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Wrestling wrap-up

Jan. 14, 2009

Muskego

Derek Olson captured first place at 152 pounds for Muskego in the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational at Kaukauna on Jan. 9 and 10.

Olson, improving to 21-1 on the season, went 5-0 with a pair of byes in the two-day event which featured some of the top programs in Wisconsin and other states.

He won five decisions, including a 6-4 victory in the final against previously-unbeaten Shawn Perry of Wausau West (30-1), who had given him his only loss this season.

“Derek nailed him with two great takedowns and showed what a tough competitor he is,” coach Ted Price said.

Kyle Scherkenbach (16-9) took fourth place at 112 pounds with a 4-2 mark.

“We were really pleased with how he keeps improving every tournament,” Price said.

Fifths were posted by Jordan Sowinski at 140 pounds (19-4), Roland Dunlap at 171 (21-1) and Jordan Gruettner at 189 (21-3).

Dunlap was handed his first loss of the season with a 6-5 decision in round five, and Gruettner won his last six matches after an opening defeat.

Taking sixth were Tyler Quartullo at 125 (19-4) and Kyle Costigan at heavyweight (20-7).

Justin Scherkenbach (21-2) was seventh at 103, sustaining his first two losses of the season. Taking ninth were Jordan Lau at 135 (18-7) and Alex Kehoe at 215 (16-8).

The Warriors tallied 452 points for fifth place in the 20-team meet, which was won by Brandon, Fla., with 686.

“We finished behind only two Wisconsin teams (Wausau West and Kaukauna), who are rated first and third in the state, so we proved we deserve our fourth rating,” Price said.

Muskego also downed Racine Case, 62-10, in a Southeast Conference dual Jan. 8 to improve to 4-0 in the SEC.

The Warriors will take part in the Norski Invitational at DeForest on Saturday, Jan. 17.

New Berlin West

Adam Ruiz won the title at 130 pounds to highlight the Vikings’ effort in their own invitational on Jan. 10.

Ruiz (12-6) pinned his first foe in 2 minutes, 16 seconds, then won by injury default in the semifinal and posted a 10-8 overtime decision in the final.

Claiming seconds were Drew Davis at 140 (9-6), Nick Binder at 152 (14-7), Carl Stanfield at 171 (12-8) and Kyle Goldsmith at 215 (12-7).

“Adam wrestled tough all day to win, and Davis, Binder and Stanfield finished second to some elite competition,” co-coach Rick Stoner said. “We’re confident they can learn from those lessons.”

Finishing third were Hlu Vang at 103 (17-8) and Heng Vang at 112 (12-10) and fourth was taken by Lucas Dixon at 125 (3-2).

Capturing fifth were Jake Reuteler at 145 and Zach Reuteler at 189. Not placing were Kyle Davis (135) and Nate Kirby (160).

The Vikings tallied 173 points for fourth place behind West Allis Hale (187), Cambridge (180 1/2 ) and Beloit Turner (174). “We had the lead going into the final round, but we ran into some tough wrestlers in the first and third-place matches,” Stoner said.

West will travel to Wauwatosa West on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

New Berlin Eisenhower

Zach Brucker continued his fine season for the Lions by taking first at 135 pounds in the Viking Invitational at New Berlin West on Jan. 10.

Brucker (17-3) had a first-round bye, posted an 11-0 major decision in the semifinal and pinned a Nicolet man in 1 minute, 50 seconds in the final.

Ross Riopelle (13-8) was fourth at 103 pounds. Nick Devroy was fifth at 130. Taking sixth were Matt Pscheid (119), Chris Doerner (152), Dan Heimerl (160) and Jake Peshman (189) and Johnny Schmidt (125) did not place.

The Lions scored 71 points for eighth place in the meet, which was won by West Allis Hale (187).

Eisenhower will visit first-place Pewaukee for a Woodland Conference dual today, Jan. 15.

— John Rech, Staff Writer

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