Whitnall wrestling team bounces back, takes second in invite
Falcons post four unbeaten records
A quartet of Whitnall wrestlers notched perfect records to help the Falcons take second place at the Tom Manley Duals Saturday in East Troy.
Finishing 5-0 were Brian Corbins at 126 pounds, Dylan Kellner at 132 and 138 pounds and Blake Leslie at 138 and 145 pounds. In addition, Joe Price was 3-0 at 132 and 138 pounds.
Leslie posted three pins, including one in 13 seconds, plus a major decision and forfeit victory. Kellner collected three pins, a technical fall and a forfeit, while Corbins had three pins and two decisions.
Corbins, a freshman, is the only Falcon who went unbeaten in six matches last week.
"Corbins is a freshman with a lot of talent," head coach John Quinlan said. "Blake and Dylan both bounced back from being disappointed (a dual loss to Pewaukee on Dec. 4).
"Dylan learned a lot that night and spent time going over tape of his match. He learned to go up tempo and dictate the pace of the match. Blake competed at a couple of different weights and did a good job of finishing guys."
Going 4-1 on the day were Anthony Senthavisouk at 113 pounds and Michael Langenohl at 182 pounds. Senthavisouk, who qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state tournament last season, dropped an 8-6 decision to an Illinois state champion.
Nick Monty (145 and 152) attended a funeral in the morning, then returned to East Troy and won three of four matches.
Nick Scarcello (106) and Ethan Harycki (220) each went 3-2. Ty Rabideaux (170) sustained a shoulder injury in his second match and forfeited but posted a 47-second pin in the final match of the day.
Ethan Latus (120) lost three matches but recovered to notch his first two victories of the season with pins.
The Falcons began the day with a 47-27 triumph over Kenosha Indian Trail, then downed Cudahy 56-9. They lost to tournament champion Harvard (Ill.) 46-20 and downed West Allis Central 49-30. Whitnall finished with a 54-27 victory over Union Grove.
Quinlan said Jon Homontowski (160 and 170) earned a pin at the start of the match against Central which set the tone for the dual.
"Jon did really well and Ethan got up off his back for a pin," the coach said. "It's always nice to beat a team of the quality of Central."
Quinlan said the Falcons fared much better than in their opener, a 48-14 dual loss to Pewaukee on Dec. 4.
"Three days made a lot of difference," he said. "We wrestled a lot better. We learned from our mistakes and were definitely more physical."
Winners against Pewaukee were Langenohl, who won a 5-4 decision in four overtimes; Senthavisouk with a 17-2 technical fall, Corbins with a 3-2 decision and Monty with a 7-4 victory.
"Monty and Corbins did a nice job," Quinlan said. "We lost a couple of close ones. The final score isn't indicative of the difference between the two teams. We knew going in that we'd be giving up 18 to 24 points in pins, but the team wrestled pretty hard."
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