January 27 Matside

Folley turns head: Wauwatosa junior Justin Folley (31-1) vaulted to the top of the Division 1 rankings at wiwrestling.com with his 12-1 victory over previously No. 1-ranked and undefeated Manitowoc sophomore Jose Acosta (27-1) in a 126-pound match at the Tom Janssen Duals at Wauwatosa. Acosta, who already defeated returning state champions Josh Bird, a junior, of Burlington and Tepra Wright, senior, of Wisconsin Lutheran, wasn’t even in the match. “It wasn’t close at all,” said Wauwatosa coach Kent Morin. The separation point is so close among this grouping of wrestlers that the 126 and 132 weight classes may be the most exciting to watch in the state. Folley’s next match was against Wright at the tournament. Wright, a senior ranked No. 2 in Division 2, won by an 11-9 decision to hand Folley his first loss of the year.

Woodland states case: Every year, an argument is raised about what area conference is the best. This year, it has to be the Woodland Conference, especially after the results the league turned in over the weekend this late in the year. Three of the league’s teams are ranked in the area top 10. No. 6 Whitnall finished second at the Zelinski Duals. No. 8 Pewaukee won the Terry Kramer Open ahead of No. 3 Cedarburg and 10 Wauwatosa came within a tiebreaker of knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin Lutheran at the Tom Janssen Duals. Those are big results late in the year. No other league has the depth that the Woodland has this year. Whitnall will win the league dual crown this year. Pewaukee and Wauwatosa were scheduled to wrestle Wednesday for second place.

 

Coming Up

Elkhorn at Badger, 7 p.m., Thursday: The Elks try to remain undefeated in Southern Lakes Conference duals in a showdown with the Badgers.

Burlington at Waterford, 7 p.m., Thursday: For a shot at the Southern Lakes title, which combines the dual meet standings and the league tournament, Burlington can’t afford a letdown against Waterford.

Oak Creek at Racine Case, 7 p.m., Thursday: Oak Creek eyes a sweep of the Southeast Conference dual meet schedule.

Wisconsin Lutheran at Watertown, 7:15 p.m., Thursday: Lutheran needs this victory to set up a showdown next week against Hartford for a season sweep of the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference dual meet title. It would be Lutheran’s first ever dual meet title.