At the midway point of the season, the Whitnall wrestling team is looking stronger.
The Falcons claimed the championship of the Whitewater Invitational on Saturday, winning three of four duals and then prevailing on a tie-breaker.
That was their second tourney crown in eight days, as Whitnall also won the Trocat Scramble Jan. 4 at Green Bay West.
In between, the Falcons routed a solid Greendale team 51-21 on Jan. 8 in a Woodland Conference dual.
Whitnall wins tiebreaker
At Whitewater, Whitnall downed Brodhead-Juda, Big Foot and the host school while falling to Waukesha South. Brodhead-Juda defeated South, leaving three teams at 3-1.
The tiebreaker for the championship was the total number of team points scored in the four duals, and Whitnall won that with a 21-point margin.
"We saw a couple of really good teams," co-head coach John Quinlan said, "and we did pretty well against them. We won the tournament by the way we bounced back after the Waukesha South loss and outscored South by 21 points against the other two teams."
In the opening dual, Whitnall fell behind Brodhead-Juda 27-3 before rallying. The Falcons won all weights between 113 and 145 pounds to take a three-point lead into the final match, then Ryan Olson secured the victory with a first-period pin.
The Falcons then fell 36-26 to South despite splitting 14 matches. The top matchup pitted Dylan Kellner against state-ranked Jose Calderon at 132 pounds. The two bumped their heads together during a takedown, leaving Kellner dazed. He recovered but lost a tough 8-5 decision.
Winning for Whitnall were Ethan Harycki, Nick Scarcello, Anthony Senthavisouk, Blake Leslie, Nick Monty, Olson and Michael Langenohl.
Whitnall routed Whitewater 57-15 as Ryan Keierleber posted a pin in 56 seconds, then toppled Big Foot 63-18 as Harycki overcame a 60-pound disadvantage to his opponent and pinned in 2 minutes, 52 seconds.
A number of personal milestones were set during the day.
Co-head coach Craig Austin posted his 200th coaching victory, while Leslie, Monty, Harycki, Langenohl and Kellner all reached 20 victories for the season, joining Senthavisouk at that level.
The Falcons improved to 14-4 for duals on the season.
At Green Bay West on Jan. 4, the Falcons tallied 259 1/2points to top Peshtigo with 240 1/2and Mishicot with 206 points.
Senthavisouk (113), Olson (170) and Monty (145) all posted five victories and won their weight classes. Senthavisouk went over the 100-victory mark for his career and now stands at 25-2 for the season.
Langenohl (195) and Harycki (220) both went 4-1 for the day and finished second. Brian Corbins went 4-1 and Joe Price 3-2, both at 126 pounds, as Price took second place.
Kellner went 4-1 at 132 and took third place, while Leslie claimed third at 138 pounds and Ethan Latus posted three victories at 120 pounds and took fifth.
Jon Homontowski was sixth at 160, Peter Moore sixth at 152, Scarcello sixth at 106 and Cysco Rodriguez seventh at 182.
Jason Besler competed on a non-points basis and posted three pins.
Falcons rout Panthers
Whitnall downed Greendale 51-21 in the Jan. 8 dual, winning five matches. Greendale won four but forfeited five weight classes.
Monty pinned state-ranked Eric Martinson in 1:46 at 145 pounds and Olson notched a pin in 3:02. Other winners were Senthavisouk (6-5), Leslie (4-3) and Langenohl (8-3).
The Falcons next welcome Wauwatosa at 7 p.m. today for another Woodland dual.
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