3:37.36.

The Tide will be back in action at Middleton against the Cardinals and Janesville Craig Friday night before competing in the Parker relays in Janesville Saturday.

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