Wauwatosa's wrestling team put forth a solid showing at its own Tom Janssen Invitational on Jan. 21 at Wauwatosa West High School.
Tosa went 3-2 in the dual-meet tournament to tie for second place with Wisconsin Lutheran and West Allis Hale. Badger won the team title with a 5-0 record.
"Overall, I thought we wrestled well," Wauwatosa coach Kent Morin said. "Badger was clearly the best team there, but the battle for second was intense. We beat Wisconsin Lutheran but lost to Hale. Hale beat us but lost to Wisconsin Lutheran. Wisconsin Lutheran lost to us but beat Hale.
"In the end I was happy with their effort level and feel like we are starting to put it together at the right time."
Tosa opened the tournament with a 53-24 win over Portage but then fell, 43-24, to Badger and lost, 36-27, to West Allis Hale. The co-op bounced back to record a 42-30 win over Manitowoc Lincoln and a 39-30 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran.
Dayton Lewis went 4-1 with four pins, while Cole Acker, Sam Barta, Lawrence Thomas also were 4-1. Andrew Radtke, Griffin Granberry, Brandon Axelson and Ian Carroll went 3-2, and Adrian Coppage and Dillon Busche were 2-1.
Tosa was without Austin Ertl, who was on a football recruiting trip to Wisconsin. That forced Jared Taylor and Lawrence Thomas to bump up weight classes to 220 and 285. Brian Mahan went down with an injury in his second match and was unable to continue. Busche filled in and won two of three matches, including the last match of the Wisconsin Lutheran dual that sealed a win for Tosa.
Cheenu Moua wrestled in place of Michael Pook, who was at the We the People competition.
"Those guys (that filled in) really showed the commitment to team that we currently have," Morin said. "Guys are willing to step up and do whatever is necessary for the team."
Radtke was trailing, 13-0, in his match against Manitowoc Lincoln before earning a pin with 50 seconds remaining. Axelson trailed, 7-0, against Wisconsin Lutheran but came back and earned a crucial fall.
"That was a huge turnaround in a dual meet that we knew would be really tight," Morin said of Axelson. "If he had lost a major decision in that match, we would have lost that dual."
Acker, who is honorable mention in the state rankings at 138 pounds, downed West Allis Hale's Marshall Rushton, 5-3. Rushton, also ranked honorable mention, beat Acker, 20-4, on Dec. 22.
"He has looked forward to this rematch for a month and was not going to be denied," Morin said.
Tosa had no trouble with Cudahy/St. Francis/St. Thomas More in a Woodland Conference dual meet on Jan. 18, winning eight of 10 matches wrestled in a 61-9 win.
Radtke began the dual with a 1-0 win over Sara Jankowski at 113 pounds. Coppage then won 10-2 by major decision over Troy Daub at 120 pounds before Wauwatosa began a run of three consecutive pins.
Granberry pinned Joe Mulvenna in 1 minute, 7 seconds at 132 pounds, Acker won by fall at 138 pounds in 1 minute, 48 seconds over Hunter Grisham-Roberts and Mahan earned his pin in 1 minute, 37 seconds over Nicholas Laske at 145 pounds.
At 160 pounds, Barta needed 1 minute, 38 seconds to pin Mason Heath.
Wauwatosa closed out the dual with Van McNulty pinning Jeysen Brown in 1 minute, 5 seconds at 182 pounds and Ian Carroll winning by fall over Justin Green in 35 seconds at 195 pounds.
Lathan Hay (126 pounds), Thomas (220) and Ertl (285) received forfeits for Wauwatosa.