Following a longer-than-usual holiday layoff the Three Lakes/Phelps wrestling team competed in Merrill this past weekend where eight different athletes took part in the Bluejays Invitational.

Both Piersson Czaplinski and Lucas Wanty made their way into championship brackets in their respective weight classes with the freshman Czaplinski finishing third overall while Wanty ended the day in fourth place, respectively.

Czaplinski (19-4) began the day with a bye before getting Barron’s Lorenzo Meza in the second round, defeating him by pin in the second round to move ahead and face Harry Nemcek of Lakeland for the second time in as many weeks.

After winning over Nemcek 11-4, Czaplinski ran into Josiah Berg (23-4) of Boyceville in the championship semifinals as Berg would take a 17-2 techincal decision to move along.

Czaplinski bumped back to the third-place match and ended his day with a second- round pin over Auton Wor­zalla of Wittenberg/Birnamwood (WB).

Wanty (9-6) took to the 138-pound bracket where he, too, received a first-round bye before defeating Quinn Hess of Sun Prarie with pin in just 40 seconds.

In the next round, Wanty would defeat Daniel Moucha of Chippewa Falls in a back-and-forth battle which ended as a 12-10 decision in Wanty’s favor.

In the semifinals, Logan Bishop (21-5) of Tomahawk won by fall over Wanty. Next in the third-place match, Wanty would also fall by pin, losing to Eric Ottosen of Wausau West to end the day in fourth place overall.

Also competing for the Bluejays at 113 pounds alongside his teammate Czaplinski was Zander Ginet.

Ginet would finish eighth overall and win a match over Gabe Mattson of Chippewa Falls to start his day. After receiving a second-round bye, he would fall to Austin Worzella of WB, Gage Robinson of Tomahawk and High Weisse of Rhinelander.

At 126 pounds Lucas Bean had an up-and-down day. He received a bye in the first round and then fell in the second to Jacob Woller of Merrill.

In the third, Jakob Hoyt of Crandon got the upper hand before Bean closed out the day with a win over Anthony Welch of Sun Prarie and Mason Ecklor of Barron to end the day in 13th place.

Ezekiel Logalbo finished 12th overall at 132 pounds, falling in all four of his matches.

At 145 pounds Jesse DuPuis had a good day as he would finish sixth place overall. He started by winning his first match by a major decision over Jonas Hicks of Adams-Friendship.

After receiving a second-round bye he fell to Jason Hilgart of Lakeland but followed it up with a win over Reed Napiwocki of Wausau West. Jakob Lipinski of Edgar would get the better of DuPuis in the fifth-place match, winning by pin in the second round.

In a packed bracket at 160 pounds, Trystan Sanderfoot would finish in 15th place overall, falling to Isaac Avery of Prarie du Chien and Wyatt Wenninger of Tomahawk in his first two matches, respectively.

Cassius Ramirez of Sun Prarie then caught Sanderfoot in his third match of the day before Kyle Kaltenberg of Sun Prairie won by a 7-2 decision. In his final match of the day, Sanderfoot would pin Colton Jakubek of Amherst to take the win.

Aaron Bird saw his first action since returning from a shoulder injury as he competed in the 285-pound class. His one win of the afternoon came in his fourth match of the day as he pinned Micki Wiza of Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli at 1:39 of the first round.

Up next for the Bluejays is a Northern Lakes Conference dual against Elcho, Jan. 5 at Three Lakes. They’ll then head to Ladysmith, Jan. 12 for an invitational before returning home to face Crandon, Jan. 15 at home.