Muskego wrestlers soar to second place at Pewaukee Invite
McFarland, Price claim individual titles
Bouncing back after a difficult dual loss to Mukwonago, the Muskego wrestling team captured second place in the Pewaukee Invitational on Saturday.
Brady McFarland and Connor Price claimed individual championships for the Warriors, who tallied 184 points to finish behind only Pewaukee with 263 points in the eight-team meet.
Oconomowoc took third place with 173 1/2 points, while Sussex Hamilton was fourth with 168 in the competitive meet.
"I thought we did a nice job of coming back on Saturday (after the dual loss) and wrestling tough," head coach Sean Fortmann said. "We took second and it was a true team effort. We had 13 guys place in the top five."
McFarland, Price prevail
McFarland won at 160 pounds and Price took the title at 182 pounds to lead Muskego.
McFarland (21-3) won three matches, including an 11-8 decision over Kevin Beckmann of Ozaukee (29-6) in the title bout.
Price (28-4) also won three times, topping Jacob Becker of Pewaukee (19-14) by a 9-3 count in his final.
"Connor won his fourth title at this tournament," Fortmann said, "and Brady beat the fourth-ranked wrestler in Division 3."
Marty Alivo (20-9) came in second at 220 pounds, dropping an 8-2 decision to Jake Roseland of Pewaukee (24-10) in the title match.
Taking third were Jack Sarnowski at 126 pounds, Ryan Borton at 170 and Grant Balconi at 195 pounds.
Coming in fourth were Tommy Wintheiser (106 pounds), Vinny Nazario (120), Blake Reeves (132), Cameron Rygiewicz (138) and Jorin McGuire (heavyweight).
Jon Schweitzer took fifth place at 113 pounds and Trey Hurlbut sixth at 152 pounds for the Warriors.
The Warriors competed without Austin Quartullo, who took the weekend off to rest for the upcoming tournament series.
"He will be ready to go for conference next week," Fortmann said. "It was great to have as good a day as we had without Austin. We finished the tournament strongly, winning a lot of matches in the final two rounds."
Mukwonago wins dual
One night earlier, the Warriors struggled against Mukwonago in a battle for the Classic 8 Conference dual-meet crown.
They dropped a 44-21 decision despite victories by Alivo (6-5 decision), Quartullo at 126 pounds (4-3), Sarnowski (6-3), Rygiewicz (10-2 major decision), McFarland (13-5) and Price (21-8).
"I thought Marty wrestled really well," Fortmann said. "He beat a returning state qualifier by just competing for the whole match. Cameron also did a nice job of picking up bonus points."
Mukwonago won five of the first six matches, all by pins, to assume a 30-3 lead, which proved to be too much for the Warriors to overcome.
"It was a big dual, and I think we were kind of wide-eyed for it," Fortmann said. "They won eight matches and we won six, but it was a wider margin because we gave up too many pins. We lost the first match and it snowballed on us."
Mukwonago finished unbeaten in conference duals, while Muskego suffered its first defeat in the Classic 8 this season.
"It was a good dual because we learned what it means to be a top-level team like Mukwonago is," Fortmann said. "Hopefully, we can use those lessons as we move on to the important part of the year."
Muskego will now compete in the conference meet at Kettle Moraine at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8.
On the junior varsity level, the Warriors tallied 98 points for fourth place in the Classic 8/Greater Metro Conference Meet on Feb. 7.
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