Menomonee Falls wrestling
Bill Holz won the 106-pound title to lead the short-handed Indians to a fifth-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on Friday.
Holz, who had wrestled all season at 113 pounds, moved down to 106 for the league tourney. He led the Indians to a 133-point total as West Allis Hale won its first league title in 24 years by edging rival Central, 233-225.5.
"We had a lot of illness moved through the team last week," Indians coach Jim McMahon said. "It started in the middle school and one guy caught it for us and it got spread throughout the team."
The Indians were short seven starters for the tournament.
Falls, which lost the services of regular 106-pounder Aaron Daly when Holz moved down to 106, was also without the services of top varsity performers Casey Crangle (126) and Ayoola Olapo (182). All told the Indians forfeited four weight classes.
Holz had a first-round bye and then pinned Hale (1:57) and Central (1:50) wrestlers for his title.
"He looks very comfortable there," McMahon said. "He does not wrestle like a freshman. He scored the most points that you could (26) in the tourney."
Taking a second for the Indians was Bill Steinke at 170, as he dropped a tough 7-6 decision to a Hale opponent in the final.
Earning thirds were Sam Schwabenlander at 138 (3-1 on the day) and Jake Fuiten at 160 (3-1). Fourths went to Jeff Kleser at 126, Nick Umbs at 182, Mike Schwahn at 195 and Matt Aili at 220.
Falls now takes part in WIAA regional action at Sussex Hamilton at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the sectional tournament at Arrowhead on Feb. 18. Kleser qualified for state at 103 pounds last season.
"We're hoping we're all smiles this week," McMahon said.
Menomonee Falls/ Germantown/Hamilton swim
Showing a lot of energy, the Indians used balance to earn a strong fourth-place showing in the Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference championships on Saturday at Waukesha South.
"We had a pretty good meet," Indians coach Jim Weitzer said. "Fourth was a pretty good accomplishment. I think we really made the best of what we were given this year. Everybody knew that they counted. When you can get everybody pulling in one direction like that it can really work. Hopefully a trigger goes off in the kids' heads and they decide that they can do (good) things for themselves.
"It happened to a fair number of our guys."
The local co-op looks to build on that success when it takes part in the WIAA sectional meet at Nicolet this weekend. The diving will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday and swimming at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each event and all those whose efforts are among the next 18 fastest statewide out of all sectionals advance to the state Division 1 meet in Madison on Feb. 18.
Diver Ryan Thomann is a returning state qualifier for the Indians.
The local co-op scored 268 points for its spot as Arrowhead dominated with 673.
Taking thirds for the Indians were Thomann in diving (392.85 points) and John Seiler in the 100 butterfly (55.33 seconds). Seiler was also fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.46 seconds).
Other top 10 efforts for the co-op included the following: 200 medley relay: Matt Ciolkiosz, Paul Porter, Spencer Brown and Sam Green, seventh (1:50.17); and Brad Kruppe, Nick Siebenaller, Lucas Runingen, and Sam Piette, eighth (1:52.01); 200 individual medley: Ciolkosz, fifth (2:05.88); and Green, ninth (2:15.07); 50 free: Ryan Litzau, seventh (23.27); 200 free relay: Seiler, Green, Litzau and Michael Spankowski, fifth (1:32.51); and Siebenaller, Porter, Evan Foht and Sam Neale, 10th (1:42.3); 100 backstroke: Ciolkosz, ninth (59.31); and 400 free relay: Seiler, Litzau, Spankowski and Ciolkosz, sixth (3:27.55); and Neale, Cal Weber, Piette and Kruppe, ninth (3:42.18).
Germantown girls basketball
Excuse Warhawks coach Matt Stuve for feeling like he was on a roller-coaster ride during his team's crazy, 58-47 North Shore win over Cedarburg on Friday.
"We certainly made it interesting," Stuve said. We played a good third quarter (outscoring the Bulldogs 20-10, but we were up 45-28 going into the fourth quarter and then all the things we had been doing well, we decided to stop doing."
Cedarburg went on a 17-0 run to start the period and tie the score.
But then Germantown remembered what it had been doing right, as Miska Cantley hit a 3-pointer that started a 13-0 Warhawks outburst that included four consecutive baskets by Paige Groth, after she had missed her first 10 shots of the game.
"I haven't seen a quarter quite like that," Stuve said.
Combined with the 59-42 loss to Grafton on Jan. 31, the Warhawks are now 4-6 in North Shore play and 5-9 overall. They took on Arrowhead in a nonconference game on Tuesday and visit Milwaukee Lutheran (1-9, 1-13) on Friday. They then visit Greater Metro co-leader and area rival Sussex Hamilton on Feb. 14.
"I think we're growing from all the adversity we're facing," Stuve said. "What we're trying to do is to worry about the moment and not about the past. They (the Bulldogs) hit us with a 17-point run, what are we going to do about it? Paige misses her first 10 shots, then she hits four in a row.
"It's all about staying in the moment."
Courtney Mehring had 12 points for Germantown while Mary Nennig 10, Groth nine and Cantley and Taylor Higginbotham eight apiece.
Higginbotham scored all 18 of Germantown's points in the second quarter en route to a 23-point night, but it wasn't enough for the Warhawks against Grafton (8-2, 11-4).
"I thought for a moment that Bob (veteran Blackhawk coach Maronde) was going to get out on the court himself and get into a defensive stance and try and stop her," chuckled Stuve. It was 26-23 Grafton at the half but then the Blackhawks outscored Germantown 33-19 in the second half.
Ice Bears Hockey
The 6-15 Ice Bears closed out their regular season on Wednesday against Kenosha and now open WIAA tournament play with a regional semifinal at Sheboygan South at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14
The Ice Bears earned the ninth seed in the sectional. If they win, they will travel to top-seeded and North Shore Conference champion Homestead for a Feb. 16 regional final at the Ozaukee Ice Center at 7 p.m.
- Steven L. Tietz
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