Mukwonago Tops Hartford

By Joe Shinners

Special to the Journal Sentinel

      Hartford – Muskego wrestling coach Ted Price knew this was going to be his most talented team during his eight-year tenure at the school.

      But even he was surprised by the sheer domination the Warriors exhibited in defeating the host Hartford Orioles by a 59-10 margin in the final round of duals Saturday afternoon at the 32nd Hartford Team Tournament.

Both schools cruised into the final round with 4-0 records, setting up a clash between two teams that have been neck and neck in the Hartford gym at this tournament the past several years.

It wasn’t even close this time as Muskego opened the dual with a pin by junior Jerred Gruettner at 160 pounds and went on to record seven overall pins as the Warriors improved to 6-0 this year.

Muskego won the first six matches to jump out to a 30-0 lead and won 12 of the fourteen matches overall. Muskego’s seniors also had a solid dual as seven of the eight won their matches against Hartford.

Senior Jake Schilling capped the day off for Muskego as he defeated Hartford senior Pat Keneally by a 9-3 decision in a battle between two returning state qualifiers at 152 pounds.

Muskego finished at 5-0. Hartford finished 4-1, followed by Brookfield East at 3-2 and Waukesha South at 2-3. Brookfield East was led by junior Zach Sines, who ran his record to 13-0 this year by winning all five of his matches. Sines was a state qualifier a year ago.

It’s early in the season, but even Price was surprised by the final result.

“I don’t think we’ve ever beaten (Hartford) by this many points,” said Price after his team repeated as tournament champion and won the school’s fourth team title at Hartford. “It’s got to be the worst we’ve ever beaten them. I don’t think we’ve ever beaten them by more than 20 points. I think, bottom line, is they didn’t match up really well with us.”

Muskego’s seniors were the difference. Hartford, with an early 39-32 loss to area No. 1 Mukwonago this year, entered with a 1-1 record but didn’t have the depth to compete against Muskego and its seniors in the final round.

“We’ve got them (seniors) through the middle, we’ve got them up top and we’ve even got a couple of them in the lighter weights,” said Price. “Normally, the seniors bunch themselves together and we can’t spread it out and get seniors on the mat.”

      First year Hartford coach Steve Best, who had freshman Zach Durante (112) as his lone 5-0 wrestler at the tournament, didn’t make any excuses after the lopsided dual loss.

      “They have a heck of a team over there,” said Best. “I knew they were tough, but they just got the ball rolling and got momentum behind them and kept that ball rolling. We just couldn’t turn it around. They’re pretty solid up and down the line up.”



Hartford Duals

At Hartford

      Final standings: Muskego 5-0, Hartford 4-1, Brookfield East 3-2, Waukesha South 2-3, Homestead 1-4, Plymouth 0-5.

      Dual scores: Rd 1 – HFD 70, WS MUS 69, PLY 7; BE 63, HOM 18. Rd 2 – HFD 66, PLY 18; BE 51, WS 27; MUS 75, HOM 3. Rd 3 – HFD 47, BE 20; HOM 43, PLY 27; MUS 63, WS 8. Rd 4 – HFD 76, HOM 6; MUS 60, BE 14; WS 58, PLY 23. Rd 5 – MUS 59, HFD 10, WS 49, HOM 27; BE 63, PLY 16.

      5-0 wrestlers: MUS – Kyle Scherkenbach (103), Jordan Lau (119), Scott Lau (125), Jordan Sowinski (130), Derek Olson (135), Jake Schilling (152), Jerred Gruettner (160), Jason Gruettner (171), Kyle Castellion (189). BE – Zach Sines (140). HFD – Zach Durante (112).



Muskego 59, Hartford 10: 160 – Jerred Gruettner, M, pinned Jordan Hamilton, 2:47; 171 – Jason Gruettner, M, pinned Zach Lokken, :48; 189 – Kyle Castellion,M, def. Nick Broadway, 9-6; 215 – Corey Anderson, M, pinned Sean Fuiten, 4:59; 285 – Alex Hehoe, M, def. John Gouger, 6-4; 103 – Kyle Scherkenbach, M, pinned Ben Schmirler, :45; 112 – Zach Durante, H, def. Jeremy Burgard, 15-5; 119 – Jordan Lau, M, Pinned Jarid Baumgartner, 5:51; 125 – Scott Lau, M, Pinned Casey Kenealy, H, :39; 130 – Jordan Sowinski, M, tech falled Weston Klink, 3:57; 135 – Derek Olson, M, Pinned Danny Allen, 3:30; 140 – Luke Multhauf, H, pinned T.J. Jankowski, 3:41; 145 – Matt Jaskowski, M, def. Adam Linder, 5-3, OT; 152 – Jake Schilling, M, def. Pat Kenealy, 9-3.