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Wauwatosa defeated Whitnall/Greendale, 40-22, on Jan. 13 at Whitnall to start the week and then finished fourth at the Cutler Classic in New London on Jan. 16.

Lawrence Thomas at 195 had the only pin (2:32), while Tosa had three technical fall wins.

Justin Folley at 132 won on a technical fall (19-1), as did Jordan Boettcher at 160 (27-9) and Seth Abad at 170 (18-3).

Zach Miller at 145 won a major decision (10-2), and Norberto Pliego at 182 won an 8-2 decision.

Winning by forfeit were Lorry Venturi at 285 and Griffin Granberry at 113.

Cutler Classic

'We finished fourth, which was decent given we were down two weight classes with no entry at 120 and 170,' Morin said. 'We also pulled Griffin Granberry and Lorry Venturi partway through the tournament due to injuries.'

Granberry (15-6) placed fourth at 113 (16 team points), and Venturi (21-11) placed sixth at 285 (11 team points).

'We went 6-2 in the final placement round, which is an excellent finish,' Morin added. 'That last round, everyone is tired and sore, so to go 6-2 was a nice achievement.

The highlight of the tournament was coming home with two champions in Folley (30-0, 31.50 team points) and Boettcher (26-4, 25 team points).

'Justin was dominant once again and was voted the Most Valuable Wrestler by the coaches,' Morin said. 'This is the second time he has won this award this year, having also done it at Cedar Grove. He dominated in the semis and finals against some really good wrestlers.

'He might have had the deepest weight class for talent, but you would never know it by how easily he cruised through it.'

Folley had a bye and then won by a fall (0:16) in the quarterfinal, won by a major decision (13-2) in the semifinal and then won by fall over Logan Bernhardt (23-4) of Waupaca (1:27).

'Boettcher also had an outstanding day,' Morin said. 'He had a great semi match against (Princeton's Terry) Myadze, who was 22-4 at the time. Then he had (Coleman's Jordan) Blanchard in the finals, who is ranked No. 2 in the state right now and took fourth in state last year.'

Boettcher received a bye and then won a major decision (17-5) and decisions over Myadze (7-2) in the semis and Blanchard (4-2) in the finals.

'Jordan scored two takedowns in the third period to earn his 4-2 victory in the title match,' Morin said. 'He wrestled a really smart match and was explosive on his feet when he needed to be. He did a terrific job of riding once he scored his takedowns, which is an area he has really been working on.'

Zach Miller (18-5) was also impressive, placing second at 138 (20 team points).

He received a bye, won two decisions (8-1, 4-3) and then lost to Kyle Schwartz of Oshkosh North (22-5) 10-7 in the title match.

'He also had a good tournament,' Morin said. 'He won in the semis with a takedown in the last 10 seconds over eighth-ranked Bryce Karban. Zach always wrestles with confidence and has really great mat awareness. He is able to capitalize on situations that most wrestlers aren't able to because his wrestling IQ is so high.'

Also placing and scoring double figures in team points were Sam Kratochvil (21-11), who placed fourth at 220 (13); Thomas (23-9) in fifth at 195 (12 team points) and Cole Acker (13-7) in fifth at 126 (10).

'Sam Kratochvil bounced out of a rut that he has been in for the past couple matches and now needs to build on that,' Morin said. 'Griffin Granberry also took fourth. He also had a nice 8-6 wrestleback match where he had to fight through an elbow injury. I think he showed himself that he can fight through some adversity, which is a skill he will need later in the year.

'Cole Acker and Lawrence Thomas both took fifth and wrestled well. They had to battle back the hard way through the wrestleback route, but they were both up to the challenge.'

Others who placed and scored were Andrew Radtke (20-12) in seventh at 106 (7), Norberto Pliego (21-10) in seventh at 182 (5) and Van McNulty (1-3) at 160 (2).

Up next

Tosa hosted South Milwaukee on Jan. 20 and hosts the Tom Janssen Invite at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Then the local grapplers host Pewaukee at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, for Senior Night.