Port drops tight matches

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Tenth place of 25 teams in a challenging wrestling tournament isn’t bad, but the Port Washington High School team was close to doing much better last Saturday at the Fond du Lac Invite.

Port scored 101.5 points, just behind Burlington’s 102 and Menomonie’s 111. Wausau West won with 268 points and Lodi was second with 206.

“We had seven guys in the top eight. Last week I would have said that would have been great,” coach Angelo LaRosa said. “But for me we lost so many close, winnable matches. I don’t remember a tournament in recent years in which we lost so many winnable matches.”

The Pirates went 7-1 in the first round and were in second place. They went 1-7 in the quarterfinals.

Kaiden Schumacher at 126 pounds finished third. He won by pin and a 14-2 major decision before losing a 6-1 decision in the final seconds in the semifinals. In the third-place match, he won a 7-2 decision over Mason Carpenter of Lourdes Academy/Valley Christian.

Brady Krueger at 138 pounds went 4-1 and finished fifth. Aiden Drotzur at 170 pounds and Jacob Peacy at 220 each went 3-2 and finished sixth.

J.D. Brahm at 182 and Nick Bensen at 195 each went 3-2 and finished seventh.

Not coming through in the close ones is “the difference in getting to the state tournament, on the podium or becoming a champion,” LaRosa said.

On Dec. 15, the Pirates hosted dual matches against North Shore Conference foe Cedarburg and nonconference opponent Ozaukee.

LaRosa added the Warriors because the Bulldogs are struggling with numbers. Port won, 78-6. The Pirates won eight of the nine matches forfeited and the other five by pins. Brodie Brecke (120),

Schumacher (126), Nick Gonzalez (132), Krueger (138) and Brandon Grabowski (160) pinned their opponents.

“A straight-up dual meet with Cedarburg — that’s not good for the sport,” LaRosa said. “That’s not good for anybody.”

Port beat Ozaukee, 63-12. The Pirates won four matches via forfeit and one was double forfeited.

Gonzalez pinned Michael Higginbotham in 3 minutes, 48 seconds at 132 pounds. Krueger pinned Phil McLarty in 2:36 at 138. Port’s Nate Streiff pinned Evan Alexander in 2:49 at 145.

Drotzur pinned Jonny Melendez in 3:56 at 170. Peacy pinned Skyler Mills in 41 seconds. Ever Armendariz beat Zach Bell at 285, 9-2. Brecke pinned Mya Delleree in 1:20.

For Ozaukee, Joe Grabowski pinned Sam Pasten in 3:20 at 152 and Tayten Platner pinned Nick Breimon in 3:30 at 13.

Port wrestles in La Crosse on a two-day trip next week.

Platner leads Warriors in Green Bay

Ozaukee scored 233 points and finished 10th at the Willard Schmidt Invitational on Saturday in Green Bay.

Platner won his bracket at 106 pounds. He pinned two foes, won a 21-6 technical fall and in the finals beat Michael Posorski of Kaukauna in a 15-4 major decision.

Higginbotham at 132 and Zach Bell at 220 were both third. Higginbotham won by pin in 53 seconds the third-place match, and Bell won by injury default.

Blake Cocanower at 195 was sixth.

Winnecone won the 14-team meet with 494.5 points.

Ozaukee was to wrestle at Lomira on Tuesday and in an tournament next Monday and Tuesday.

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