A pair of undefeated individual efforts set the pace for the Grafton wrestling team in its biggest home meet of the season last Saturday.
Senior Mike Van Langen and junior Josh Weissinger each went 5-0 to help the host squad place fourth in the annual Grafton Duals.
Van Langen scored three pins, had an overtime win and received a forfeit on his way to top honors in the 112-pound weight class.
Weissinger (125) had one pin, won once by technical fall and once by decision and received a forfeit.
Grafton posted a 2-3 team record. The Black Hawks defeated Racine St. Catherineâ€™s (45-27) and Lake Mills (35-28) and lost to West Bend East (47-21), Elkhorn (58-17) and Valders (47-25).
Elkhorn won the title with a 5-0 mark. West Bend East (4-1) and Valders (3-2) took second and third, respectively.
â€śThe Grafton Duals was a great day for our team,â€ť said Hawks coach Mike Dodge, who was unable to attend the tournament due to a family matter.
â€śWe won our 11th dual of the season. We havenâ€™t won 11 duals in a season in five years or so.â€ť
Each of Van Langenâ€™s pins came in 23 or fewer seconds. His toughest match was a 6-4 overtime win over Danny Miramontes of St. Catherineâ€™s.
In his closest match, Weissinger edged Eastâ€™s Quinn Steinmetz, 10-8.
Graftonâ€™s next-best individual effort came from senior Cody Bobholz, who went 4-1 at 140 pounds.
All four of Bobholzâ€™s wins came on decisions, including a 6-5 squeaker over Eastâ€™s Matt Driebel. He also scored major decisions over Lake Millsâ€™ Mitch Lange, 17-4, and Valdersâ€™ Austin Scheffler, 18-7.
Other Grafton wrestlers with winning records in the tournaments were Jacob Brunnquell (119) and Matt Sieracki (160), who both finished 3-2.
The Hawksâ€™ Justin Rapp (171) was 2-2. Finishing 2-3 were Gary Ross (130), Billy Depies (135) and Nick Bartz (285).
Pirates take 4th in Pulaski test
Bolstered by a pair of champions, the Port Washington wrestling team pinned down fourth-place honors at the Pulaski Invitational last Saturday.
Seniors Alex Dieringer (152) and Justin Meins (130) both took top honors for the Pirates, who also got a second place from Jake Maechtle (135).
The Pirates scored 139.5 points in the 14-team tournament, which was won by Luxemburg-Casco with 193.5. Coleman took second with 176.5 points, and Kaukauna was third with 157.
Dieringer had no trouble improving his season record to 31-0 by scoring three first-period pins. After receiving a first-round bye, he spent less than two total minutes on the mat.
In the final, Dieringer pinned Colemanâ€™s Mike Mergener in 54 seconds.
â€śThe guys Alex wrestled are not bad, but heâ€™s just at another level,â€ť Port coach Angelo LaRosa said. â€śHeâ€™s intense and focused and just going after it.â€ť
Meins was also 3-0 after a first-round bye. After defeating Pulaskiâ€™s Zach Hendzel, 15-7, in the quarterfinals, he pinned Oconto Fallsâ€™ Mitch Friedman in 3:39 and defeated Jared Kust of Shawano, 10-3.
â€śJustin had an awesome tournament,â€ť LaRosa said. â€śHe beat some really good kids.â€ť
Friedman has a 28-4 season record, and Kust is 30-4.
Maechtle, a senior, won his first three matches before losing, 12-8, to Seymourâ€™s Alex Schramm in the first-place final. Besides scoring two pins, Maechtle edged Colemanâ€™s Mason Mergener, 11-10, in the quarterfinals.
The Piratesâ€™ other top efforts included a third by Noah Rosado (103), fourth by Calvin Harbaugh (112), fifth by Eli Rosado (125) and sixth by Josh Meins (160).
Port 71, Grafton 6
The visiting Pirates won all but one match on the way to an easy victory in the final North Shore Conference dual meet of the season for both teams Jan. 27.
Port got pins from Eli Rosado (125), Adam Dreikosen (130), Maechtle (140), Nate Schnell (145), Dieringer (152), Tyler Brown (171), Tyler Griswold (215) and Andy Fidler (285).
In the meetâ€™s closest match, Josh Meins (160) edged Sieracki, 2-1, in double overtime.
The Pirates also got Tyler Maddenâ€™s 10-6 win over Depies (135) and three forfeits.
Graftonâ€™s lone victory came from Brunnquell (119), who pinned Robby Anheier in 4:54.
Port finished 7-0 in NSC duals, and Grafton was 4-3.
On Saturday, both teams will participate in the conference tournament at Germantown. The Pirates will be going after their 10th consecutive NSC team title.
Matches start at 10 a.m.