Rockets pin loss on Wauwatosa wrestlers
Only Minucci, Reagan come away with pins for Tosa
South Milwaukee pinned a heartbreaking 34-33 loss on Wauwatosa East/West's wrestling team Dec. 11 and it's the lack of pins that cost coach Kent Morin's team a victory.
"We knew the dual was going to be very close. We had talked a lot about how the meet was going to come down to add-on points. We needed to get pins vs. just decisions for the extra team points.
"AJ Minucci and Ben Reagan did a great job of getting pins while Kai Castaneda and Dylan Christman added the equivalent of pin points with forfeits. Other than that we just weren't able to get those critical additional team points."
Minucci at 138 (1:09) and Reagan at 145 (2:15) earned points with their pins, while decisions were turned in by Sean McDuffie (8-4), Zach Miller (4-2) and Marcus Morrow (6-5).
"Special note that some big performances were turned in even in defeat," Morin said. "Jordan Boettcher was willing to bump up two weight classes to try and help the team fill a lineup opening.
"New to the varsity lineup were Carlton Ndon who wrestled a good match in only losing 7-3 and Noberto Pliego who put up a great fight before losing to Tom Mitchell, South Milwaukee's best wrestler and two-time state qualifier.
"They both have only been wrestling for four weeks but gave us a great effort and will both just continue to get better as the season goes on. It also was nice to have Marcus Morrow back in the lineup after having to sit out the first two contests because of an injury from the football season."
This weekend is the tough 19-team E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central on Friday and Saturday. It is generally considered the toughest tournament in Southeastern Wisconsin.
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