A pair of undefeated champions helped carry the Grafton High School wrestling team to a third-place finish in the Silver Division at its own Black Hawk Duals last Saturday.
Brandon Schweitzer (189 pounds) and Jacob Brunnquell (119) each posted 5-0 records to pace the Hawks in the 10-team tournament.
After losing to Elkhorn, 38-21, to open the tournament, Grafton moved into the Silver Division along with other teams that were defeated in the first round. The
Hawks split their next four meets, defeating Racine St. Catherineâ€™s (42-40) and Lake Mills (40-18) and losing to West Bend East (42-34) and Kiel (43-39).
Grafton held its own throughout the day despite forfeiting six weight classes.
â€śWe wrestled extremely well,â€ť Grafton coach Mike Dodge said. â€śWe donâ€™t have a lot of wrestlers, but the ones we do have are very good.â€ť
Earning silver medals with 4-1 tournament records for the Hawks were Mike Van Langen (112 pounds), Nick Goetz (145), Alex Studelska (152) and Matt Sieracki (160).
Cody Bobholz (140) received a bronze medal for his 3-2 mark.
The Silver Division was won by West Bend East with a 4-1 record, followed by Kiel (3-2), Grafton, St. Catherineâ€™s (1-4) and Lake Mills (0-5).
The tournamentâ€™s Gold Division was won by Valders with a 5-0 mark. Elkhorn took second at 4-1, followed by Waukesha North (3-2), Lomira (2-3) and Racine Case (1-4).
Dieringer, Meins shine for Pirates
The Port Washington wrestling team got championship performances from juniors Alex Dieringer and Justin Meins on the way to a seventh-place finish at the Pulaski Invitational last Saturday.
Dieringer won all three of his matches in the 140-pound weight class after receiving a first-round bye. After scoring two pins, he defeated Luxemburg-Cascoâ€™s Mitch Berceau, 10-1, in the first-place final and improved his season record to 31-1.
Wrestling at 125 pounds, Meins had a 4-0 record that included a 9-2 victory over Colemanâ€™s Mitch Champagne in the title match. In the semifinals, Meins (26-5) edged Shawanoâ€™s Jared Kust, 3-2.
â€śI was really happy with the way we wrestled,â€ť Port coach Angelo LaRosa said. â€śThis is one of the toughest tournaments in the state, and we did well.â€ť
The Pirates scored 110 points in aÂ 14-team field, which was topped by Coleman with 211. Kaukauna finished second with 192 points, the Oconto Falls was third with 182.5.
Portâ€™s other top finishers were Ryan Wischer (160) and Trevor Schumacher (145), who took fifth and sixth, respectively.
Wischer, a senior, had a 3-2 record. He split his first two matches before finishing with a 4-2 win over New Londonâ€™s C.J. Anderson in the fifth-place final.
Schumacher, a junior, posted a 2-3 mark. He won his first two matches before struggling against tough opponents the rest of the way. In the fifth-place final, he was pinned by Colemanâ€™s Mike Mergener in 4 minutes, 58 seconds.
The Piratesâ€™ next-best performances came from Jermaine Will (103), Josh Meins (152), Nate Hilton (189) and Mark Strong (215), who all went 3-1 after first-round losses.
Port Washington 66, Grafton 12
The host Pirates had little trouble winning a North Shore Conference meet Jan. 28.
In addition to receiving five forfeits from the Hawks, Port got six pins â€” from Eli Rosado (119), Adam Dreikosen (125), Jake Maechtle (140), Dieringer (145), Schumacher (152) and Strong (189).
Graftonâ€™s points came on a pin from Van Langen (112) and decisions by Sieracki (171) and Schweitzer (215).
In the meetâ€™s closest match, Sieracki defeated Brett Winker, 5-3.
This Saturday, Port and Grafton will travel to Cedarburg for the conference tournament, which starts at 10 a.m.
The Pirates will be going for their ninth straight NSC team title.
CODY BOBHOLZ of Grafton tried to take down Port Washingtonâ€™s Jake Maechtle during the 140-pound match in a dual meet last week. Maechtle scored a pin, and his team won, 66-12. Photo by Sam Arendt