West Allis Central puts five in state wrestling meet
Bulldogs bring home four individual titles at sectionals
With five qualifiers, West Allis Central will be one of the more prominent teams at this weekend's WIAA Division 1 State Individual Wrestling Meet.
The Bulldogs will send Tyus White, Tere White, Mark Choinski, Jason Alvarez and Brandon Driessen to the state event, which begins Feb. 27 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
The Whites, along with Choinski and Alvarez, all won their weight classes in a sectional meet on Saturday at Central, while Driessen was second. Choinski had one of the biggest victories of the day, topping a previously-unbeaten opponent in his championship match at 138.
Choinski edges Fisher
Choinski (37-2) won at 138 pounds with a pin, a technical fall and his big 4-2 triumph over Max Fisher of Waterford (48-1) in the title match.
Choinski was down 2-0 going into the second period and rode out Fisher the rest of that frame. He was still down 2-0 going into the third but got an escape to make it 2-1.
A stalling call against Fisher tied the match at 2-2, and with 15 seconds left, Choinski got in deep on a double leg and finished for the 4-2 victory.
"I thought I had two takedowns before and they didn't give me those," Choinski said. "I've been busting my butt for this, blood, sweat and tears. I've really been working hard. You put in the work, you should get the right results."
Choinski said he especially enjoyed handing Fisher his first loss.
"It put a little bit of confidence in me," he continued. "To be able to compete one on one, you're standing there across from your opponent (during introductions). You can't hide behind a team; it's just you and one other opponent."
Choinski challenges Greater Metro Conference foe Jake McMahon of Menomonee Falls (37-12) in his state opener.
White gets revenge
Tyus White, who moved to 39-2 on the season, recorded a pin, technical fall and 2-1 decision over Justin Ratkovec of Waterford (47-2) in the final match at 106 pounds.
"I had (Ratkovec) at Stech (in December) but I took third and he was first," White said. "I'm just glad I redeemed myself and came back to win it."
Central head coach Jon Nelson said, "Tyus wrestled great matches in what was thought to be the toughest weight class at the sectional. He will have an excellent seed at state. I see him on the podium, maybe even the top!"
White will take on Skylar Kroening of Sheboygan South (35-8) at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in his first state match.
Tere White (33-1) pinned his first sectional foe at 120 pounds, then posted a 13-1 major decision in the semifinal. He won by a technical fall in the title match against Michael Hayes of Kettle Moraine (34-12).
He had lost in a wrestleback for state last season, so the victory was especially sweet.
"I think about it every day of my life," he said. "I just wanted to come here and prove that I'm ready for state."
Nelson said, "He dominated at 120, and he should be on the (state) podium. He put kids on their backs multiple times throughout the tournament."
White will meet Alec Neumann of Franklin (23-10) in the first state match.
"I feel like if I go out there and wrestle hard, I should place at state," White said.
Alvarez (34-11) won three decisions at 170 during the sectional, including a 7-6 triumph over Ryan Borton of Muskego (25-13) in the title match.
"(Winning the sectional) was surprising to me, but coaches kept telling me I could do it," Alvarez said. "Coach believed in me, and that's pretty much what helped me."
Nelson said, "He stepped it up a notch and wrestled the way we knew he could. When he focuses on what he wants to accomplish, he can do it."
Alvarez opens state action with Ben Zbikowski of South Milwaukee (44-1).
Driessen (27-8) took second at 182 pounds, pinning his first foe, being pinned in the second round and rallying by winning two overtime decisions, the second over Andrew Buelow of West Allis Hale (33-12).
"To come back the hard way and to beat kids he lost to earlier this year shows true heart and dedication," Nelson said. "Nothing comes easily for Brandon, but he proved he's a winner."
Driessen faces Brock Allen of DeForest (30-1) in the opening state match.
Taking fourth for Central at the sectional were Mauricio Cardoso (132) and Chris Helm (152). Falling in the first round were Vicente Cardoso (126), Alexis Elvira (160), Robert Torres (220) and Laren Stadler (heavyweight).
The Bulldogs won the sectional with 1101/2points.
The West Allis Central wrestling team dropped a 35-31 decision to Mukwonago in a WIAA Division 1 team sectional meet on Feb. 18.
WINNERS: Chris Helm (160), 9-0 major decision; Jason Alvarez (170), pin in 3:06; Brandon Driessen (182), 7-6 decision; Robert Torres (220), 5-3 decision; Tyus White (106), pin in 5:29; Tere White (120), 4-3 decision; Mark Choinski (145), pin in 3:16.
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