Smaller team is looking to develop

Coach targeting Port wrestlers to be peeking late in season; not as worried about results in dual meets
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

If this year’s Port Washington High School wrestling team was a financial investment, coach Angelo LaRosa would consider it a U.S. savings bond.

LaRosa is looking long term with his team of 22, a little smaller than he has in the past. The Pirates usually have around 30 wrestlers.

“The positive is everyone has wrestled before. Usually we have a handful of people who have done it,” he said.

LaRosa said he hopes to fill nearly all the weights, with 113 pounds being the possible hole.
 

LaRosa said he isn’t worried about sacrificing a dual meet here and there while the Pirates continue on the path to get as many wrestlers to the state tournament as possible.

“We’re going to sneak up on some people at the end, that’s for sure,” he said.

At the Campbellsport Courgar Invite on Saturday, the Pirates tied for third of 10 teams. They scored 111 points to tie the host and edge New Berlin’s 110.  Waunaukee won with 216.5. Neenah scored 192.5.

Salas took third at 152 pounds, going 3-1. He pinned Noah Kopp of New Berlin West in 55 seconds, then Devyn Urban of Campbellsport in 3:28. He lost by a 19-3 technical fall to Ty Miller of Waunakee in the finals.

“He’s been wrestling hard and he’s really improved a lot in the last couple of weeks,” LaRosa said.

Jake Weismueller at 145 pounds, Lucas Schumacher at 182, Jake Peacy at 195 and Shem Castillo at 285 each took third.

Weismueller, beset by injuries the past couple of seasons, won the third-place match by pinning Derek Ryan of New Berlin West in 4:37.

Schumacher pinned Isaac Yokofich of New Berlin West in 3:58.

Peacy pinned Ben Lukasz of West Bend West in 1:34.

Castillo won, 9-5, over Bryce Fochs of Neenah.

Last Thursday, Port lost at Slinger, 66-9, last Thursday. LaRosa said the defending North Shore Conference champion Owls are a top-five team in division 1. A handful of Pirates were wrestling up a weight class.

Salas at 152 pounds pinned Weston Grande in 4 minutes, 18 seconds, and senior Brett Grisar, who will run cross country in college, beat Matthaus Kemp, 12-11, at 138 pounds.

The Owls won six matches by forfeit, translating to 36 points.

While he could have filled more weights, LaRosa said he wasn’t going to put wrestlers out there when they weren’t ready.

“Just because you’re the only person at that weight class doesn’t mean you’re a varsity wrestler,” he said.

LaRosa hopes to get some injured wrestlers back. Blake Peiffer is just getting off of crutches after breaking his leg, but  Tristan Griswold is expected to return this week after suffering a cut near his eye in practice.

LaRosa said he also looks forward to Nolan Makoutz’ season, after the junior lost 50 pounds from last season.

Port was scheduled to wrestle at Homestead on Wednesday and at home against Whitefish Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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