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Wrestlers: Slinger is now the class of the new North Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:10

One day after definitively being beaten in a North Shore Conference power shift, four of Port Washington’s nine wrestlers placed in the top five in a challenging scramble.
The Pirates scored 93 points to take 11th place of 16 teams at the Pulaski Invite on Saturday. Kaukauna won with 216.5.ELLIS PFLEGER s2012718038 4C
Blake Peiffer at 103 pounds and Tristan Griswold at 182 led the way by each taking second place.
Both came a point away from sending their title matches into overtime.
Peiffer (33-2) lost a 7-6 decision to Lucas Joniaux (32-5) of Luxemburg-Casco. Peiffer was ahead, 4-1, before Joniaux got the deciding take down with 20 seconds to go.
“He was dominating early. He was wrestling a lot of tough guys the last month,” coach Angelo LaRosa said.
Joniaux took fourth at state last year and is one of the top-ranked wrestlers in Division 2, LaRosa said.
“That kid’s tough. (Peiffer) just needs to keep scoring,” he said.
Griswold (32-4) lost a 6-5 decision to Bryson Alsteen (32-3) of Kaukauna for the title. Griswold scored at the end to make the final the tightest of margins.
“The Kaukauna kid’s a really tough wrestler. We had some chances to score. It was close,” LaRosa said.

“It was a close match, very hard fought, very physical.”
LaRosa said Griswold hopes to wrestle Alsteen again this season with more at stake.
In the semifinals, LaRosa said Griswold wrestled his best match of the year in pinning Brody Brozewski (22-13) of Freedom in six minutes.
“He dominated a tough, strong Freedom kid,” he said.
Griswold, who had been wrestling at 195 pounds, is now at a more fitting weight category.
“He looks really good right now. Since he dropped to 182, he’s kind of a beast,” LaRosa said.
Lukas Burke (26-9) took fourth place at 170 pounds in a bracket full of ranked opponents. His loss came in a 5-4 decision to Lucas Gracyalny (18-6), who made the finals.
Oliver Rosado (27-10) at 126 pounds went 3-2. He pinned Koy Murphy (18-15) of Freedom in 3:00 in the fifth-place match.
Brett Grisar (19-12) at 138 pounds took seventh, and Josh Holtebeck (20-15) at 160 took eighth.
LaRosa said he loves testing his team at Pulaski each year.
“It’s my favorite tournament. Everyone’s tough. We want those matches now,” he said.
“Usually if you win at Pulaski, you’re state champ good. And if you place high, you’re a qualifier.”
The Pirates may have faced a few state qualifiers on Friday night in Slinger.
After winning 12 straight NSC titles from 2001 to 2013, the Pirates returned to the top of the conference last season after a three-year break.
Now with a few new teams in the mix, the power has shifted to Slinger.
The host Owls hammered the Pirates, 60-13, last Friday for the conference dual-meet championship in a packed and fired-up gym.
“Hats off to them. They have a nice team. We’re working to catch them,” LaRosa said.
“We just need to wrestle a heck of a lot better. We need to get better in all areas.”
Griswold pinned Hunter Jeranek in 4:34, and Burke beat former Pirate Jacob Klinger in an 11-3 major decision.
Peiffer won a 6-1 decision over Carter Ziebell, who LaRosa said was wrestling not to get pinned the entire match.
Rosado lost a tough match, 14-12, to Aaon Soneson in which LaRosa questioned some of the calls, along with a few others on the night.
“Not that it would have mattered — we got our butt kicked, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. I just thought it was one of the (most) poorly officiated meets that I’ve seen in some time,” he said.
Owl Caleb Ziebell at 138 pounds pinned Grisar in 1:05 for his 169th career victory, tying a school record. At 132, Owl Cameron Tonsor-Heesen pinned Angel Torres in 3:37 for his 100th career win.
A few Black Hawks shine in home tourney
Grafton took fourth place of six teams in its home dual tournament on Saturday. Ashwaubenon won.
The Black Hawks beat Racine Case, 36-30; and Homestead, 42-30. They lost to Ashwaubenon, 45-24; Wausau East, 36-31; and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove, 46-22.
Nick Rapp at 160 pounds went 5-0 on the day, including three pins.
Ellis Pfleger at 132 pounds went 4-0 and won one forfeit. He pinned three opponents and won another match by technical fall.
Alec Davis at 195 went 3-0, not including two forfeits. He pinned two opponents and won a third match by tech fall.
Jonathan Duran at 152 pounds went 4-1, including three pins.
Port and Grafton wrestle in the conference tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, at Grafton.

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