Port wrestlers continue to develop

Grisar and Griswold’s second places are the Pirates’ top finishes at their first invitational in new gym

FRESHMAN JACOB PEACY won a 15-10 decision over Tyler Winn of Menomonee Falls in a quarterfinal match at 195 pounds in the Port Washington Invite last Friday, the first wrestling tournament in the new gym. Peacy took fourth place, and the Pirates took eighth of 11 teams. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington High School wrestlers picked up more experience last weekend between a varsity invite on Friday and a junior-varsity tournament on Saturday.

On Friday, the Pirates scored 79 points and took eighth of 11 teams in the Port Washington Invite. Oshkosh West won with 173.5 points, followed by Kimberly’s 145.

Tristan Griswold (10-7) at 182 pounds nearly pulled off a title, losing 8-6 in a sudden victory to Henry Hansen (18-8) of Menomonee Falls in the finals.

It was a first-score-wins scenario, and Griswold got taken down quickly in the extra session.

“That’s something we talk about every day in practice,” coach Anthony LaRosa said.

“If you don’t get after it, you lose. He definitely wasn’t happy with it.”

On the way to the final, Griswold pinned John Reiske (6-7) of Muskego in 1 minute, 14 seconds, and Will Deitrich (12-11) of Nicolet in 23 seconds.

Brett Grisar (12-5) at 138 pounds took Port’s other second place, losing a 12-6 decision to Parker Bevilacqua (13-5) of Muskego in the finals.

“He pushed that guy in the finals,” LaRosa said, adding he is happy with his cross country star’s work on the mat.

“He’s got such a good gas tank. He never stops moving. It’s hard for guys to wrestle someone like that,” he said.

Port got three fourth-places: Alex Salas (13-6) at 152 pounds, Jacob Peacy (11-6) at 195 and Shem Castillo (12-9) at 285.

LaRosa said Salas ran into a buzzsaw in the semifinals named Dawson Dembroski (20-3) of Ashwaubenon, who won, 10-0. In the third-place match, he said Salas made some mistakes against Ben Terlion (14-7) of Muskego in a 20-10 loss that was closer than the score showed.

“We need to clean up some things and he’s going to have a really good second half,” LaRosa said.

Castillo had his opponent on his back in the semifinals but didn’t get the pin, and was later pinned himself. He was then pinned in the third-place match.

“With heavyweights, if you get guys on their backs, you’ve got to finish them,” LaRosa said.

Peacy, a freshman, was pinned in the third-place match in 2:17 by Ben Kawczynski (17-3) of Oak Creek but is getting better every day and will be a “beast down the road,” LaRosa said.

Cody Pierron at 170 pounds took sixth.

LaRosa said he held out three guys to get better experience in Saturday’s junior-varsity tournament.

LaRosa thanked the high school, middle school and Piranhas parents for their work on Friday and Saturday in the new gym.

“We got a ton of positive feedback. It takes a village to put on these tournaments, and our Port wrestling family really showed up this weekend,” he said.

Port on Jan. 3 beat Cedarburg, 60-12. Nine matches were forfeited or double forfeited.

Port wrestles at West Bend East on Jan. 10.

Grafton on Jan. 3 lost at West Bend East, 72-8. Ellis Pfleger won a 5-0 decision and Alec Davis won a 17-0 technical fall for the Black Hawks’ only wins.

The Hawks host Slinger on Jan. 10.

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