Bouncing back from a difficult loss the week prior, the Wauwatosa wrestling team earned a 42-22 dual meet victory over South Milwaukee on Dec. 8 and took eighth place at the Tom Burns Memorial Invitational on Dec. 10 at Marquette University High School.
The dual with the Rockets was much closer than the final score indicated, as Wauwatosa picked up three forfeits that gave it separation.
"It was a really a close match against a high-level opponent," Wauwatosa coach Kent Morin said. "The team was a little lethargic during this dual. That wasn’t totally unexpected given most of them wrestled five matches the previous Saturday. That we were able to grind it out was a good sign."
Lawrence Thomas downed Ty Spatholz by pin in 1 minute 10 seconds at 220 pounds, and Michael Pook pinned Nathan Rodriguez in 1:22 at 152 pounds.
Austin Ertl picked up a 6-1 win by decision over Cortez McLoyd at 285 pounds.
"I was especially impressed with Pook as he seemed to really find himself last week at the Slinger Tournament," Morin said. "He is wrestling a lot more aggressive and just plain tougher. Austin Ertl had a nice match, winning 6-1. Austin is new to wrestling this year, so he is still trying to figure things out. It was great that he was able to just grind out a nice match."
Adrian Coppage won 5-0 over Eric Davis at 120 pounds, Griffin Granberry won 9-2 against Eli Heller at 132 pounds and Cole Acker grabbed an 8-1 win over Isaiah Jasso at 138 pounds.
"Coppage, Granberry and Acker all added nice wins," Morin said. "All three were aggressive, getting the first takedown and then staying in control from there.
"One person who wrestled well in defeat was Jared Taylor, who lost 7-1 to returning state qualifier, Adam Jones. It really was a 2-point match. Jared took the match to him and was just unable to hit his takedown."
Tom Burns Memorial
With mostly a varsity reserve lineup, Wauwatosa took eighth place at the Tom Burns Memorial on Dec. 10 with 97 points, finishing one point behind seventh-place Martin Luther.
Thomas and Ertl were the lone varsity starters to take part in the tournament.
"We went 24-29 against varsity competition, so we were really happy to gain such good varsity experience for our reserves," Morin said. "This should help these guys as they strive to break the varsity lineup this year and next."
Thomas won the tournament championship at 220 pounds by going 4-0 with four pins, earning falls over Pewaukee's Josh Keskinen in 2:28, teammate Ian Carroll in in 2:40, Montello's Taylor Fox in 3:53 and Greenfield's Deven Guibord in 13 seconds.
Carroll took third place at 220 pounds with a 2-2 record, pinning West Bend East's Tyler Stadelmayer and Fox both in 2:41.
Ertl went 2-3 with a pin to take fifth at 285 pounds, and Ben Acker was 3-2 with three pins at 113 pounds to come in sixth place
Wauwatosa was scheduled to wrestle reigning conference champion Pewaukee on Wednesday, Dec. 14, before taking part in the two-day Ed Stech Invitational at West Allis Central on Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17.