For the fourth year in a row, Whitnall High School's wrestling team defeated crosstown rival Greenfield in Woodland Conference action Wednesday night at the Whitnall gym. The Falcons won 10 of 14 matches en route to a 49-21 victory.
Falcon 220-pounder Ethan Harycki set the pace for the night in the opening match, pinning Greenfield's Brandon Tolbert at the close of the first period. The teams then traded forfeits, with Alex Morton scoring for Greenfield at 285 and Josh Rinka taking the points for Whitnall at 106.
Anthony Senthasivouk, who usually wrestles at 106 for the Falcons, moved up to 113 pounds and pinned Greenfield's Logan Zabkowicz early in the second period. In the following match, Falcon 120-pounder Joe Price scored a reversal at the final buzzer to eke out an 8-7 win over Adam Zieman.
Whitnall's Blake Leslie then took a 10-3 decision over Hawk 126-pounder Dylan Kambera. Whitnall's Dylan Kellner next effectively put the meet out of reach when he pinned Greenfield's Andrew Patrick early in the second period.
In the next match, Greenfield 138-pounder Victor Castro scored the visitors' only pin, a third-period effort over Mark Burakowski. Whitnall's Nick Monty responded by pinning the Hawks' Dominic Caputa in 1:12.
Ryan Olson, one of seven sophomores who took to the mat for Whitnall, then brought the crowd to its feet with the most improbable win of the night. Olson was trailing 13-5 when he took down and pinned Greenfield's Tom Friedbacher with just 18 seconds left in the match.
The Falcons' senior co-captains then split a pair of decisions. Zach Price lost 14-10 to the Hawks' Tyler Dorfner, while Zach Barnhart shut out Turner Panich, 9-0. Panich was the only Greenfield wrestler to score against Whitnall in last season's meeting of the two teams.
Whitnall's Michael Langenohl added a 5-3 win over Chad Karges at 185, and Matt Braatz picked up the hosts' 195-pound forfeit for the visitors.
Whitnall coach John Quinlan credited his team's ability to wrestle the full six minutes as crucial to the win. The team dropped a one-point heartbreaker to Green Bay Saturday in large part to giving up last-minute pins in three matches.
"Tonight, we really outscored them in the third period," Quinlan said. "They really took it to heart about going the full six minutes. Ryan Olson and Joe Price didn't give up and came through with wins. Zach Price got caught, but he saved three team points by not letting himself get pinned," the coach said.
- The Falcons will face Plymouth, Wisconsin Dells and Fond du Lac in the first three of five contests at the Wisconsin Dells Duals Saturday.
- A schedule change moves Whitnall's next home meet, against Greendale, to Thursday, December 20.
- SevenWhitnall junior varsity wrestlers won matches Wednesday, including a pin by Tyler Rabideaux.