Pfeiffer, Makoutz take championships as nine Port wrestlers qualify for sectional level in Div. 1
It wasn’t the WIAA regional team title Port Washington was hoping for, but nine Pirate wrestlers advanced to Division 1 sectional competition last Saturday at Cedarburg.
Blake Pfeiffer (106 pounds) and Preston Makoutz (132) won regional championships for Port.
Also advancing for the Pirates were Lukas Burke (182) and Tristan Griswold (195) with second-place finishes and Oliver Rosado (120), Tanner Meinel (126), Sal Gauthier (145), Nate Russell (152) and Cody Lewis (285 with thirds.
“It was kind of up and down, some highs and lows,” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said.
“As a team, we didn’t finish where we wanted to. We wanted to win it.”
Germantown won the eight-team meet with 201.5 points. Second-place Cedarburg scored 193, and Port Washington was third with 188.
Pfeiffer (30-4) pinned Jake Roden (16-19) of Cedarburg in 56 seconds and scored a 6-4 decision over Jordan Craft (19-11) of Manitowoc Lincoln in the finals.
Makoutz (24-12) pinned Mason Peters (0-5) of West Bend West in 1:49, won a 13-1 major decision over Eric Abel (25-12) of Germantown and a 9-4 decision over Sam Boerner (31-7) of Cedarburg in the finals.
“They had a really good day,” LaRosa said of his champions. “They are in a good spot going forward.”
Burke (32-13) pinned Carson Bogner (2-2) of Germantown in 3:56, won a 5-4 decision over Cooper O’Keefe (22-16) of Cedarburg, was pinned by Anthony Schlass (31-4) of West Bend West in 2:55 in the finals and pinned Hayden Lodel (20-18) of Manitowoc Lincoln in 3:56 for second place.
Griswold (30-8) pinned Frankie Carrothers (11-8) of Sheboygan South in 3:38, lost an 8-7 decision to Joe Leonhardt (37-5) of West Bend West in the finals and scored a 13-1 major decision over Caleb Drake (13-15) of Cedarburg for second.
LaRosa said he moved both Burke and Griswold up a weight class in a gamble.