Pfleger is lone title winner for Grafton

Port wrestlers need to toughen up, coach says
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Grafton High School senior Ellis Pfleger won his second straight North Shore Conference wrestling title at home on Saturday in mostly dominant fashion.

Pfleger at 152 pounds, Pfleger (36-5) beat Guy Tamim (11-14) of Homestead by a 15-0 technical fall in 2 minutes, 43 seconds, then beat Robert Lagerman (17-19) by an 18-1 tech fall in 2:26 and in the finals beat Jared Stark (20-10) of Hartford in a 4-0 decision.

“Ellis did a great job,” coach Mike Dodge said.

“He wrestled a great tournament. His finals match was close but he pretty much had control the whole time.”

Pfleger took second in the NSC as a freshman and sophomore.

Senior Alec Davis (29-6) at 195 pounds took second for the fourth straight season.

He pinned Andrew Dionne (0-3) of West Bend West in 2:33 and then Hunter Jeranek of Slinger (24-14) in 3:51 before being pinned by Jacob Zupke (30-3) of Homestead in 2:22.

“He wrestled a great tournament, too,” Dodge said.

“We made one mistake there and that kind of cost us the match.”

The helped the Black Hawks score 74.5 points and finish ninth of 10 teams.

Defending champ Slinger won with 253, ahead of West Bend East’s 208.5. Port Washington was fifth with Austin Greefkes (18-10) at 106 pounds and Nick Swenson (18-18) at 138 each took fifth.
Evan Jobe (23-16) at 113 and Jacob Betla (15-16) at 132 each took sixth.

“We’ve got a young team. Our conference is tough. I was pleased with how we fought throughout the day. We’re making adjustments and working for regionals,” Dodge said.

The Hawks wrestle in the Division 2 regional at Catholic Memorial on Saturday. The top two wrestlers advance to sectionals.

Three Port Washington wrestlers took third in the tournament, including Blake Peiffer, who is still getting back into the swing of things after being injured for most of the season.

Peiffer (4-1) at 126 pounds won his third-place match in an 8-6 decision over Daniel Driessen (28-13) of Hartford.

In the semifinal, he was dominating Jake Melzer (28-9) of Slinger before being thrown and pinned.

“It was his first tournament of the year so he’s pretty rusty when it comes to live competition and speed,” coach Angleo LaRosa said. “He’s not happy.”

Jacob Peacy (17-11) at 195 took third by pinning Julian Conners (13-9) of Nicolet. Lucas Schumacher (14-12) won a 12-1 major decision over Nat Rafko (8-10) of Slinger for third.

“Peacy and Schumacher had good days,” LaRosa said.

Brett Grisar (18-12) at 138 and Jake Wiesmueller (17-15) each took fourth.

Gavin Borth (14-9) at 113 and Shem Castillo (23-14) at 285 each took fifth. Evan Armendariz (5-5) took sixth at 220.

LaRosa said he wants to see his team get tougher.

“We have to show some grit, just want it more than the other guy,” he said.

The Pirates compete in the Division 2 Sheboygan Falls regional on Saturday.

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