Port wrestlers dig down to beat North Shore foes on back-to-back nights
It wasn’t easy, but the Port Washington wrestling team made the most of a back-to-back North Shore Conference challenge at home last week.
One day after defeating Homestead in a dual meet, the Pirates downed Grafton, 46-18, on Jan. 16.
Port was aided by five forfeits from Grafton, which was only able to fill eight weight classes. However, the Pirates also got pins from Jordan Clark (160 pounds) and Brandon Moeller (138) and a major decision from Quentin Lueck (152).
Clark defeated Jacob Eichhorn in 54 seconds, and Moeller needed 3:20 to pin Gary Ross. Lueck scored a 12-2 major decision over Tommy Makela.
Besides receiving one forfeit, Grafton won four of the seven matches that were wrestled.
At 195 pounds, the Hawks’ Ian Olivas defeated Cullen Bauer-Trottier, 8-4, in double overtime.
At 113, Arturo Duran downed Port’s Preston Makoutz, 10-4.
Grafton’s Liam Pfleger edged Bryce Moeller, 9-8, at 132.
At 145, the Hawks’ Kevin Taylor defeated Brannon Bauer, 5-2.
Port coach Angelo LaRosa was pleased with his team’s effort and impressed with the Hawks’ determination.
“Grafton’s kids wrestled hard. They made us work,” he said.
Hawks coach Mike Dodge was proud of his squad’s performance.
“Port is a great team, and we wrestled them well,” he said. “I was extremely impressed with all of the guys who wrestled.
“Since our first meet, we knew that winning any dual meet with our lack of wrestlers was going to be tough. Our goal of winning the majority of matches wrestled per dual has kept us focused on getting better in practice.”
Port 41, Homestead 27
The Pirates won four of the last five matches to prevail Jan. 15.
Homestead held a 24-18 lead before Port got pins from Makoutz (113), Noah Rosado (120) and Zach Smith (126) and a technical-fall win by Brandon Moeller (138).
Rosado had the fastest victory with a 39-second fall.
The Pirates’ other wins included major decisions by Bauer (145), Lueck (152) and Alec Masters (170) and a forfeit at 285.
Port forfeited matches at 195 and 220.
“It was a tough having two meets back to back, but that’s the way the schedule worked out,” LaRosa said.
“This is kind of the grind-it-out part of the season. I thought we did pretty well.”
This Friday, Port and Grafton will both participate in the Homestead Invitational at 4 p.m.
On Jan. 28, the Pirates will travel to Whitefish Bay for a 6:30 p.m. conference dual meet.
Image Information: A BATTLE OF WRESTLING wills and brawn ensued when Port Washington’s Cullen Bauer-Trottier (right) and Grafton’s Ian Olivas met in their teams’ dual meet. Olivas won the 195-pound match, 8-4, in double overtime. Photo by Sam Arendt