West Allis Central wrestling team looks strong on mats again
Bulldogs third in East Troy Duals
Behind one WIAA Division 1 state qualifier and others with strong state potential, the West Allis Central wrestling team should be a force again this season.
The Bulldogs' lineup is led by senior Mark Choinski at 145 pounds. Choinski qualified for the state meet last season.
Head coach Jon Nelson said Choinski has state podium (top six) potential this season, along with sophomore Tyus White at 106 and junior Tere White at 120.
He said three other wrestlers have state potential: sophomore Mauricio Cardoso at 132, sophomore Marc-Anthony Schnepp at 138 and senior Jason Alvarez at 182.
Another strong contender is senior Chris Helm, who is at 160 pounds now and projects to 152 at the end of the season. Helm topped state qualifier Tyler Dorfner of Greenfield in a dual on Dec. 2.
Others in the lineup are sophomore Angel Navejar (113), junior Vicente Cardoso (126), sophomore Hunter Dziewik (152), junior Brandon Driessen (170), senior Bobby Reyes (195), junior Robert Torres (220) and sophomore Laren Stadler (heavyweight).
"We have a little over 40 wrestlers, and the strong program tradition is carrying on," Nelson said. "We focus on the team first, and everyone is in it to help the guys next to them."
Nelson has a unique bonding activity going, as the team plays water polo every Friday night.
Central finished third at the Tom Manley Duals Saturday in East Troy, going 3-2.
The Bulldogs won their first three duals, beating Green Bay West 49-16, Union Grove 53-20 and East Troy 39-35.
Central then lost the semifinal to Whitnall 49-30 and the championship match to Harvard High School of Illinois 56-20. Harvard won the meet with a 5-0 mark.
Going 4-1 on the day were White at 106 with two pins, Choinski at 145 and 152 with two pins, Helm at 160 and 170 with one pin and Alvarez at 182 and 195 with three pins. Navejar went 3-1 at 113 pounds with one pin.
The Bulldogs topped Brookfield East 70-12 on Dec. 5 with pins from Vicente Cardoso (126) and Schnepp (138).
Central downed Greenfield 40-25 in a dual on Dec. 2 with victories from Schnepp at 145 (pin in 1 minute, 26 seconds), Helm at 170 (8-7 decision over Dorfner), Driessen at 182 (6-3), Alvarez at 195 (14-5), Reyes at 220 (9-6), Torres at heavyweight (8-2), Navejar at 113 (pin in 35 seconds), Vicente Cardoso at 126 (pin in 5:52) and Mauricio Cardoso at 132 (pin in 4:44).
Key GMC duals
Nelson believes the Greater Metro Conference dual championship may be decided before the holiday break, as Central visits West Allis Hale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Menomonee Falls on Dec. 18.
"In my opinion, those (Central, Hale and Falls) are the top three in the conference, hands down," the coach said.
After the Falls dual comes the annual E.H. Stech Invitational on Dec. 20 to 21, and Nelson feels the Bulldogs will finish in the top three in that meet this season.
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