The Warhawks got a first place finish from 220-pounder Hunter Higginbotham, as they claimed third in the North Shore Conference championships Saturday at Homestead.
"We wrestled tough in the wrestle-backs and took a lot of third places. These guys were the MVPs and saved grace for the team's conference place," coach Casey Gabrielson said. "… Germantown's goal today was simple, 'Finish higher than we are seeded and to just wrestle.' In order to do so, they would have to finish ahead of one of the three teams who beat us in the dual season."
The Warhawks did that by edging Whitefish Bay for third.
Germantown, which scored 162 points for its spot as Port Washington defended its crown with 201 1/2 , will now take part in WIAA regional action at Sussex Hamilton at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The first four finishers in each weight class advance to the individual sectional tournament at Oconomowoc on Feb. 16.
Higginbotham was a state meet qualifier last season. At conference, he was dominant, pinning Cedarburg (1:59), Whitefish Bay (4:56) and Milwaukee Lutheran (4:23) opponents en route to his crown.
Germantown had two other finalists as Tyler Baran fell to a Bay opponent, 15-5, in the 160-pound final and Steve Asmondy did the same at 195 (11-3 decision).
Taking thirds for Germantown were Zack Szohr at 106 pounds (2-1 on the day), Tyler Colegrove at 126 (3-1), Nick Aldridge at 138 (3-1) and Hunter Valenta at 182 (3-1 with three pins). Mike Glaser at 285 was also praised for his efforts.
Menomonee Falls girls basketball
The Indians season took another frustrating set of turns last week when they lost to Greater Metro Conference power DSHA, 51-49, in overtime on Friday after beating Tosa East, 60-36, on Jan. 29.
With the split, the Indians now stand at 5-5 in GMC play and 10-8 overall. They take on border rival Hamilton today (see Menomonee FallsNOW.com for details) and then visit West Allis Central on Friday.
Falls battled back from a seven-point halftime deficit to force overtime with DSHA, but couldn't quite pull off the victory in the extra session. Mikayla Robertson had 18 points for Falls while Amber Bullock had 10 and Erin Crownover eight.
The Indians had a 49-23 lead over Tosa East after three quarters and then coasted home from there. Robertson had 15 points, while Monica Carlson and Crownover had 12 each.
The Indians turned in a sound effort and claimed sixth in the Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference meet Saturday.
The local co-op now turns its attentions to WIAA sectional action at Nicolet this weekend. Diving takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday while swimming commences at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each event and the next 18 best performances from sectionals around the state advance to the WIAA Division 1 State Meet in Madison, Feb. 16.
Returning state meet qualifiers John Seiler and Matt Ciolkosz led the Indians to their 203 point effort at the league test as Muskego won with 456.
Seiler was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.39 seconds) while also taking third in the 100 butterfly (53.95) while Ciolkosz was eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:09.39) and seventh in the 100 breast stroke (1:06.67).
Other good efforts included the following: 200 medley relay: Sam Piette, Ciolkosz, Seiler and Brad Kruppe, fifth (1:45.77); 200 free: Sam Neale, 11th (1:56.78); 50 free: Kruppe, 10th (23.58); 100 free: Piette, 10th (52.27); Kruppe, 12th (52.95); 200 free relay: Kruppe, Cal Weber, Neale and Ciolkosz, sixth (1:37.23); 100 backstroke: Piette, seventh (1:00.16); and 400 free relay: Piette, Weber, Neale and Seiler, eighth (3:31.53).
Germantown Hall of Fame
Wilbert Henry, Karen Puckett and Randy Nickel will be inducted into the Germantown Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday at ceremonies around the time of the boys basketball game with Port Washington.
Henry, who graduated in 1972, was a state champion and record-setting 220- and 440-yard dash and mile relay runner in track and also currently sits eighth on the all-time basketball scoring list. Puckett (1990 graduate) was an all-around athlete especially proficient in track, basketball and volleyball while Nickel (1991 graduate) was an all-state football player and state place-winning track athlete (400 meters and long jump).
Ice Bears hockey
The Ice Bears co-op had a rough go of it in the North Shore Conference tournament last week, going 1-3. They fell to Cedarburg (5-0), league champion WNS co-op (6-0) and Homestead (6-1) with the only win, 10-1, over Grafton.
The team is now 5-14-2 and closes out its regular season this weekend. They are at Neenah/Hortonville at 7 p.m. Friday and are at the Eble Ice Center for a match with Waukesha at 7 p.m. Saturday.
They also earned the ninth seed in the WIAA Arrowhead sectional and will go to The Ponds in Brookfield for a 7:30 p.m. WIAA regional semifinal against the Brookfield co-op on Feb. 12. If they win, they travel to top-seeded Fond du Lac on Feb. 14 for a regional final.
In the win over Grafton, Ben Lena had three goals while Peter Schmidt and Tyler Acheson had two goals and two assists apiece. Nate Breckinridge contributed one goal and one assist, while Joe Kandel and Nick Peterson had one goal each and Alec Fieldhack and Mason Nick each had three assists and Ryan Ruona had two assists.
- Steven L. Tietz
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