Pfleger, Davis lead Grafton wrestlers

Black Hawks are young but they’ve been on the mat before; Port rolls in last week’s dual match
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Grafton High School has a young wrestling team this season, but coach Mike Dodge notes one key aspect.

“The young guys on varsity all have wrestling experience,” he said, adding they came up through the middle school program.

“They work hard in the room and they challenge each other. They’re there matside cheering people on. They’re asking questions. They’re all good things that you have to do,” he said.

The Black Hawks have 23 varsity wrestlers, about a mid-range between the usual 20 to 28, Dodge said.

“We’ve got some depth at certain weights and we’ve got guys we can bump up and get some points for us. It’s nice to be able to do that and get back those points you give away,” he said.

Among the leaders are junior Ellis Pfleger, a two-time state qualifier, and senior Alec Davis, who took sixth in state in division 2 at 195 pounds last year.

The pair led the team at Saturday’s Sun Prairie Bob Downing Scramble. Pfleger (10-1) won the 152-pound weight category and Davis (6-1) was second at 195.

In the final, Pfleger took a lead and hung on to edge Fennimore’s Trevor Wanek (4-3) by a 6-4 decision.  Wanek took fourth at 132 pounds at last year’s division 3 state meet.

In the semifinal, Pfleger beat Colton Nicolay (4-1) of Lodi, 5-4, in a match of state qualifiers. Last year, Nicolay won by one point in Madison.

“It was a great match, a tough-grind match between two quality wrestlers,” Dodge said.

The Hawks scored 230 points and took 16th of 23 teams. Fennimore won with 675.

Davis pinned Peter Rucker (6-1) of Wisconsin Rapids in 3 minutes, 36 seconds and then Brendan Shannon (7-5) of Sun Prairie in 3:02 before being pinned in the finals by Barron Masi (6-0) of Union Grove in 1:10.

“He had a pretty solid day,” Dodge said.

Getting some of his young wrestlers experience was a priority. Nine wrestlers saw action. The next best finishes were sevenths by Austin Greefkes (9-3) at 106 pounds and Evan Jobe (9-3) at 113.

“I was just impressed with the way our entire team handled itself all day,” Dodge said.

On Dec. 6, the Hawks beat West Bend West, 42-36. Four Hawks got pins: Davis over Ben Lukasz at 195 in 1:29; Jacob Betla over Henry Danaher at 132 in 15 seconds; Danial Fandler over Cullen Brickner at 138 in 1:30 and the clincher by Nick Swenson over Kaeden Hanson at 152 in 1:16.

The Hawks host Cedarburg at 7 p.m. Thursday and wrestle in a West Allis invite on Saturday.

Port knocks off Homestead, 48-25

Port Washington got four non-forfeited match wins to beat Homestead on Dec. 5.

Gavin Borth at 113 pinned Parker Nieves in 12 seconds. Alex Salas at 152 pinned Guy Tamim in 1:36. Ray Bensen pinned Alec Perelshtein at 220 in 3:22, and Shem Castillo  at 285 pinned Devin Klein in 3:52.

“It’s still a work in progress getting our lineup back,” coach Angelo LaRosa said.

Port was scheduled to host Whitefish Bay on Wednesday and compete in a Fond du Lac invite on Saturday.

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