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Wauwatosa's wrestling team recovered from dropping its first two duals at the Milwaukee Hamilton Duals to win eight consecutive matches to take third place behind Kenosha Tremper and West Allis Hale.

Tosa began the two-day event held Dec. 21 and 22 with a 40-27 loss to West Allis Hale and a 33-30 defeat at the hands of Kenosha Tremper.

"We opened with West Allis Hale and were very sluggish, losing three matches by one point," Wauwatosa coach Kent Morin said. "You can’t do that in a dual that you know is going to be close. If we win two out of those three matches, we win the dual.

"We then wrestled Kenosha Tremper, who ended up winning the tournament, and had a really strong dual that was decided by only three points. I was happy with how the guys bounced back from that first dual meet."

Wauwatosa didn't let the two defeats linger, as it rolled to eight wins to close the Hamilton Duals at 8-2.

The co-op downed Madison East (66-9), Marshall (54-21), Racine Horlick (50-18), Milwaukee Hamilton (72-6), Milwaukee Bradley Tech (71-6), JMAC (77-6), Milwaukee Riverside (72-12) and Milwaukee King.

"We were just too strong and balanced for any of the other teams to challenge us," Morin said. "But knowing that, I was still really impressed with how the guys didn’t look past anyone and really were aggressive for pins.  We ended up with 52 pins for us and only 14 against.  Whenever you can do that, good things are going to happen."

Lathan Hay and Austin Ertl each went 10-0 with five pins at the Hamilton Duals to win individual championships.

Dayton Lewis (9-1 with three pins), Adrian Coppage (8-2 with three pins), Griffin Granberry (8-2 with four pins), Cole Acker (8-2 with five pins) and Lawrence Thomas (9-1 with six pins) all earned silver medals.

Andrew Radtke (7-3 with three pins), Brian Mahan (7-3 with three pins), Brandon Axelson (7-3 with three pins), Sam Barta (7-3 with five pins) and Jared Taylor (7-3 with three pins) were bronze medalists. Van McNulty went 3-1 on the first day but was unable to participate on the second day of the duals due to an illness.

Wauwatosa will wrestle next in a Woodland Conference dual meet against Greenfield at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Wauwatosa West High School.

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