Germantown's Danny Krause looked none the worse for the wear after his intense, physical 11-6 win over fellow 2011 WIAA state qualifier Rashadeem Gray of Whitefish Bay in the Warhawk wrestling team's 49-24 triumph over the Blue Dukes in a North Shore dual Thursday night.
The senior 160-pounder got an ice pack from the Bay trainer after the match, which had to be stopped twice for injuries Krause suffered after frantic exchanges with the junior Gray, but he was smiling and chatting with his teammates nontheless.
Germantown coach Casey Gabrielson was not surprised that his senior leader bounced back the way he did.
"He could have said 'No' after the second time (a slam move by Gray that resulted in a penalty point that could have defaulted the match to Krause), but he wanted to battle through things," said Gabrielson. "I just asked him 'Where do we win our matches?' and he said 'We win them on the mat.'"
"And that's what he did. He didn't let the emotion of the match get in the way here. I was very proud of him. He said 'I'm a captain' and he proved it."
The meet was the North Shore opener for both teams. Bay coach Dale Loebel, whose team has improved numbers (between 30 and 35) but few upper weights, saw his team forfeit five classes to its rival this night.
"That was just a great match (at 160)," said Loebel. "There was no way Rash (Gray) was trying to hurt Danny, but we're going to go toe-toe with people this winter and we're not going to apologize for it. We love matches like that. The only way we're going to get better is by wrestling the Danny Krauses of the world."
In that match, Krause got the upperhand with a second period nearfall, but after the first injury delay, Gray came back hard and closed the gap to 6-4 with a pair of takedowns. The slam move came a short time later and after a four-minute delay, where Krause was treated for an apparent back injury.
Gray got the score to 8-6 in the third period but Krause was able to get a late takedown to pull out the victory.
"By far the match of the night," said Lobel. "We'll learn from it."
Germantown, which was able to fill all 14 weight classes (they have been modified this season by the national federation to accomodate more larger athletes) got other wins from juniors Brandon Goesch at 126 pounds (pin 3:13), Tyler Palzkill at 145 (12-4 major decision), and Tyler Baran at 170 (pin 4:20).
Accepting forfeits were sophomore Josh Butz at 113, junior Luke Duncan at 182, senior Mike Knippen at 195, junior Joe Zizzo at 220 and by sophomore Hunter Higginbotham at 285.
"A lot of the guys are not at their ideal weights," said Gabrielsen. "It seems right now that now we have about 10 145-pounders (laughs), but in about two weeks we'll have things shaken out and our real team on the mat."
Bay picked up victories from junior Max Carlin at 106 (pin 1:49), junior Joey Davey at 120 (10-6 decision), junior Joe Mahler at 132 (pin 1:42), sophomore Ben Lehrmann at 138 (pin 0:40), and by senior Zach Richards at 152 (6-5 decision).
Loebel said that he has a "great wrestling room right now" for practice but notes that his team is hampered by the fact that he doesn't have a person out who weighs over 195 pounds.
"And I've been looking for them," he said, noting that returning 220-pounder Kelly Jackson will be out for the year with a shoulder injury suffered in the football season. He was pleased with the effort of Richards who is in his first full campaign on the varsity.
"By the end of the season, I'm hoping that we'll be able to fill every class except the top two (220 and 285)," said Loebel. "But this was fun tonight. I thought we wrestled well and we always seem to have exciting matches with Germantown."
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