Wrestling team opens eyes by pinning down 2nd place in annual duals tournament
The Grafton wrestling squad has not traditionally finished among the leaders in its annual duals tournament, but the Black Hawks opted for a change of habit last Saturday.
Winning five of six meets, host Grafton pinned down runner-up honors in the eight-team competition.
“We went 5-1, and we haven’t had a week like that in a long time,” Hawks coach Mike Dodge said.
“We went into the tournament with a nice win over Whitefish Bay (two days earlier), and it carried over.”
Grafton had little trouble winning its first four dual meets, rolling past Racine Case (62-0), Ashwaubenon (43-27), Waukesha North (60-9) and Catholic Memorial (47-27). In addition, the Hawks received a forfeit from the Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts/Juneau/Ronald Reagan co-op squad.
Grafton’s only setback was a 54-21 loss to a perennially strong Elkhorn team, which finished 6-0.
“We knew Elkhorn would be tough, and I thought Ashwaubenon would be the No. 2 seed,” Dodge said. “But as the meet went on, we kept winning matches and built on it.”
Catholic Memorial finished third, followed by Ashwaubenon, West Bend East, Waukesha North, Racine Case and Milwaukee Pulaski.
Not surprisingly, the Hawks had several standout individual performances.
Posting 5-0 match records were Arturo Duran (113 pounds), Logan Lamas (138) and Liam Pfleger (145). Going 4-1 were Brendan Fugate (126), Bobby Olmr (160) and Vince Giorgi (170).
Grafton also got a 3-0 effort from J.J. Chrobak (285) in a limited schedule.
Among the Hawks’ champions, Pfleger saw the most mat time, scoring three pins and one decision and receiving only one forfeit.
“It was a great day for us, a good confidence booster heading into the (North Shore) conference tournament this week,” Dodge said.
Grafton 55, Whitefish Bay 14
The host Hawks won 10 of 13 weight classes in an easy North Shore Conference meet Jan. 28.
Scoring pins for Grafton were Lamas (138), Pfleger (145) and Alec Davis (182).
Giorgi (170) posted a 10-0 major decision over Evan Mitchell. Olmr (160) defeated Andy Oates, 9-5.
The Hawks received five forfeits.