PORT WASHINGTON’S Eli Rosado (left) placed first in the 125-pound weight class at Saturday’s North Shore Conference meet. His championship was one of eight captured by the Pirates on the way to their 10th straight team title. Photo by Sam Arendt
Same old story still sounds sweet for Port wrestlers as they storm to 10th consecutive North Shore title
For Port Washington wrestling fans, there’s got to be something wonderfully monotonous about their favorite team’s adventures in the North Shore Conference.
The Pirates continued to make mincemeat of local foes by nailing down their 10th consecutive NSC team title last Saturday in Germantown.
Coach Angelo LaRosa’s squad sent wrestlers to finals in 11 of the 14 weight classes, had eight individual champions and piled up 284 points.
Runner-up Germantown made things interesting by getting seven wrestlers in the finals and scoring 252.5 points but couldn’t match Port’s depth.
Whitefish Bay was third in the eight-team tournament with 174.5 points, followed by Grafton (133.5), Homestead (117.5), Nicolet (101.5), Milwaukee Lutheran (75) and Cedarburg (33.5).
“We knew Germantown has a solid team and would have a lot of finalists, but it didn’t really concern us,” said LaRosa, who has coached the Pirates to their last five conference titles.
“We were confident we would have a lot of champions. We wanted to get everyone in the finals if we could.”
Most of Port’s success came as no surprise.
Senior Alex Dieringer won his fourth straight NSC title by taking top honors at 152 pounds. Sophomore Josh Meins (160) won his second crown.
The Pirates’ other first-place finishers were Noah Rosado (103), Calvin Harbaugh (112), Eli Rosado (125), Adam Dreikosen (130), Justin Meins (135) and Nate Schnell (145).
Rounding out Port’s dominant show were second-place efforts from Jake Maechtle (140), Mark Strong (189) and Tyler Griswold (215), fourths by Robby Anheier (119) and Andy Fidler (285) and a sixth by Tyler Brown (171).
Dieringer, the nation’s top-ranked 145-pound wrestler, moved up one weight class for the tournament. He improved his season record to 34-0 by pinning Germantown’s John Will in 1 minute, 19 seconds in the final.
Josh Meins (26-12) had to work harder but scored a technical fall in the semifinals and then pinned Germantown’s Danny Krause in 5:26.
“Josh wrestled the best I’ve ever seen him wrestle,” LaRosa said. “He was really impressive.”
Noah Rosado capped his day by pinning Whitefish Bay’s Max Carlin in 5:32.
In his final, Harbaugh scored a 58-second pin over Grafton’s Michael Van Langen.
Eli Rosado outlasted Homestead’s Spencer Bold, 11-6, to win his title.
In other finals, Dreikosen pinned Germantown’s Zach Baus in 1:30, Justin Meins scored a 21-6 technical fall over Germantown’s Brian Kuhlenbeck, and Schnell defeated Bay’s Rashadeem Gray, 9-5.
“It was a great meet for us,” LaRosa said. “We almost had 13 of 14 kids in the finals, but three guys (Anheier, Fidler and Brown) lost close matches.”
Grafton coach Mike Dodge was impressed with his team’s showing. Although the Black Hawks didn’t have any champions, they were led by two runners-up and a pair of third-place finishers.
Besides Van Langen, a senior, Grafton got a second from sophomore Justin Rapp (171) and thirds from Jacob Brunnquell (119) and Matt Sieracki (160).
“I was pleased with our fourth-place finish. It was up a spot from last year,” Dodge said. “We have a great group of guys that work hard and improve every day.”
Van Langen defeated Bay’s Joey Davey, 13-6, in the semifinals before losing to Port’s Harbaugh.
Rapp scored two pins, including a 3:51 fall over Port’s Brown in the semifinals, before being pinned by Homestead’s Mike Kress in 1:48.
Brunnquell, a junior, rebounded from a semifinal loss to win twice, including a 7-5 decision over Port’s Anheier in the third-place final.
Sieracki had one of the toughest brackets of the tournament, Dodge said. The senior lost to Port‘s Josh Meins in the semifinals but regrouped to win twice, including a 6-2 victory over Nicolet’s Wilhelm Fehlhaber in the third-place final.
Port and Grafton will now set their sights on WIAA Division 1 tournament honors, starting this Saturday.
The Pirates will host a regional meet at 10 a.m. Other teams in the field are Kaukauna, Kimberly, Manitowoc Lincoln, Sheboygan North, Sheboygan South, West Bend East and West Bend West.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to an individual sectional tournament Feb. 19 in Fond du Lac.
The winning squad advances to a team sectional at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Sheboygan South.
Grafton will wrestle in the Homestead Regional at 9:45 a.m.
The top four individuals at each weight qualify for the West Allis Central Sectional on Feb. 19.
The top squad moves on to a team sectional at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Arrowhead.