Port wrestlers rebound with strong performance at Highlander Invitational after tough loss to Germantown
After seeing his team lose a North Shore Conference meet against Germantown last week, Port Washington wrestling coach Angelo LaRosa was eager for a rebound performance.
The Pirates turned in exactly that Friday, securing third-place honors in the annual Highlander Invitational at Homestead.
“We wrestled really well. It was good to get back out there and bounce back,” said LaRosa, whose squad scored 355.5 points in the 19-team tournament.
Oak Creek took top honors with 461.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Menomonee Falls’ 398.5. Kimberly was fourth with 335.5 points.
Among other local teams, Grafton was eighth with 245.5 points.
Port showed its depth by posting five top-four individual finishes, including Manny Rosado’s championship at 132 pounds.
The senior continued his January resurgence by winning his second title in the Pirates’ last two tournaments. He scored five straight pins at the Highlander, capped by a title-match win over Burlington’s Jared Bird in 5 minutes, 7 seconds.
Rosado improved his season record to 25-8 and hasn’t lost since the Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna on Jan. 9.
“Manny has pinned everyone he’s wrestled since then,” LaRosa said. “He’s been awesome.”
Port got second-place finishes from Oliver Rosado (106 pounds) and Cullen Bauer-Trottier (195), a third by Sal Gauthier (145) and fourth by Lukas Burke at 160.
Oliver Rosado, Manny’s brother, scored three pins and won by forfeit in the first four rounds before losing to Menomonee Falls’ Tyler Gill, 12-6, in the final. Rosado improved to 15-13.
Bauer-Trottier (22-5) came even closer to winning a title. He pinned his first four opponents before being edged, 4-3, in the title match by Oak Creek’s Ross Agg (32-2).
Gauthier (15-12) won his first three matches before losing, 12-7, to Racine Horlick’s undefeated Subhan Umar (39-0) in the semifinals. In the third-place match, Gauthier pinned Mike White of New Berlin West/Eisenhower in 4:27.