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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:31

Coach has his choice of talented wrestlers to pick from this season

Grafton’s wrestling team has a plethora of young talent this season.
Unfortunately, several of the wrestlers fall into the same weight category, 106 pounds.
The Hawks have 26 wrestlers on the roster. Six are freshmen who wrestle at 106.
“Six quality guys at one weight class. That’s a pretty nice problem to have but it’s kind of rough when they’re weighing about the same,” coach Mike Dodge said.
“We have good numbers and our goal in the future is to spread these good wrestlers out.”
The Hawks return their two state qualifiers, Nick Rapp and Ellis Pfleger, along with sectional qualifier Alec Davis.
A local rivalry, however, won’t likely be continuing this season. Now with 10 teams in the North Shore Conference, the league is split into two pools and every team doesn’t play one another.
NICK RAPP 170 pounds 1 4CThat means Grafton won’t play Port Washington this year, unless the two teams finish with similar records. At the end of the season, teams play one crossover match against a team from the opposite pool.
Grafton took ninth of 16 teams on Dec. 2 at the Papermaker Invitational at Appleton. The Hawks scored 241.5 points. Appleton North won with 416.5.
Of seven wrestlers, four made it to the finals.
Pfleger at 138 pounds and Davis at 220 each won titles. Rapp at 160 and Cody Case at 195 each took second.
Pfleger won a 7-6 decision in the championship match over Connor Ramage of Ashwaubenon. To get there, he won an 8-2 decision over Ezra Haight of Sturgeon Bay, won a 16-1 tech fall over Cody Nelson of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove and pinned Edward Hoddel of Oakfield in 1 minute, 3 seconds.

Davis pinned Brett Wittmann of Kimberly in 1:53 for the title. Earlier, he won an 8-1 decision over Mason Smith of Sun Prairie, pinned Max Carpenter of Appleton North in 37 seconds and pinned Alex Chiavetta of Oakfield in 41 seconds.
Rapp lost the title match, 6-4, in overtime to Kevin Pollack of Greenfield. Earlier in the day, he pinned Jake Thiel of Appleton North in 46 seconds, pinned Logan Kubetz of Kewaunee in 1:36, pinned Bruce Anschutz of Sturgeon Bay in 1:16 and pinned Brendan Hartwig of Oakfield in 1:03.
Case at 195 lost the title by a 10-2 major decision to Brock Danielski of Appleton North. Case won a 3-2 decision over Alex Haug of Sun Prairie and pinned Owen Apland of Princeton in 5:41.
On Nov. 30, the Hawks lost, 50-30, at Homestead. They gave up seven forfeits. Of the matches wrestled, Grafton went 2-2. Rapp and Davis each earned pins.
This week, Dodge said a couple of wrestlers come back and can get down to weight. Grafton hosts West Bend West on Thursday and wrestles in a Cedarburg tournament on Saturday.
“Our mentality is we’re taking each tournament one at a time. They’re stepping stones. We’re working to get better every time we’re on the mat.,” Dodge said.
“We’re happy with the wrestlers we have. They work hard every day. One of our goals is to just do that and improve.”