With Pewaukee cruising to the team championship, the Woodland Conference wrestling meet became a fight for second place between Wauwatosa, New Berlin and Greenfield.
Wauwatosa was able to down New Berlin in the dual meet between the two teams, but the Eisenhower/West co-op took second place behind Pewaukee at the conference tournament with 192.5 points. With 187 points, Tosa held off Greenfield by one for third.
Tosa did not have an individual champion, but Andrew Radtke (113 pounds), Lathan Hay (126), Cole Acker (138), Brian Mahan (145), Lawrence Thomas (220) and Austin Ertl (285) all took second place in their respective weight classes.
"Our goal was to finish in the top two, so we came up a little short," Wauwatosa coach Kent Morin said. "We had great first and second rounds but really struggled the last round. We were really happy to put six guys in the finals, but we knew the matchups were going to be difficult."
Radtke had a bye in the quarterfinals before pinning Rece Czeniejewski of Pewaukee in 3 minutes, 56 seconds in the semifinals. He then fell, 8-2, to Michael Reyes of Greenfield in the championship match.
Hay also had a bye to the semifinals where he won, 6-3, over Sebastian Iverson of Whitnall/Greendale before losing, 8-2, in the finals to Max Andrade of Greenfield. After a 7-2 win over Isaiah Jasso of South Milwaukee in the semifinals, Acker dropped a 3-2 decision to Peter Katris of New Berlin in the championship.
"I was really happy (Radtke) made it to the finals," Morin said. "He is a kid that never stops working, and it was nice to see him get all-conference honors for his hard work.
"(Hay) had a nice match in the semis and wrestled solid in the finals. Katris really did a good job of controlling Acker's hands in the finals, which prevented Cole from getting into his offense."
Mahan earned a fall over Nicholas Lieske of Cudahy/St. Francis in 1 minute, 3 seconds and won a 4-1 decision over Julian Cagle of Whitnall/Greendale before losing an 11-0 major decision in the finals to Mike Baumann of New Berlin.
"He was our surprise finalist," Morin said. "He had two nice matches to get to the finals and then just was outmanned by Baumann. But I'm happy for Brian to get there, and I think this will boost his confidence for regionals."
Thomas pinned Donoven Acevedo in 43 seconds in his semifinal match but was pinned in 1 minute, 35 seconds by Pewaukee's Brandon Berg in the finals.
Ertl downed Zach Hansen of New Berlin by pin in 1 minute, 40 seconds in the semifinals but ran into Pewaukee's Blaze Beltran in the championship and was pinned in 2 minutes, 59 seconds.
"He didn't have a good match in the finals," Morin said of Thomas, who will be dropping to 195 for regionals. "Berg is really good, but we have to up our game for regionals and sectionals. I think (dropping weight classes) will really make a significant difference."
At 120 pounds, Adrian Coppage pinned Matt Roate of Whitnall/Greendale in the quarterfinals but lost, 1-0, to Jacob Duncan of Pewaukee in the semifinals. He wrestled back to take third with a pin of Jacob Reyes of New Berlin in 29 seconds and a 4-0 victory over Ariel Ramos of Pius XI in the third-place match.
"Coppage had a good day, but it could have been an outstanding day if he could have scored an escape in the third period of his semifinal match," Morin said.
Dayton Lewis (106), Griffin Granberry (132) and Van McNulty (182) took fourth place; Brandon Axelson (152) and Ian Carroll (195) placed fifth; and Rhetley Jones (170) came in sixth place.
Tosa will chase its sixth consecutive regional championship at the Brookfield Central Regional on Saturday, Feb. 11. Standing in the way will be New Berlin, which will enter the regional as the favorite after finishing ahead of Tosa at the Woodland Conference tournament.
"Overall, it was not a bad tournament but not up to our potential," Morin said. "Regionals will be a big test to see if we can correct some errors and step in up one notch."