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Sport Shorts: Jan. 2

Greenfield’s Ross Rybakowicz swims the backstroke as he competes in the 400-yard individual medley at the Metro Officials Association Invitational held at Homestead High School on Friday. Rybakowicz won the 400 and 200 IMs.

Greenfield’s Ross Rybakowicz swims the backstroke as he competes in the 400-yard individual medley at the Metro Officials Association Invitational held at Homestead High School on Friday. Rybakowicz won the 400 and 200 IMs. Photo By Peter Zuzga

Dec. 29, 2013

HALE WRESTLING

Dallas Wanta claimed the individual championship at 220 pounds at the Oshkosh Lourdes Academy On The Water Classic last weekend.

Wanta, who improved to 20-0 on the season, topped Cody Linssen of Cottage Grove Park (Ill.) 7-2 in his title match. Linssen fell to 15-2 on his season.

The Hale wrestler received a first-round bye, then pinned his next four opponents, three of them in the first period.

John Baltz (19-3) finished third at 113 pounds, posting a 7-1 mark for the tournament. He captured third place with a 6-4 decision over River Pawelski of Southern Door, who was 20-4.

Andrew Buelow (16-4) snared fourth place at 182 pounds with a 5-2 mark. He lost his third-place match to Jake Fischer of West Bend West (16-2) with a 7-0 decision.

Jake Gruichich (15-6) came in eighth at 160 pounds with a 4-3 record, while Tony Gibilian (15-4) placed ninth at heavyweight with a 5-2 mark.

The Huskies tallied 191 points for ninth in the 59-team invitational, which was won by Coleman with 3211/2 points.

Hale returns to action with its own invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday. The field is scheduled to include Nicolet, Whitefish Bay, Waukesha West, Wauwatosa West, Greenfield and Racine Case.

CENTRAL WRESTLING

The Bulldogs won their bracket at last weekend's Northern Exposure Tournament at Merrill.

Central posted a 6-1 mark in dual meets, defeating Oconto Falls, 58-12' Mineral Point 36-25' Rice Lake, 44-21; Ladysmith, 71-4; the Grizzlies, 67-6; and Rosholt, 66-6; and losing to Merrill, 50-24.

Oconto Falls is rated sixth and Mineral Point ninth in Division 2 this season.

Posting 7-0 marks were Tyus White, Tere White and Mark Choinski.

Finishing with one loss were Vicente Cardosa, Brandon Driessen and Jason Alvarez. Laren Stadler, Angel Navajar, Alexis Elvira and Bobby Reyes all had two defeats for the tournament.

Notching winning records were Robert Torres, Marc-Anthony Schnepp and Chris Helm.

Head coach Jon Nelson said Choinski should be state-ranked this week at 138 and that Tere and Tyus White should move up in the ratings as well.

"Our theme for this week was basic and tough Bulldog wrestling," Nelson said.

Central is next at Sussex Hamilton on Jan. 9 for a Greater Metro Conference dual meet.

GREENFIELD/GREENDALE BOYS SWIMMING

Ross Rybakowicz won a pair of events to help the Panther-Hawks to a strong fifth-place finish in the Metro Officials Meet at Homestead on Friday.

Rybakowicz claimed the 400-yard individual medley with 4 minutes, 19.08 seconds and the 200 IM at 1:59.38.

Rick Perez captured second in both the 200 backstroke with a meet-record 1:53.51 and the 100 backstroke at 52.05 seconds.

Also taking second were Perez, Rybakowicz, Shawn Lucchesi and Adam Fleischhacker in the 200 medley with 1:39.04 and the 200 freestyle with 1:29.26. They beat every Wisconsin entry in both races, losing only to Libertyville (Ill.)

Lucchesi finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:49.97) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (56.09).

Claiming eighth were Fleischhacker in the 50 freestyle (24.03) and Rick Davis in the 200 IM (2:20.38).

Greenfield/Greendale tallied 205 points for fifth place in the 17-team meet, which was won by Libertyville with 382 points.

Among Wisconsin teams, the Panther-Hawks trailed only Arrowhead with 343 points and Muskego with 306 points. They beat Woodland Conference rival Shorewood (190) by one spot.

"Some of our swimmers are broken down from practice and still swam very well," head coach Dale Schrank said. "Others are struggling from the workouts, and another group missed too much practice over the holidays."

Greenfield/Greendale will next compete in the Marquette Invitational at the Schroeder Aquatic Center on Saturday.

WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL

Despite a 29-point outburst by Mitch Brault, the Falcons fell to Waukesha West, 77-67, in a non-conference contest Saturday.

Brault connected on 10 baskets, including five 3-point goals, for Whitnall. Nate Schaefer added 14 points and Tre Borland 9.

West built a 36-29 halftime edge, but the Falcons trimmed that to 52-47 after three quarters. The Wolverines, though, held on from there.

Whitnall fell to 5-5 on the season and will return to Woodland Conference competition at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, when they visit St. Francis. The Falcons will look to avenge a 73-61 defeat earlier this season.

— Compiled by John Rech

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