Wauwatosa's wrestling team knew it faced an uphill climb in a WIAA Division 1 team sectional against Waterford, as the Wolverines, ranked No. 10 in the state as a team, had eight members of their lineup in the state rankings.
Proving too much for Wauwatosa to handle, Waterford won 10 of 14 matches to advance to the WIAA state team tournament with a 54-19 win on Feb. 14 at Mukwonago High School. It marks the sixth consecutive season Wauwatosa has lost in the team sectional after winning a regional championship.
Waterford recorded five pins and a technical fall over the first six matches to take a commanding 35-0 lead.
Lawrence Thomas got Wauwatosa on the board with a 15-3 major decision over Boyd Biggs at 220 pounds. At 106 pounds, Dayton Lewis pinned Josh Deboth in 5 minutes, 40 seconds.
Lathan Hay won by pin over Nick Goldammer in 3 minutes, 31 seconds at 126 pounds. Also winning for Wauwatosa was Griffin Granberry, who earned a 7-4 decision over Zack Kaminski at 132 pounds.
Cole Acker battled at 138 pounds but dropped a 7-5 decision to Anthony Christenson.
Seven of Waterford's 10 wins came by pin to go along with a tech fall and a major decision. Wauwatosa will see Waterford again at the WIAA individual sectional at West Allis Central on Saturday, Feb. 18. The top two finishers in each weight class will advance through to the state individual tournament.