Germantown - That's one way to get a team's record back to .500.
The Germantown wrestling unit went to the Hartford Duals as a 1-6 squad but came away at 6-6, going 5-0 and winning the championship by beating four teams that had crushed the Warhawks one year earlier n the same event. It was Germantown's first tournament win since 2009.
"This drought has not been because we've been down but because we enter a schedule that is very competitive," coach Casey Gabrielson said. "If you want to eventually be the best, you have to train with the best and wrestle the best all the time."
The Warhawks opened with a 42-27 win over Sussex Hamilton. Pins came from Hunter Valenta, Joe Zizzo and Hunter Higginbotham, with additional wins authored by Tyler Colegrove, Brandon Thompson, Brandon Goesch, Tyler Baran, Tyler Palzkill and Steven Asmondy.
For the second time in school history and first time since 2001, Germantown then defeated Hartford. The 51-24 win was what Gabrielson considered one of his team's best efforts this season.
"They have been known for decades as the dominant force in the southern part of the state, so it was a huge win for Germantown," Gabrielson said.
Colegrove, Palenta, Asmondy, Palzkill and Higginbotham recorded pins. Three wins came via forfeit, and Zack Szohr won an 11-4 decision.
"Hartford is young like Germantown, so to pull off a win like this is going to be a great mind-set for the future duals with Hartford over the next four years," Gabrielson said.
In a 57-22 win over Valders, pins came from Ccolegrove, Thompson, Baran, and Higginbotham. Jimmy Nguyen won a decision.
Germantown topped North Shore foe Grafton, 52-28. Goesch, Nick Aldridge and Higginbotham delivered falls. In the 57-22 win over Kenosha Tremper, which clinched the tournament crown, pins belonged to Aldridge, Baran, Zizzo and Higginbotham.
"Nick Aldridge really put the dagger in when he was trailing in the third period by six points and found a way to out will his opponent and pin him in the third period," Gabrielson said.
The undefeated days for Asmonday and Higginbotham led the way, with plenty of wrestlers going 4-1 (Szohr, Colegrove, Baran, Valenta).
"It was a great day and one to celebrate, but it is still a long season with much room for growth," Gabrielson said.
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