Modest team finish at Falls tourney doesnâ€™t detract from strong individual efforts, including Van Langen title
The final standings showed the Grafton wrestling team in sixth place at last Saturdayâ€™s Martlett Scramble in Menomonee Falls, but that modest finish didnâ€™t tell the whole story.
â€śOur finish was deceiving,â€ť Grafton coach Mike Dodge said. â€śWe had only 14 kids there, but eight of them reached the finals.
â€śWe did a lot better than the score indicated.â€ť
The Black Hawks scored 312 points in the eight-team meet, which had a Gold Division for varsity wrestlers and a Silver Division for the junior varsity.
Slinger won the team title with 569 points, nine more than runner-up Oak Creek.
Graftonâ€™s best Gold Division finish came from Michael Van Langen, who took first place in the 112-pound weight class.
After receiving a bye, the junior won twice by fall. He pinned Oak Creekâ€™s Seth LaBodda in 5 minutes, 38 seconds, in the semifinals and then defeated Westosha Centralâ€™s Joey Groleau in 6:14 in a final that went into overtime.
â€śMichael came back and pulled out two big wins,â€ť Dodge said. â€śHe had two tough opponents and managed to find a way to beat both of them.â€ť
Leading the Hawksâ€™ six other Gold Division wrestlers were second-place finishes by Brandon Schweitzer (189) and Matt Sieracki (160).
Schweitzer, a senior, received a first-round bye before pinning Slingerâ€™s Jake Zenner in 4:24. He then battled Oak Creekâ€™s Kyle Wev before losing, 3-2.
â€śSchweitzer did a great job,â€ť Dodge said. â€śHe hadnâ€™t wrestled at 189 for two years, and it was an adjustment for him.
â€śThe Oak Creek guy is a three-time state qualifier, and Brandon went out there gave him all he could handle.â€ť
Sieracki, a junior, lost his first-place match, 2-1, in overtime to Valdersâ€™ Caynen Klessig. Earlier, Sieracki received a bye and defeated Westosha Centralâ€™s Kurt Swanson, 3-2.
Among Graftonâ€™s other Gold Division wrestlers, Nick Glocke (152) placed fourth and Brad Connell (135) and Nick Goetz (145) both finished sixth.
In the Silver Division, the Hawks received first-place finishes from Jacob Brunnquell (112-118), Justin Rapp (148-152), Alex Studelska (150-154) and Adam Kahmann (174-178).
Josh Weissinger (102-112) placed second, and Billy Depies (119-122) and Max Murray (121-126) both took third.
Grafton 37, Cedarburg 34
The Hawks hung on to pull out a road win in a tight North Shore Conference dual meet that opened their season Dec. 10.
â€śIt was a nice win for us,â€ť Dodge said. â€śWe wanted to start the year out strong.â€ť
Scoring pins for Grafton were Glocke (152), Schweitzer (215) and Connell (135).
Graftonâ€™s other wins came on a major decision by Cody Bobholz (140), regular decision by Van Langen (112) and forfeits to Sieracki (171) and Kahmann (189).
The Hawks will continue their conference schedule with 6:30 p.m. home meets Thursday against Nicolet and Dec. 22 against Homestead.
Port Washington 51, Nicolet 21
The Pirates scored three pins and a technical fall and received four forfeits in a North Shore Conference win on the road Dec. 8.
Jake Maechtle (140), Alex Dieringer (145) and Nate Hilton (215) all had pins for Port, which grabbed an early lead and steadily pulled away.
â€śWe won by a lot, but we werenâ€™t that sharp in a lot of our matches,â€ť Port coach Angelo LaRosa said.
â€śWe lost some matches that we probably should have won. It should teach us that we canâ€™t take any conference teams lightly.â€ť
Hilton had the quickest win, pinning Marcus Wanzo in 1:03.
Dieringer defeated Bobby Herrick in just 1:30, and Maechtle needed only 2:23 to pin Matt Dineen.
Adam Dreikosen (125) scored a 19-4 technical fall over Nicoletâ€™s Austin Bay.
The Piratesâ€™ other wins included a major decision by Ryan Wischer at 160 and forfeits to Dylan Coomer (135), Trevor Schumacher (152), Mark Strong (189) and Jermaine Will (103).
This week, Port was scheduled to host Whitefish Bay in a 6:30 p.m. conference meet Wednesday and will wrestle at the Marty Loy Invitational in Fond du Lac at 9 a.m. Saturday.