Hale boys edge Central in West Allis wrestling thriller
Huskies also claim second at Waukesha
As far as sheer entertainment and excitement goes, the West Allis Hale-West Allis Central wrestling dual always seems to deliver.
The Huskies and Bulldogs put on another fine show before a capacity crowd at Hale on Dec. 12, with Hale winning eight of 14 matches and taking a 35-28 decision.
"It was a great atmosphere for our guys to compete in," Hale head coach Randy Ferrell said. "The gym was full and the energy was very high. It is very nice to see that both teams have really good numbers and great support from the fans.
"It is a testament to the city of West Allis of how much love (people) have for this great sport."
Central head coach Jon Nelson said, "It was a good dual, but a couple of key matchups lost us the meet. It was an exciting dual, but it didn't swing our way in the end. No regrets, though."
Bulldogs lead early
The Bulldogs jumped to a 12-0 lead on pins from heavyweight Laren Stadler over Tony Gibilian in 3 minutes, 51 seconds, and Tyus White at 106 pounds over Charles Wagner in 2:21.
Hale then won the next four matches to take the lead for good at 22-12. Winners were John Baltz (113) with a pin of Angel Navajar in 4:52, Oliver Arena (120) with a pin of Chandler Long-Beauchene in 2:49, Luke Ellis (126) with a fall over Vicente Cardosa in 1:57 and Simo Gruichich (132) with an 11-2 major decision over Dakota Lemay.
The Bulldogs and Huskies then split the final eight matches, alternating victories.
At 138, Mauricio Cardosa of Central pinned Zion Schum in 1:14, then at 145, Hale's Jordan Shields topped Marc-Anthony Schnepp 8-5. At that point, the Huskies were up 25-18.
At 152, Central's Mark Choinski downed Julien Moreno 12-3, but at 160, Hale's Jake Gruichich tipped Chris Helm 5-3.
Brandon Driessen of Central topped Ryan Sheard 13-6 at 170 pounds, then Hale's Andrew Buelow posted a crucial 3-1 overtime decision over Jason Alvarez as the Huskies clung to a 31-25 advantage.
At 195, Bobby Reyes of Central beat Anthony Campos 11-8 to trim the lead to 31-28, but Hale's Dallas Wanta closed out the dual at 220 pounds by topping Robert Torres 13-3.
The loss left Central's Nelson looking ahead to a future meeting of the teams, saying, "We are excited for the conference tournament to get our revenge."
The Bulldogs will become a bit stronger this week with the return of Tere White.
"That will bring us back to our A lineup," the coach said.
Hale second at Waukesha
The Huskies competed again on Saturday, taking second in the Waukesha West Invitational. They went 4-1 in duals on the day, losing only to tournament champion Cedarburg by a 42-25 count.
They defeated Kenosha Indian Trail 54-27, Elkhorn 36-30, De Pere 52-18 and Waukesha West 54-19.
Posting 5-0 marks were Ellis, Jake Gruichich, Buelow and Wanta, and Gibilian went 4-0. Baltz and Simo Gruichich were each 4-1 and Sheard was 3-0.
"Our guys are starting to come into their own and realize their potential," Ferrell said. "My hat is off to Cedarburg; that is a really good team. The win over Elkhorn was nice to have. Elkhorn is always a powerful team with great athletes and coaches."
Central next welcomes some of the top teams in the state for the E.H. Stech Invitational at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the field house.
Hale looks to go 3-0 in Greater Metro Conference duals when it visits Brookfield East at 7:30 p.m. today.
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