Seven times 2

Port and Grafton advance the same number of wrestlers to sectionals; Pfleger hits career milestone

GRAFTON’S ELLIS PFLEGER reached 100 career victories in winning the 152-pound weight class at Saturday’s Division 2 regional at Catholic Memorial. Photo courtesy of Mike Dodge
Ozaukee Press staff

Neither Port Washington or Grafton high school’s wrestling teams advanced to sectional competition, but both are sending a load of wrestlers to the next round.

The Pirates took second at the seven-team Division 2 Sheboygan Falls Sectional with 184.5 points, just behind Campbellsport’s 193.5. Sheboygan Falls took third with 174 points. Kewaskum scored 164 and Lomira 162.

“Obviously, you want to win. We’re always looking at the big picture. We had a nice day. We only lost a couple of winnable matches,” coach Angelo LaRosa said.

Blake Peiffer (7-1) at 126 pounds returned from injury late in the season and made enough fast progress to win a regional title, and Tristan Griswold at 182 won his weight class.

Peiffer pinned Blake DeGroff (24-20) of Waupun in 1 minute, 33 seconds, then won a 9-4 decision over Cade Heisdorf (31-9) of Campbellsport for the title.

“Blake’s getting better with every match,” LaRosa said.

Griswold (14-7) won a 12-2 major decision over Abe Helsell (27-15) of Lomira and for the title won a 5-1 decision over Garret Rau (28-11) of Sheboygan Falls.

“Griswold wrestled well,” LaRosa said.

The Pirates got five second-place finishes: Brett Grisar (21-13) at 138 pounds; Alex Salas (19-16) at 152; Nolan Makoutz (15-19) at 160; Lucas Schumacher (16-13) at 170; and Jacob Peacy (20-12) at 195.

Salas nearly won the title, losing a 6-3 decision to Devyn Urban (24-7). He was down 4-3 in the final seconds and gave up a take down. In the second-place match, Salas pinned Dominik Dominguez (10-19) of Sheboygan Falls in 41 seconds.

Grisar won his second-place match with a 15-2 major decision over Alex Butler (9-10) of Kewaskum.

Makoutz took second by pinning Nicho Cotcher (11-17) of Sheboygan Falls in 3:02.

Schumacher got second by rule over Hunter Feucht (20-19) of Lomira, pinning him in 41 seconds in the semifinal.

Peacy pinned Ty Hockers (13-8) of Mayville in 3:50 for second place.

Freshman Shem Castillo (24-15) at 285 had Elijah O’Laughlin (24-14) of Campbellsport on his back twice before being pinned in 1:59 and missing out on advancing to the final.

Grafton crowns four regional champions

The Black Hawks advanced seven wrestlers, including four champions, to sectional competition.

Ellis Pfleger had the most to celebrate, reaching 100 career victories at the seven-team Catholic Memorial Sectional.

“He’s just always looking to improve wrestling and puts in a tremendous amount of time in the offseason,” coach Mike Dodge said.

Pfleger (39-5) pinned Jeff Heist (0-4) of Jefferson in 1:45 and won a 14-0 major decision over Max Thiele (11-3) of Lakeside Lutheran in the final.

Alec Davis at 195 pounds, who reached 100 victories earlier this season, won his weight class as well. He pinned Ryan Metiva (13-14) of Catholic Memorial in 1:38, then Justin Learned (17-5) of

Lakeside Lutheran in 1:07 in the finals.

“You always hope that those top guys are going to perform like you know they can. Right now, Ellis and Alec have been wrestling well, and our goal is to keep everybody focused and take just one match at a time,” Dodge said.

The Hawks scored 185 points and took third place behind the hosts’ 223.5 and Jefferson’s 213.

“We had a pretty solid day. For our young team, that was a good performance,” Dodge said.

Cameron Jacobs (11-8) at 145 pounds took first by pinning Marvell Lee (7-9) of Catholic Memorial in 1:07 and then beating Caleb Quest (24-9) of Lake Mills in a 10-6 decision in the finals.

Jacobs, a sophomore, returned from injury in January.

“He’s been slowly building some momentum and improving things. It was nice to see him put some matches together and win that,” Dodge said.

Austin Greefkes (21-10) at 106 pounds only needed one match to win his class. He pinned Fidel Jaramillo (13-18) of Catholic Memorial in 1:07.

“Austin did a great job. He stuck to his game plan there. He knew he had one guy to beat to win the tournament. He’s been coming around the last three weeks, working on setups and other stuff,” Dodge said.

The Hawks got three second-place finishes: Evan Jobe (25-14) at 113 pounds; Daniel Fandler (11-13) at 132; and Nick Swenson (20-19) at 138.

None of the three needed to wrestle for second. All won by rule from victories in the semifinal matches.

Jobe had already won a 12-0 major decision over Nate Alexander (7-18) of Catholic Memorial. In the final, he lost to No. 2-ranked Quintin Gerhmann (32-2) of Jefferson by a pin in 1:21.

Fandler won a 6-5 decision over Victor Taney (12-14) of Lake Mills. He was pinned in the finals by Ethan Dieckman (23-17) of Jefferson in 57 seconds.

Swenson pinned Logan Nguyen (19-21) of Jefferson. He faced the defending state champ in the finals and lost to Aiden Medora (27-0) by a 17-1 technical fall.

“Our attitude and our focus was let’s be positive. Let’s focus on the stuff that we’ve been doing this season and take it one match at a time,” Dodge said.

“Several guys won first-round matches to get into the finals, and that’s what you need to do.”

The Pirates and Hawks wrestle in the Campbellsport Sectional on Saturday. The top three place finishers advance to state in Madison the following week.



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