Pfleger takes third league crown

Grafton’s all-time leader in wrestling wins keeps adding to his total; Peacy wins NSC title for Port
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Division 2 Grafton and Port Washington high schools couldn’t keep up with the larger Division 1 wrestling teams in the North Shore Conference, and nobody could keep up with Black Hawk Ellis Pfleger last Friday in Hartford.

Pfleger (38-3), Grafton’s career leader in victories, won the North Shore Conference title at 160 pounds. He pinned Jacob Totten of West Bend West in 1 minute, 47 seconds, won a 22-6 technical fall over Kale Sinclair of Slinger and in the finals pinned Cody Pierron of Port in 1:54.

It was Pfleger’s third straight title. He lost to a Germantown opponent in the finals as a freshman, beat a Slinger foe as a sophomore and a Hartford opponent as a junior.

It’s the first time coach Mike Dodge had a three-time league title winner.

“He had a great tournament. He’s continuing what he’s done all year — cool, calm wrestling and going after them,” Dodge said.

Slinger won the title with 216 points, edging West Bend East’s 209.5. Hartford had 178 and Nicolet had 144.5 Port was fifth with 141 points and Grafton had 80.5 points for sixth of 10 teams.

The next best showing for the Hawks’ seven wrestlers was third, courtesy of Andrew Ovsepyan at 195 pounds and Cameron Jacobs at 152.

Ovsepyan (14-6) opened with a 16-1 technical fall win over Demetrius Bissen of Nicolet, lost a major decision to Port’s Jacob Peacy, who won the title, pinned Hartford’s Cody Kamholz in 3:11 and beat Bissen in a rematch in an 8-0 major decision.

“He has been going quietly about his business. He works hard in the weight room and works hard in practice,” Dodge said.

Jacobs (30-12) won with a 22-5 technical fall over Nolan Makoutz of Port, lost a 3-0 decision to Connor Dyke of Whitefish Bay, won by injury default in 4:45 over Collin Johrendt of Hartford and in the third-place match pinned Weston Grande of Slinger in 3:33.

“He had some nice showings the past couple of weeks,” Dodge said.

Nathan Eichhorn (18-15) at 220 pounds took fourth place. Dodge said he has been building momentum lately.

Peacy leads banged-up Port Washington

Port was without a few wrestlers who were nursing injuries but Jacob Peacy jumped to the head of the class with an NSC title.

Peacy (25-10) pinned Aziel Carson of Homestead in 2:28, beat Ovsepyan in a major decision and won a 10-8 decision in the finals over Hunter Jeranek (27-10) of Slinger.

“It was a crazy, back-and-forth match. We knew if he just wrestled smart and really hard he could beat that guy,” coach Angelo LaRosa sad.

“He got pinned by him fast in a dual meet in Slinger. He and the coaching staff were not happy with that result, so he flipped it.”

LaRosa said it was nice that Pierron (16-3) as a senior made the finals at 160 but said Pfleger is a “buzz saw.” To get to the title match, Pierron pinned Jose Medina-Garzon of Niclet in 1:10 and won a 4-2 decision over Damian Zapata of West Bend East.

Lucas Schumacher (26-15) at 182 pounds took second. He won by a 16-0 technical fall over Aden Orth of West Bend East, pinned Tyler Rakowski of Hartford in 3:22 and in the finals lost a  16-3 major decision to Jacob Steidinger of Cedarburg.

LaRosa said Schumacher lost to Rakowski in a Homestead tournament earlier in the year and “flipping that result was nice.”

Brodie Brecke (19-12) at 113 pounds and Shem Castillo (17-16) at 220 each took third.

Brecke was pinned in his first match but pinned his next two opponents.

Castillo was pinned in his first match and bounced back with a pin and an injury default win.

“We still lost some winnable matches but not too many. We’re starting to tighten those areas up,” LaRosa said of his team.

“Most of the kids wrestled pretty well and their effort was really good.”

He credited Nate Streiff for stepping in for two-time state qualifier Blake Peiffer, who was injured, at 138 pounds. Streiff was winning, 12-2, in the seventh-place match before being pinned.

“I was just really happy with how mature he was. Didn’t complain or get down on himself,” LaRosa said.

LaRosa expects to get some guys back from injury as Port hosts a regional, which includes Grafton, at 10 a.m. Saturday. The top team and top two individuals advance to the sectional.

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