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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:18

Castillo’s pin is one of seven for in a dual-meet win over NSC foe Nicolet

Christmas came early for Port Washington wrestler Shem Castillo.
The Pirate freshman pinned Nicolet’s Barry Quinnies in 4 minutes, 34 seconds in a dual match on Dec. 21.
It was Castillo’s first pin in varsity wrestling.
“That was kind of an exclamation point from a dual meet,” coach Angelo LaRosa said.
After the victory, Castillo showed off some talent in another area.
“He did a little dancing after. He’s got some good dance moves,” LaRosa said.
“He was fired up.”
The match was one of the highlights in a 42-29 victory in which the Pirates earned seven pins.
PORT WRESTLING color s1122117280“It was an exciting dual,” LaRosa said.
Up, 24-23, with four matches left, the Pirates reeled off three straight pins before forfeiting at 285 to seal the win.
Senior Lukas Burke at 182 pounds pinned Nick Noble in 54 seconds, and Tristan Griswold at 195 pinned Peter Driscoll in 2:34.
“We knew it could get really close. It got pretty dicey there for a little bit,” LaRosa said.
Port wasn’t fielding its full team, however.
“We had some guys out due to injury – We’ve been hit by injury bug so far this season,” LaRosa said.
“Some other people just had to step up and they did.”
Angel Torres at 138 pounds was wrestling a category higher than usual — he will be at 132, LaRosa said — and earned a pin over Robert Lagerman in 1:55. And he did it after nearly losing the match.
“Angel Torres got a pin from off his back. That was a huge momentum swing,” LaRosa said.
Some of the Pirates’ usual suspects did what they usually do — shorten the match while parking their opponent’s shoulders on the mat.

Blake Peiffer at 106 pinned Kazi Wynn Beaver in 2:21, and Oliver Rosado pinned Kuesel Ryan in 2:51. Cody Pierron at 160 pinned Jay Singh in 22 seconds.
“Rosado wrestled a tough kid from their team and got a big pin in a toss-up match,” LaRosa said.
But it wasn’t just the seven pins that were keys the match, LaRosa said.
Josh Holtebeck at 170 pounds lost to state runner-up and Division 1 college recruit Peter Keckeisen by a 23-8 technical fall. That gave Nicolet five points instead of six for a pin.
“That saved us a point,” LaRosa said.
Alden Phillips at 132 lost an 11-4 decision and “fought up until the end,” LaRosa said.
LaRosa said he hopes to get senior Chad Spaeth and junior Jake Wiesmueller back this week from injury.
The Pirates are slated to wrestle in the Northern Exposure Tournament in Merrill on Thursday and Friday.
“I like always having some kind of overnight trip. It’s fun for the kids. It’s a team-building thing, just to get them out of their comfort zone,” LaRosa said.
Port wrestles at Cedarburg on Jan. 4.

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