February 8 Central Back on Top in GMC

The West Allis Central Bulldogs wanted to be back on top of the Greater Metro Conference this year and they did that in a big way. First they won the league dual meet title for the first time since in two years. They added their first GMC tournament title since 2011 by sending nine wrestlers to the finals, seeing four wrestlers win individual titles and winning the team title by scoring 251 points.

Central needed each title as defending tournament champion Menomonee Falls sent six wrestlers to the finals. Menomonee Falls came away with only three champions and finished second with 237 points. West Allis Hale finished third with 173.5 points.

Central pulled away beginning at 182 pounds during the finals as it sent a wrestler to each of the four finals, picked up a pair of champions and knocked off Falls in a head-to-head showdown.

Central senior Brandon Driessen defeated Falls senior Nate Dantzler by a 9-1 major decision to win the 182 title in a key swing final. Central senior Robert Torres pinned Brookfield Central senior P.J. LeClaire in 3:16 in the final at 220 in a mild upset in the finals.

Central finished no worse then second from 182 on up while Falls could manage only a pair of fourths and a fifth from 195 on up.

Central’s other champions were senior Tere White (126) and junior Mauricio Cardosa (138).

Falls champions were sophomore Austin Lasanske (106), senior Bill Holz (120) and junior Jerott Holz (132). Bill Holz defeated Central junior Tyus White by a 6-2 decision in the 120 final in a key are final. White won the 106 Division 1 title a year ago. It was the third title for Holz after winning the 106 title in 2012 and the 120 title in 2013.