West Allis Central wrestling team claims Stech crown
Bulldogs top nemesis Mukwonago in its own invite
After tough dual-meet losses to West Allis Hale and Menomonee Falls in the past two weeks, the West Allis Central wrestling team needed a boost.
The Bulldogs received a huge lift when they won their own E.H. Stech Invitational over the weekend in the field house.
Central placed six wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes and captured a pair of individual championships, with Tere White winning at 120 pounds and Mark Choinski at 138 pounds.
The victory was even more satisfying for the Bulldogs since they beat Mukwonago, which had kept them out of last year's WIAA State Team Tournament.
Central tallied 181 1/2 points to top the Indians' 161 1/2 points. South Milwaukee took third place with 133 1/2 points.
"It's exciting to know that we can hang with Mukwonago, the team that beat us in the sectional team dual," head coach Jon Nelson said. "One of our team goals is always going to state, and this boosts the confidence level."
Whitnall and Greenfield also took part in the Stech, with the Falcons placing fifth with 98 points and the Hustlin' Hawks 14th with 63 points.
Central has two champs
The Bulldogs' two champions, White and Choinski, both went 4-0 for the tournament.
White, who made his season debut last week, topped Kai Castaneda of Wauwatosa 3-2 in the title match after posting a pin, major decision and decision in earlier matches.
Choinski, who improved to 9-2 on the season, beat Ben Reagan of Wauwatosa 3-2 in his final match. He had earlier won with a pair of pins and a technical fall.
Taking third were Tyus White at 106 pounds (10-2 on the season) and Mauricio Cardoso at 132 (9-2).
Claiming fourth were Vicente Cardoso at 126 and Marc-Anthony Schnepp at 145.
Finishing fifth were Angel Navejar at 113 pounds, Brandon Driessen at 170 and Jason Alvarez at 182. Bobby Reyes came in sixth at 195 pounds.
The victory at the Stech was welcome after a disappointing 40-22 dual loss to Menomonee Falls on Dec. 19.
Winners there for Central were Tere White (11-5 decision), Driessen (pin in 5 minutes, 57 seconds), Reyes (7-5), Robert Torres (pin in 1:32) and Tyus White (14-2 major decision).
The Bulldogs fell to 1-2 in Greater Metro Conference dual meets.
They are at the Merrill Invitational this weekend.
Whitnall boasts seconds
Anthony Senthavisouk (113 pounds) and Nick Monty (152) both finished second for the Falcons' highest places at the Stech.
Ethan Harycki (220) came in fourth, while Dylan Kellner took fifth at 132 pounds. Capturing sixth places were Joe Price (126) and Blake Leslie (138).
"If someone predicted we'd finish fifth in this tournament going in, I'd have said we'll take it," co-head coach John Quinlan said, "but when some of our guys had the opportunity to do better, we're disappointed.
"We really gave away a ton of matches. We were winning and got pinned, winning and lost decisions. Not to take away from the quality of the competition, but we definitely should have had guys placing a little higher than they did."
The Falcons earlier routed Pius XI by a 75-6 score on Dec. 18 to improve to 3-1 in Woodland Conference duals.
Winners were Matt Patterson (forfeit), Nick Scarcello (8-1), Senthavisouk (pin in 2:36), Price (1:27), Kellner (forfeit), Monty (1:10), Peter Moore (2:32), Jon Homontowski (3:42), Tyler Rabideaux (5:38), Cysco Rodriguez (1:01), Michael Langenohl (forfeit), Harycki (forfeit) and Ryan Keierleber (forfeit).
The Falcons are now scheduled to be off until Jan. 8, when they visit Greendale.
Greenfield grabs fourths
Turner Panich (152) and Thomas Friedbacher (160) both came in fourth for the Hustlin' Hawks at the Stech.
Anthony Rychlowski (heavyweight) took sixth to round out Greenfield's top-six showings.
The Hawks also dropped a 40-27 Woodland dual meet to South Milwaukee on Dec. 18.
Winning were Jason Alvarado (forfeit), Tre'Vaughn Craig (7-1), Kyle Christensen (pin in 1:57), Friedbacher (pin in 3:03) and Rychlowski (pin in 59 seconds).
Greenfield is now off until the West Allis Hale Invitational on Jan. 4.
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