Grafton wrestlers post solid finishes in home duals; Rosado takes crown to lead Port at Pulaski Invitational
For a wrestling team with a middle-of-the-pack finish, the Grafton Black Hawks had no shortage of solid individual performances last Saturday.
Although the host Hawks finished third in the five-team Grafton Duals, they had five wrestlers post 3-1 tournament records.
The group included Gary Ross (138 pounds), Billy Depies (145), Sam Hoffman (160), Justin Rapp (170) and Alex Marshall (182).
Marshall, a sophomore, had the most impressive showing, winning three times on first-period pins. His lone loss came to Elkhorn’s Jake Stilling.
Rapp had two pins, including a five-second win against a Waukesha North opponent. Ross, Depies and Hoffman each had one pin.
The Hawks went 2-2 in the round-robin tournament, which was won by Elkhorn (4-0). West Bend East placed second at 3-1, and North (1-3) and Racine Case (0-4) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Grafton defeated Waukesha North, 54-27, and Racine Case, 54-21, and lost to Elkhorn, 63-6, and West Bend East, 39-34.
Rosado title sparks Pirates at invite
A championship performance by Noah Rosado led the Port Washington wrestling team to fifth place at the Pulaski Invitational last Saturday.
Rosado, a sophomore, took top honors in the 106-pound weight class at the 16-team tournament. After receiving a first-round bye, he defeated three straight opponents, including a 9-4 decision over Kaukauna’s Tres Leon in the title match, and improved his season record to 25-4.
“Noah wrestled the best I’ve ever seen him, especially in the final,” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said.
“He is really focused. If he can keep wrestling at that level, he could become a state champion.”
Port had only 11 wrestlers in the tournament, but five turned in top-four finishes, helping the Pirates score 115 points.
Luxemburg-Casco won the team title with 240 points, followed by Oconto Falls (198), Coleman (193), Wausau West (149) and Port in the top five.
The Pirates’ other place finishes were thirds by Eli Rosado (126 pounds), Adam Dreikosen (152) and Andy Fidler (285) and a fourth by Tyler Griswold (220). Each of the third-place wrestlers had 4-1 tournament records.
Eli Rosado scored a 3-1 win over Kaukauna’s Kolten Jansen in the third-place final. His only loss came on a 10-7 decision against Matt Tonsman of Luxemburg-Casco in the quarterfinals.
Dreikosen was edged in the semifinals, 5-4, by Coleman’s Jake Engels but bounced back to win his final two matches. He capped the day with a 5-3 victory over Freedom’s Austen Vosters.
After being pinned in the quarterfinals, Fidler won his final three matches. In the third-place final, he defeated Oconto Falls’ Matthew Albers, 7-1.
Griswold went 3-2, with both of his losses coming at the hands of Freedom’s Reed Ambrosious. After pinning Andrew Ritchie of New London in 3:52 of the consolation semifinals, Griswold lost to Ambrosious, 4-1.
“It was a really tough tournament. We had only 11 guys there, so taking fifth place was pretty good,” LaRosa said.
Port Washington 62, Grafton 12
The visiting Pirates had little trouble winning their sixth North Shore Conference dual meet in as many tries Jan. 26.
Port got pins from Nick Michalowski (106), Dreikosen (152), Josh Meins (160) and Griswold (220).
Winning by pin for Grafton were Rapp (170) and Marshall (182).
This week, Grafton faced Milwaukee Lutheran in a conference makeup meet Tuesday, and Port was scheduled to host Lutheran at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The meets will be the teams’ final tuneups for the NSC tournament Saturday at Grafton.
The Pirates will be heavily favored to win their 11th straight conference crown.
Image Info: Hoffman put the coaching to good use when he won three of four matches, including a 9-0 win over West Bend East’s Jake Parshall (above). Photos by Sam Arendt