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Coach Kent Morin's Wauwatosa wrestlers crushed South Milwaukee, 62-6, on Jan. 20 at Tosa West to begin the week and then finished third at the Tom Janssen Tournament on Saturday.

Tosa had four pins, four decisions, three forfeits and two major decisions among their 13 victories.

The four pins came from Nathan Linden at 160 (0:39), Lawrence Thomas at 195 (1:27), Lathan Hay at 120 (1:47) and Justin Folley at 138 (1:50).

The four decisions were Darnell Granberry at 170 (15-13), Andrew Radtke at 106 (3-1), Cole Acker at 126 (5-3) and Jordan Boettcher at 152 (16-10).

The two wrestlers who won on forfeits were Norberto Pliego at 182, Sam Kratochvil at 220 and Eduardo Pliego at 132.

Major decision winners were Griffin Granberry at 113 (9-1) and Zach Miller at 145 (12-1).

'This is the best we have wrestled this year as a total team,' Morin said. 'We just outbattled them in several close matches. I loved our attitude going into it and our toughness during the meet. Our aggressiveness really helped set the tone. We scored the first takedown in nine out of 10 matches. When you do that good, things are going to happen.'

Janssen finish

Tosa finished third at its own Tom Janssen Tournament on Jan. 23 at Tosa West, as Wisconsin Lutheran finished first, Badger second, Manitowoc fourth and Kiel fifth.

Tosa beat Kiel, 78-5, but then lost to Wisconsin Lutheran, 54-19, and Lake Geneva Badger, 48-25. They then defeated Manitowoc Lincoln, 64-18, and West Allis Hale, 47-28.

Boettcher (32-4) was the only unbeaten wrestler (5-0), while Griffin Granberry, Folley and Sam Kratochvil were all 4-1.

Boettcher had three major decisions and one pin on the day to earn his gold medal. He is ranked honorable mention in the state rankings.

'His takedowns were really strong,' Morin said. 'He is closing in on the all-time takedown total for a season and career. Takedowns are definitely his strength, but his riding is also improving.'

Folley loses

Folley lost his first match of the year to Payton Mocco of West Allis Hale, who took fourth in state last year.

'It was a really good match with the score being 10-9 Mocco, when Justin got caught on a takedown that took him to his back, and Mocco earned the pin in 4:38,' Morin said. 'A great win for Mocco and a chance for Justin to refocus. Mocco earned Most Valuable Wrestler.'

Acker, Linden and Thomas were 3-1, and Miller, Seth Abad and Norberto Pliego finished 2-1.

The other big day was turned in by Thomas, who pinned in all three of his wins.

'Two of them, he came from behind against very good wrestlers to earn the victory,' Morin said. 'He beat Reggie Kelly from Badger who was 28-4 going into the match and German Fitzgerald from Wisco who was 26-5 going into the match.

'Lawrence just never gives up on a match regardless of the score. He is really a dangerous wrestler because of his big move capabilities. He was losing to Kelly, 8-1, and 4-2 to Fitzgerald when he earned his pins. He improves to 26-10.'

Rounding out the lineup were James Canady (3-2), Michael Pook (1-1), Darnell Granberry (2-2), Adrian Coppage (2-3), Radtke (1-4), Brandon Axelson (1-3) and Sam Barta (0-2).