Unfilled weights leave Grafton wrestling team on short end at duals tourney
Forfeits got the best of the Grafton wrestling team at the Hartford Duals last Saturday.
Unable to fill as many as five weight classes, the Black Hawks lost all five of their dual meets in the annual tournament.
Even so, Grafton had several solid individual performances. Leading the way with 5-0 match records were seniors Alex Marshall (220 pounds) and Jason Gustafson (145).
Gary Ross (138), Arturo Duran (106) and Ian Olivas (195) each went 4-1 for Grafton, which also got a 3-2 effort from Liam Pfleger (132).
In their closest call, the Hawks lost to Germantown, 40-39, in what both teams counted as a North Shore Conference meet.
Grafton won seven of the nine matches wrestled but couldn’t overcome 30 forfeited points.
Scoring pins for the Hawks were Brendan Fugate (120), Ross, Gustafson, Jacob Eichhorn (160), Olivas and Marshall. Winning by decision was Tommy Makela (152).
Marshall had the fastest win with a 48-second fall.
Hawks coach Mike Dodge called the meet “a great performance to finish off a solid day of wrestling.”
“It was nice to see our team correct some of the mistakes we made at the Kimberly Invite ((Dec. 7) and the Homestead dual meet (Dec. 12),” he said.
Homestead 48, Grafton 27
The host Hawks won six of 10 matches wrestled but forfeited 24 points in a conference loss.
Grafton got pins from Fugate (120), Pfleger (132) and Marshall (220) and wins by decision from Duran (106), Gustafson (152) and Olivas (195).
Fugate needed only 38 seconds to score his fall.
In the meet’s closest matches, Gustafson defeated Tyler Denmark, 8-7, and Olivas edged Gage Zupke, 6-5.
“Every match wrestled in this dual was a battle,” Dodge said. “We wrestled a little sloppy, and it cost us a few matches.”
This week, Grafton will travel to Whitefish Bay for 6:30 p.m. conference dual meet Thursday.
Port Washington 70, Nicolet 12
The Pirates had eight pins in an easy North Shore Conference road win Dec. 11.
Scoring falls were Noah Rosado (120), Zach Smith (126), Manny Rosado (132), Bryce Moeller (138), Quentin Lueck (160), Jordan Clark (170), Alex Masters (182) and Andy Fidler (285).
This week, Port was scheduled to host Cedarburg in an NSC meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and will participate in the Marty Loy Classic at Fond du Lac High School on Saturday.
Image Information: GRAFTON’S GARY ROSS (top) batted Homestead’s Drew Waller during the 138-pound match in a North Shore Conference dual meet Dec. 12. Waller scored a second-period pin. Photo by Sam Arendt