This year, it is especially appropriate that a WIAA Division 1 wrestling sectional is taking place in West Allis.
That's because West Allis Central and West Allis Hale are combining to send 20 entrants to that sectional, which will be held at Central High School at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
In addition, eight of them will be going to the sectional as regional champions.
The Bulldogs advanced 11 wrestlers through the regional, which was at Whitnall High School last Saturday, while the Huskies sent nine.
Central wins team title
Central also claimed the regional team championship with 2171/2 points, and that victory earned the Bulldogs a berth in a state team sectional as well.
They met Mukwonago on Tuesday night in a dual, and the winner of that meet will go to the team state tournament in March. Central lost to Mukwonago in last year's team sectional.
"The regional title was our first step in our goal to make it to state," said Central head coach Jon Nelson.
Hale tallied 1821/2 points for third place in the regional, finishing behind runner-up Waukesha South with 194 points.
The top two in each weight class at the sectional advance to the state meet next week in Madison.
Individual regional champions for Central were Tyus White at 106 pounds, Tere White at 120 pounds and Mark Choinski at 138 pounds.
Tyus White, who improved to 36-2, pinned Marcelo Barriero of Waukesha South in 3 minutes, 14 seconds for his title.
Tere White (30-1) won 7-3 over Michael Hayes of Kettle Moraine in his title match, while Choinski (34-2) dropped David Wertz of Brookfield East in 3:20 in his final.
Nelson feels that Tyus White, Tere White and Choinski are all major state contenders.
"Tyus has a tough road but can beat all those guys (at the sectional)," Nelson said. "Tere has to wrestle his style, and he will win the sectional. Mark and (Watertown's) Max Fisher (45-0) will most likely make it to state. Which one will win Saturday ...this could be the state finals match in my opinion."
Hale had five champs
Hale's champions were John Baltz at 113 pounds, Luke Ellis at 126, Jake Gruichich at 160, Andrew Buelow at 182 and Dallas Wanta at 220 pounds.
Wanta moved to 41-0 on the season with three victories, capped by a 4-1 decision over TJ Hudler of Waukesha West in his final. Earlier, Wanta had received a bye and had topped city rival Robert Torres 11-4 in the semifinals.
Baltz (36-7) posted a 15-0 technical fall over Alex Espada of Brookfield Central in his title match, while Ellis (34-5) downed Vicente Cardoso of West Allis Central 15-9.
Gruichich (33-7) dropped Eric Ehrhardt of Waukesha South 8-2 in his title bout, and Buelow (31-10) tipped Brandon Driessen of West Allis Central 3-1 for his crown.
Taking second for the Bulldogs were Vicente Cardoso at 126 pounds, Mauricio Cardoso at 132, Chris Helm at 152 and Driessen at 182 pounds. For Hale, Jordan Shields took second at 145 pounds.
Nelson thought Mauricio Cardoso also has a good chance of getting to state.
"Mauricio is a dark horse who has a good shot if he's dialed in and focused," he said.
Placing third were Central's Jason Alvarez (170) and Hale's Aaron Konkol (138).
Finishing fourth for the Bulldogs were Alexis Elvira (160), Torres (220) and Laren Stadler (heavyweight). Capturing fourths for Hale were Simo Gruichich (132) and Chris Faber (170).
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