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After making the state individual tournament for the second straight season, Wauwatosa junior Lawrence Thomas was named as the program's Most Valuable Wrestler.

Tosa wrestling finished second place in the Woodland Conference during dual-meet season and took third at the conference tournament before winning a regional championship for the sixth consecutive year.

In addition to Thomas, junior Cole Acker and freshman Dayton Lewis also qualified for the state individual tournament.

"I'm happy with the accomplishments of this team this year given how inexperienced we were," Wauwatosa coach Kent Morin said. "To win a sixth regional championship in a row along with our conference runner-up finish in duals were really nice accomplishments."

Acker won the Coaches’ Dedication Award along with Regan Dodd. Austin Ertl and Rhetley Jones were honored as the Most Improved Wrestlers, Brandon Axelson earned the Gordon Nieskes Memorial Scholarship, and Adrian Coppage received the Tosa Wrestling Club Academic Scholarship.

Coppage was also a Woodland Conference Scholar Athlete and a four-year varsity letter winner with Axelson.

Thomas finished 37-9, losing his opening match at state at 195 pounds in a 14-5 major decision to Joe Leonhardt (42-9) of West Bend West. Acker lost to wrestlers that placed at 132 pounds and concluded his season at 36-13, while Acker went 0-2 at state to end his rookie campaign at 32-16.

While Tosa's three state qualifiers went winless at the state individual tournament, and the team lost 54-19 to Waterford in its sectional dual, the co-op will have Thomas, Acker and Lewis to anchor its lineup as it moves into the Greater Metro Conference next year. Tosa will return 13 of 14 wrestlers who competed at sectionals, including sectional qualifiers in Thomas, Acker, Lewis, Andrew Radtke, Lathan Hay, Griffin Granberry, Van McNulty and Ertl.

"To send three underclassmen to the state tournament was a great sign of what we can do next year," Morin said. "I think the three of them will provide the leadership that we need to make a nice transition to the Greater Metro Conference."

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