Wisco’s Bid Falls Short of Muskego

By Joe Shinners

    Muskego Warriors wrestling coach Ted Price saw his team get a bit of a surprise test on its way to the state team wrestling tournament.

    It came in a spirited performance by the Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings Tuesday night at the Milwaukee Custer team sectional final.

    Muskego, on the strength of its lower weights, broke open a 24-24 tie with three consecutive pins and went on to defeat the Vikings, 48-24, as the Warriors earned their first trip to the state team tournament since 2004 and seventh overall.

    Muskego (15-0), ranked No. 1 in the area, and Price, however, will not face Wisocnsin Rapids in the first round, as he expected. Muskego will face Ashwaubenon, which knocked off Rapids, 32-31, in the Ashwaubenon Sectional final. Rapids had advanced to every team tournament since 1995 and won every Division 1 title in that span except in 2002.

    The Vikings (19-3), ranked No. 7 in the area, tried everything to stop the area’s top team. Lutheran coach Darrell Roecker shifted all of his wrestlers from 152 to 171 pounds up a weight class to try and create some mismatches that the Vikings could take advantage of in the dual that began at 140.

    “Wisconsin Lutheran made an aggressive move to go for the win,” said Price. “They didn’t come in to just make it interesting. They went for the win. They moved right up against some of our better kids, and I give them a lot of credit for taking that risk and going for the win.”

Lutheran senior Cody Petersen was able to pin Muskego senior Steve Laupan at 160 in 4 minutes 48 seconds as the Vikings took an 11-10 lead. The luck ended there.

At 171, Muskego senior Jason Greuttner scored a 17-2 technical fall in 5:05 over Lutheran junior Mike Buell in 5:05. And in the top match of the dual, Muskego senior Kyle Castellion had to hold on for a 6-5 decision at 189 over Lutheran junior John Klein and a 18-11 Muskego lead.

“The 189 match, if we can get that one, then it could have been a match,” said Roecker. “That is a very good Muskego team. They are strong. But I was proud. I felt we came out with good effort.”

Lutheran tied the dual, 24-24, after sophomore Mason McMullen posted a 12-2 major decision over Muskego junior Scott Wieting at 112.

It was all Muskego after that as sophomore Jordan Lau (119), senior Scott Lau (125) and sophomore Jordan Sowinski (130) all registered pins to secure Muskego’s trip to team state and first since the tournament moved to Madison.

“We’ve never wrestled (as a team) at the Fieldhouse,” said Price. “It’s my old stomping grounds. We’re definitely going to have fun up there.”