Four Port wrestlers book return trips to Div. 1 state tournament with strong sectional performances
Four Port Washington wrestlers weren’t about to let their seasons end at the Sheboygan South Sectional last Saturday.
Instead, they showed their mettle by posting three championships and a runner-up finish and earned their second career trips to this week’s WIAA state individual tournament in Madison.
Seniors Noah Rosado (113 pounds), Quentin Lueck (145) and Andy Fidler (285) won titles, and junior Zach Smith joined the qualifiers by placing second at 120.
“Four guys got through. That’s really good,” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said.
“They all have a chance to do very well at state.”
Each of the sectional champs continued late-season surges by dominating their weight classes.
Rosado, who improved to 37-4, scored a 16-0 technical fall over Kaukauna’s Ian Gioacchini in the title match. On the way to the final, Rosado pinned Fond du Lac’s Colin Athanasiou in 47 seconds and then pinned
Kimberly’s Jordan Weinzetl in 5:46.
“Noah is wrestling the best of his career right now,” said LaRosa, who noted that Rosado scored his third win over Gioacchini (37-11) in four meetings this season.
Lueck (28-8) decisioned Sheboygan South’s Jake Malwitz, 10-5, in the title match. Lueck opened with a 2:43 pin of Oshkosh West’s Josh Bartelt and defeated Plymouth Trevor Miske, 5-1, in the semifinals.
“Quentin is peaking at the right time,” LaRosa said. “The sectional was pretty tough, but he rose to the occasion. He’s been one of our leaders all season.”
Fidler (26-13) flexed his muscle with three first-period pins, including a 1:56 win over Slinger’s Aaron Maternowski in the final. Fidler defeated Oshkosh West’s Zach Collins in 1:56 in the quarterfinals and reached the title
match by pinning Manitowoc Lincoln’s Marcus Sonnenberg in 1:41.
“Andy wrestled great. He has 13 losses this season, but our schedule has been really tough,” LaRosa said.
Smith (33-6) scored two pins before losing to Kaukauna’s Tres Leon, 10-2, in the final. It was Leon’s fourth win over Smith one, have been closer than the final scores,” LaRosa said.
“Zach has had a very good season so far, and it’s great to see him get back to state after going as a freshman.”
After a 2:42 pin of Watertown’s Raul Sepulveda in the first round, Smith pinned Oshkosh North’s Jalen Hase in 1:30 to earn another shot at Leon.
Among Port’s four other sectional qualifiers, Jordan Clark (160 pounds) was the only place finisher. The senior took fourth with a 1-2 record.
Losing first-round matches were the Pirates’ Manny Rosado (126), Brandon Moeller (138) and Cullen Bauer-Trottier (182).
The Pirates’ state qualifiers will begin their quest to earn medals in Madison with first-round matches at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Kohl Center.
Noah Rosado faces Cudahy/St. Francis’ Brandon D’Alessio (33-4), Lueck meets Hudson’s Sawyer Massie (38-7), and Fidler takes on Hudson’s Mathias Tobin (39-6). Smith will face an undefeated foe in La Crosse Central’s
Ben Thornton (46-0).
The championship bracket will continue with second-round matches Thursday night, semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday and finals at 6 p.m. Saturday. Consolation matches start at 10 a.m. Friday and continue at 1:45 p.m. Friday
and Saturday morning and afternoon.
In their previous state appearances at the Division 2 meet in 2012, Smith took second at 113 pounds, Rosado was sixth at 106 pounds, and Fidler failed to place at 285. In Division 1 last year, Lueck was sixth at 152.