Youth wrestlers fare well at state

Grabowski beats nationally-recognized foes on way to third place

BRANDON GRABOWSKI TOOK third place in a state wrestling tournament last month. Photo courtesy of Cole Large

Several youth wrestlers brought home hardware from the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation State Kids wrestling tournament in Madison last month.

Wrestlers qualified by placing in the top two in their weight classes at one of eight qualifying tournaments.

The tournament had more than 1,500 wrestlers from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Two Port Washington Piranhas took second place: Diego Armendariz at 140 pounds and Tabitha Griswold at 172.

Two took third places: Garrett Kawczynski of Ringers at 115 pounds and Brandon Grabowski of Askren Wrestling Academy at 130 pounds.

Avion Williams of the Piranhas took fourth at 185 pounds.

Two Askren Wrestling Academy members took sixth: Kaiden Schuemacher at 120 pounds and Brady Krueger at 105 pounds.

Grabowski’s coach, former Ozaukee star wrestler Cole Large, said the eighth-grader had a tough weight class that included several nationally recognized opponents, including Colin O’Neil of Cashton, who has won multiple national-level tournaments.

Grabowski beat him twice, once by pin in the quarterfinal and by a 5-2 decision for third place.

Grabowski will be a freshman at Ozaukee High School next year.

“He puts a lot of work into the sport and it’s great to see it paying off. Brandon is a leader for our middle school team and has a very bright future ahead,” Large said.

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