Dec. 30 Matside


Bird rebounds: Burlington senior Josh Bird (16-1), the two-time state finalist and one-time state champion, rebounded from his first loss of the year by winning the 132-pound title at the Bi-State Classic. Bird defeated Weston/Ithaca junior Stetson Clay (18-4) by a pin in 4 minutes 40 seconds.

Costly injuries: Waterford senior Max Fisher (15-1) defeated Wisconsin Lutheran senior Antoine Garrett (18-8) by a 6-4 decision in the third round at 152 at the OTW but it was a costly victory. Garrett went for a takedown at the buzzer and the two fell out of bounds. When Fisher landed, he dislocated an elbow and is out for an undetermined period of time. Also at the tournament, Lutheran senior Tepra Wright (18-1), the defending 126 D2 state champion, lost his first match of the year. Wright was defeated by Manitowoc junior Jose Acosta, (24-0) by a 7-6 decision in the final. Acosta, who handed Bird his first loss of the year last week, dislocated his shoulder against Wright and is expected to miss several weeks. 

Tosa prevails:  Wauwatosa ran its dual meet record to 13-0 by going 10-0 at the two-day Milwaukee Hamilton Holiday duals last week. In the key round-robin dual on the first day, Tosa defeated Kenosha Tremper, 37-35, and went on to the team title. Juniors Justin Folley (10-0 at 132) and Zach Miller (9-0 at 132/138) and seniors Ben Reagan (138/145) and Marcus Morrow (10-0 at 170) all had perfect days.

Still undefeated: Five area wrestlers emerged with titles at the OTW and remained undefeated this year. They are: Germantown junior Zack Szohr (6-0 at 106), West Allis Hale freshman Peyton Mocco (19-0 at 113), Wilmot junior Jake Morgan (16-0 at 138), Waterford freshman Jared Krattiger (18-0 at 160) and Wisconsin Lutheran junior Quinton Reed (24-0 at 285).

Gundrum, Samson win: West Bend East senior Jordan Gundrum (18-0) won the 160 title at the Mid States. Gundrum pinned East Troy junior Jeremy Dedick (16-2) in 1:43 in the final. Oconomowoc junior Brett Samson (16-1) defeated Linhart, 3-2, to win the 220 final.

Coming up

Cheesehead Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Kaukauna; 12:30 p.m. start on Friday and an 8:30 a.m. start on Saturday with the finals scheduled for 4 p.m. The state’s only nationally ranked tournament features 29 teams from nine states. Hartford, Arrowhead, Pewaukee and Port Washington among state teams to attend. This should be Hartford junior Beau Breske’s biggest challenge of the high school season.

Rocket Scramble, 9 a.m., Saturday at Cedar Grove-Belgium: Brookfield East, Kenosha Christian Life among teams scheduled to attend.