Once again, the West Allis Hale wrestling team put forth a championship effort in a tournament that holds a great deal of meaning to the program.
The Huskies racked up four championships and a total of 14 medals in winning the Bauer Brawl on Saturday at home.
They tallied 225 1/2 points to top Greenfield's runner-up effort of 181 1/2 points in the nine-team meet.
The Bauer Brawl is named for Steve Bauer, the father of three former Hale wrestlers, who died of a brain tumor in 2009.
Event raises money
"His family continues to play a large role in the development of our program," head coach Randy Ferrell said. "Each year, money raised during the Bauer Brawl goes towards a scholarship for wrestlers moving on to secondary education."
Winning individual crowns for Hale were Luke Ellis at 126 pounds, Jordan Shields at 145, Jake Gruichich at 160 and Dallas Wanta, who remained unbeaten at 220.
Ellis, who moved to 18-3 on the season, downed Taylor Choinski of Racine Case 8-5 in his title match. Shields (15-6) topped Trentyn Shaw of Waukesha West 5-3 in his final.
Gruichich (18-6) defeated Thomas Friedbacher of Greenfield 11-2 in his final match, while Wanta (22-0) dropped TJ Huddler of Waukesha West 16-7.
Taking second were John Baltz at 113 pounds (20-4), Andrew Buelow at 182 (17-5) and Steven Klinko at heavyweight (2-2).
Coming in third were Oliver Arena at 120, Aaron Konkol at 132 and Justin Schroeder at 195.
Capturing fourth were Charles Wagner at 106, Alec Krause at 138, Julien Moreno at 152 and Ryan Sheard at 170 pounds.
"As a team, our guys are showing some toughness," Ferrell said. "We battle back from injuries and sickness. We had several young men step up and take a varsity position for the Brawl.
"It has to be a next-man philosophy at this point in the season and it is nice to know that our guys are ready."
Ferrell particularly praised the seniors: Ellis, Moreno, Gruichich, Sheard, Buelow, Wanta, Zion Schum and Tony Gibilian.
"They work hard to set a good example and I believe it shows," the coach said.
Hawks win three titles
Greenfield claimed three individual championships in the Brawl.
Winners were Tre'Vaughn Craig (138), Turner Panich (152) and Anthony Rychlowski (heavyweight).
Craig downed Jack Plale of Whitefish Bay 7-6 in his title match, while Panich topped Collin Barry of Wilmot 9-5 and Rychlowski pinned Klinko of Hale in 2 minutes, 18 seconds.
Finishing second for the Hustlin' Hawks were Dylan Kumbera (132), Friedbacher (160) and Anthony Kurczewski (195).
Earning third were Tyler Dorfner (170) and Nathaniel Grund (182), while Nicholas Pollack took fourth at 126 pounds.
Taking fifth were Cory Walloch (106) and Kyle Christensen (145). Mohammed Jaber came in sixth at 220 pounds.
Hale visits Brookfield Central at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 for a Greater Metro Conference dual meet, then travels to the Elkhorn Invitational on Jan. 11.
Greenfield takes on New Berlin at New Berlin West at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in a Woodland Conference dual.
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