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Wauwatosa's wrestling team finished third and had two champions at the Woodland Conference Tournament on Feb. 6 at Tosa West.

Justin Folley and Zach Millers won gold medals and Lorry Venturi, Lawrence Thomas and Jordan Boettcher all were second-place finishers.

Greenfield and Pewaukee scored 238 points to tie for first, while Tosa (WEW) was third with 206.5 points.

'Overall, we had a solid day given we were without Norberto Pliego and Nathan Linden, after his first match, to injuries,' Tosa coach Kent Morin said. 'We will focus now on winning the regional tournament and then the team sectional dual on Feb. 16 for the chance to go to the Team State Tournament. We will focus on getting healthy and mentally ready to go.'

Folley (10-0) was first at 132 (25.50 team points). After receiving a bye in the quarterfinal, Folley pinned New Berlin's Peter Katris (7-3) in 4:41 in the semifinals and then defeated Greenfield's Mateo Arteaga (4-3) on a technical fall (4:00, 19-3).

Miller (9-0) won at 145 (26 team points) pinning three opponents on way to title. He won by fall (2:56) over Whitnall/Greendale's Julian Cagle (0-2) in the quarterfinal. Then he pinned New Berlin's Mike White (7-3) in 5:13 in the semifinals and finally won by fall (2:57) over Greenfield's Kevin Pollack (8-2 to win the title.

'I was really happy for Justin Folley and Zach Miller,' Morin said. 'They both deserved to go out as conference champs their senior years. Justin just dominated on the day. He has recovered from his injury at the Janssen Tournament and is now ready to finish the year strong.

'Zach Miller not only won his second conference championship but also won his 100th career victory. He is only the 10th person in Tosa history to accomplish this feat. He really looked strong in finishing the day with three pins. I'm looking forward to watching him make a run at the state tournament.'

Venturi (7-1) placed second at 285 (20 team points). After receiving a bye in the first round, Venturi pinned (2:00) Whitnall/Greendale's Chase Kendall (6-4) in the semifinals, but had a forfeit loss to Pewaukee's Blaze Beltran (10-0).

'Lorry Venturi returned after a couple-week injury,' Morin pointed out. 'He had a nice win in the semis against a good Whitnall wrestler and then we forfeited the finals to rest his injury and make sure that he is 100 percent for the regional tournament.'

Thomas (8-2) placed second (18 team points). He pinned (1:37) Cudahy/St. Francis/Thomas More's Jeysen Brown (0-4) in the quarterfinals and won by an 8-4 decision over South Milwaukee's Dakota Scott in the semifinals. But in the title match, Pewaukee's Austin Shibilski (10-0) won by a 5-3 decision.

'Lawrence Thomas had a good day,' Morin said. 'He is starting to peak at the right time. He had a strong match in the finals and just came up one takedown short. He is another one that I am looking forward to see him finish out the year strong.'

Boettcher (9-1) placed second at 152 (17 team points). He won by a 16-9 decision over Pewaukee's Josh Keskinen (0-6) in the quarterfinals and then won by a major decision (13-5) over South Milwaukee's Antonio Castillo (4-7) in the semifinals. But in the title match, Greenfield's Tre'Vaughn Craig (10-0) shut him out with a 6-0 decision.

'Jordan Boettcher had a tough match in the final against one of the best wrestlers in the state at his weight,' Morin said. 'He just had trouble getting his offense going. But hopefully this is the type of match that can help him as he approaches tournament time.'

WEW had three third-place finishes — Sam Kratochvil (6-5) at 220 (18 team points), Darnell Granberry (4-4) at 170 (14 team points) and Andrew Radtke (7-4) at 106 (13 team points).

'Sam Kratochvil had a good third-place win,' Morin said. 'He came back to record his second pin of the day. It took some nice mental toughness to come back from his semifinal loss.

'Andrew Radtke did a great job in his wrestle-back matches,' Morin said. 'He won a tough match in overtime against South Milwaukee and then beat Jacob Baker from Pewaukee in the third-place match. Baker had beat him twice earlier this year. I love his attitude and willingness to wrestle as hard as he can for the entire match. It has paid off with several victories that have turned in the last 30 seconds of his matches.'

Three wrestlers also finished fourth — Griffin Granberry (6-4) at 113 (13 team points), Brandon Axelson (4-4) at 138 (13 team points) and Lathan Hay (5-3) at 120 (12 team points).

Cole Acker (6-4) was fifth at 126 (11 team points), Jared Taylor (1-3) took sixth at 182 (4 team points) and Nathan Linden (1-4) was sixth at 160 (3 team points).

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'We had a decent day,' Morin said. 'We had some guys outperform their seeds, but unfortunately a couple finished below their seed. We wrestled better as a team but not as well as we need to wrestle next week at Regionals.'

On Saturday at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, Tosa will be joined at the Nicolet Regional by Marquette, Milwaukee King, Milwaukee Riverside University, Milwaukee Washington/Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, Pius XI, Whitefish Bay and Nicolet.

Woodland Results

Feb. 6, Tosa West