Muskego - Austin Quartullo and the Muskego wrestling team both seem to be rounding into form as tournament time approaches.
The Warriors finished fourth at Saturday's Pewaukee Invitational with 144 points as Quartullo, Jack Sarnowski and Connor Price all claimed individual championships.
Muskego also tipped Waukesha South, 29-28, in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet on Jan. 24, a victory clinched by Quartullo's 7-6 triumph at 120 pounds over Bill Prochniewski, who was rated second in the state.
"I think our team is starting to hit its stride," head coach Sean Fortmann said. "(South) was a great win. Everyone played a part in getting that victory. Connor and Austin have done a great job leading our young team by example, and Saturday was another example of that. They are really wrestling well."
Quartullo earned his 120-pound crown at Pewaukee with a first-round bye, a pin in 3 minutes, 12 seconds, and a 9-5 decision over Cole Large of Ozaukee in the title match.
Those triumphs, coupled with the big one over Prochniewski on Jan. 24, boosted Quartullo to 33-1 on the season. He was also named the outstanding wrestler of the Pewaukee tournament.
"It was a great week for Quartullo," Fortmann said of the junior, who finished sixth at 113 pounds in the state meet last season.
Sarnowski (19-10) captured the title at 106 pounds. He received a bye, then posted a pin in 1:56 before prevailing 8-5 in double overtime over Rajiv Geffert of Pewaukee in the final.
Price (32-5) snared the crown at 152 pounds. He took a bye, then recorded a pin in 2:22 in the semifinal and a 6-2 decision in the final over Nick Knoebel of Sussex Hamilton, a two-time state qualifier.
At heavyweight, Marty Alivo finished third. He lost his first match to Doug Edmonds of Wilmot on a pin, but came back to win two matches and pin Edmonds in 4:18 in the third-place match.
Taking fourth for the Warriors were Brady McFarland (145), Ryan Borton (160) and Jim Miller (182). Coming in fifth were Vinny Nazario (113) and Ryan Honerlaw (170), while Taylor Pietrzak was sixth (126).
Besides Quartullo, other Muskego winners in the dual against South on Jan. 24 were Sarnowski (16-3), Cameron Rygiewicz at 132 (11-8), Alex Ciepluch at 138 (12-1), McFarland (pin in 1:40), Price (5-0), Josh Nowak at 182 (5-0) and Kai Pham at 220 (4-3).
Muskego will compete in the Classic 8 Tournament at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at Hartland Arrowhead.
"I am excited for the conference," Fortmann said. "I think our kids are ready to have their best tournament of the year. This is the time of year that we work for."
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