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Tosa wrestlers bring home three champions

Reagan, Miller, Minucci take crowns at invite

Wauwatosa’s Zach Miller was one of three local champions at the Campbellsport Cougars Invitational on Saturday. Ben Reagan and AJ Manucci also brought home individual crowns.

Wauwatosa’s Zach Miller was one of three local champions at the Campbellsport Cougars Invitational on Saturday. Ben Reagan and AJ Manucci also brought home individual crowns. Photo By Jill Morin

Dec. 10, 2013

The Wauwatosa wrestling team finished fourth on Saturday in an invitational after beginning the week blowing away two young teams in their opener in a three-match dual on Dec. 5 to begin the year.

"We finished fourth in a pretty tough 11-team tourney," veteran coach Kent Morin said of the Campbellsport Cougar Invitational on Saturday. "Our goal was to be in the top three so we fell a little short. But we crowned three champs which was outstanding."

Sauk Prairie won the 11-team event with 214.5 points, followed by Sheboygan South (164), Marshfield (161) and Wauwatosa (126.5).

Ben Reagan (4-1) placed first at 138 pounds by dominating his weight class on Saturday. He had a 15-0 technical fall in his opening match and then pinned his foes in the semifinals and finals.

"All of his hard work this past offseason is paying off," Morin said. "As long as he continues to control matches and wrestle aggressively, the sky is the limit for Ben."

Zach Miller (5-0) defeated Eddie Smith from Sauk Prairie in the 126-pound finals. Smith took sixth at state last year.

"That was an outstanding match and a solid win for Zach," Morin said. "Zach does such a good job of always maintaining good position. He is always in a position to take advantage of his opponent's mistakes when they make them.

"He also never takes a break during matches which allows him to score when other guys take a break. He has picked up right where he left off last year when he took sixth at state."

AJ Minucci (5-0) placed first at 132.

"He had a great day, beating Taylor Choinski, a state qualifier in the semis," Morin said. "He then defeated a good Mayville wrestler in the finals. Both matches he was in control the entire time.

"He has operated below the radar for a while but now it is just a matter of time before people start realizing he is one of the better wrestlers in our area."

Kai Castaneda (4-1) placed second at 120 pounds.

"He ran into a really solid wrestler from Sauk Prairie in the finals who just caught him in a couple whip-over moves," Morin said. "That one move was the difference in the match."

Sean McDuffie (4-1) placed third at 113 pounds.

"Sean did a nice job," Morin said. "He hit two really nice lateral drops on his opponent before finally pinning him. His confidence just continues to grow."

Lorry Venturi took fourth, Jordan Boettcher fifth and Sam Kratochvil sixth to round out Tosa's scoring.

"To finish higher in upcoming tournaments, we are going to have to get more scoring out of all of our wrestlers," Morin said. "We just had too many guys who didn't score us any points. That will come as they gain more experience."

Tosa swept both Pius XI (60-21) and Cudahy/St. Francis (66-10) on Dec. 4 in an earlier three-team dual match.

"Both of those teams are in rebuilding stages," Morin said. "Cudahy only wrestled six guys. Pius wrestled nine guys out of the 14 weights.

"It was an OK opening meet for our guys. We wrestled pretty well and were able to identify some areas that we need to improve on. Our young guys will definitely get better as they gain experience."

Earning pins for Tosa against the Popes were Elliott Rogahn, Venturi, Zach Miller, Boettcher and Matt Miller. Earning pins against the Packers/Mariners was Reagan.

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