Playing their final home dual meet, the Wauwatosa East/West co-op wrestling team could have had a better ending for Senior Night on Jan. 27.
With a chance to win the Woodland Conference on the line against Pewaukee, Tosa dropped a 51-19 decision.
'It was a tough night,' coach Kent Morin said. 'We lost the coin flip that determines what team has to send their wrestler at a weight class. This cost us two matches that we would have won otherwise. But the bottom line is we had too many guys get pinned to win a big meet like this one.'
Winning by pins were Justin Folley at 132 (0:32) and Zach Miller at 145 (1:03).
Winning a major decision was Jordan Boettcher at 152 (20-8), and winning by a decision was Darnell Granberry at 170 (9-3).
Boettcher had a strong match, scoring nine takedowns to earn his major decision and the 100th win of his career. He becomes only the ninth wrestler in Tosa history to accomplish this feat.
'I was really happy for him to be able to accomplish this milestone on senior night,' Morin said.
'Granberry had a strong match and is another senior that came through big,' he added. 'He came out and took his opponent down and put him on his back in the first period for a 5-0 lead. He then didn't let up and won a strong 9-3 victory.'
Despite their losses, Morin was also happy with Cole Acker and Lawrence Thomas.
'They both lost but put forth a terrific effort,' he said. 'I look forward to the two of them getting a rematch against these opponents in 10 days at the individual conference tournament.'
Pewaukee is currently ranked 10th in the state.
'They frankly just outwrestled us,' Morin said. 'We will go back to the practice room and try and fix a few things in time for the conference tournament on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Tosa will lose the following 13 seniors to graduation: Colin Bertz, Boettcher, Marvin Britt, James Canady, Folley, Zewdei Gebremedhin, Darnell Granberry, Sam Kratochvil, Miller, Norberto Pliego, Lorry Venturi, Morgan McDuffie and Ashley Wurster.