Menomonee Falls wrestling
The Indians continue to challenge themselves and then respond, as Aaron Daly won the 106-pound class in leading the team to a fifth-place showing in the Sauk Prairie Invitational on Saturday.
The strong finish came just a week after the Indians turned in a respectable 5-2 mark at the Northern Exposure Duals in Merrill.
"We're trying to get around and wrestle good, different teams from around the state," Indians coach Jim McMahon said. "We're also trying to keep as many kids involved as possible. We took 27 kids up to Merrill and the kids had fun. It keeps them involved and the more kids we have wrestling, the better off we'll be."
The Indians start their serious run toward a potential Greater Metro Conference title when they host rival Sussex Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This will be the off weekend for the varsity as far as tournament action is concerned.
Falls scored 155.5 points for its spot in the 18-school field at Sauk Prairie as the host school won with 288.5. Daly (26-4 overall) won four matches for his title including a major decision in the final over a state-ranked opponent from Kettle Moraine.
"Since he's moved down to 106, he's had only one loss," McMahon said.
Falls also had two other runner-up spots as Bill Holz (26-4) at 126 had to default his final to a Mount Horeb/Barneveld opponent when he took an accidental shot to the face. McMahon said he should be all right in the long run.
And Ayoola Olapo at 182 (27-2) lost a double overtime decision on an escape with four seconds left to an unbeaten Mt. Horeb/Barneveld opponent in his final. McMahon said that the Sauk Prairie gym was extremely loud for that match.
Other good finishes on the day for Falls included Austin Meyers third at 138 (3-1 on the day, 15-8 overall) and a fifth from Jake Fuiten at 170 (4-1, 18-8).
The surging Warhawks were a competitive 4-1 in the Travis Wichlacz West Bend Duals on Saturday.
"Since we started 0-6 (in duals) we've been 10-2," coach Casey Gabrielson said. "We're no longer scared of wrestling older, more experienced kids. They're making a run and gaining confidence."
The Warhawks took on Homestead in a North Shore dual on Wednesday and now will be at powerful Port Washington on Thursday before heading off to the Elkhorn Invitational on Saturday.
At West Bend, the Warhawks defeated Marquette (63-18), Waupaca (67-11), West Bend East (39-38) and Campbellsport (38-32) with its only loss coming to eventual champion West Bend West (55-21).
Gabrielson believed it was the first time that the Warhawks had ever beaten Campbellsport. They won five of the last six bouts to do it, including a pin by Steve Asmondy at 195 in the final match of the night.
Germantown won the last four bouts to earn the victory over West Bend East.
Tyler Palzkill (three pins) at 160 pounds, Asmondy (four pins) at 195 and Hunter Higginbotham at 220, all went 5-0 on the day for Germantown. Asmondy is now ranked in the top 15 statewide in his weight class and the unbeaten Higginbotham (22-0) is ranked fifth.
"We had a lot of guys contribute to this day," Gabrielson said. "A lot of guys who started off their backs and that helped contribute to those big wins (over East and Campbellsport)."
Falls/Germantown/ Hamilton swim
John Seiler was third in the 100-yard butterfly and fifth in the 50 freestyle in leading the Indians to a 13th-place showing in the high-powered Marquette Gator Invitational at the Schroeder Aquatic Center on Saturday.
Seiler turned in a very quick time of 53.78 in taking his spot in the butterfly and he also turned in a clocking of 22.23 in the 50 free. Matt Ciolkosz was ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:07.25) and 14th in the 100 breast stroke (1:06.51).
Both the 200 medley (1:46.16) and 400 free (3:31.07) relay teams turned in respectable 10th-place showings as Sam Piette, Cal Weber, Sam Neale and Seiler made up the 400 free and Piette, Ciolkosz, Seiler and Brad Kruppe were included in the medley.
The Indians were also sixth of nine in the Greater Metro/Classic 8 Relays they hosted on Jan. 3.
The local co-op scored 88 points for its spot, as Muskego won with 146.
Best places included a fifth by the 200 medley relay team of Piette, Ciolkosz, Seiler and Kruppe (1:47.67); a fourth by the 300 butterfly relay team of Weber, Ciolkosz, Nathan Bromm and Seiler (2:52.22); a fifth by the 300 breast stroke crew of Neale, Bromm, Mitchell Hudson and Ciolkosz (3:32.4); a fifth by the 300 backstroke team of Kruppe, Weber, Siddhant Jain and Piette (3:01.86); and fourths from the 800 free relay team of Piette, Weber, Neale and Seiler (7:48.55) and the 400 medley team of Neale, Ciolkosz, Seiler and Kruppe (3:55.44).
The Indians are at West Allis Central for a dual meet at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Germantown/Menomonee Falls Ice Bears
Myles Crichton made an impressive 45 saves as he led the Ice Bears to a 0-0 overtime tie against Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago on Saturday.
That effort came on top of a 42-save showing for Crichton in a tough 2-1 loss to Marquette on Jan. 2. In that game, Alec Fieldhack got the only goal for the Ice Bears with help from Alex Farrell and Ben Lena. The local co-op started the week at 3-8-1 and hosts Sheboygan at 2:45 p.m. Friday and Cedarburg at 7 p.m. Saturday in a pair of games at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center.
Menomonee Falls girls basketball
The Indians kept their recent hard-won momentum with an easy 51-19 Greater Metro Conference victory over West Allis Central on Friday. With the win, Falls improved to 2-3 in GMC play and 6-5 overall.
The Indians had little trouble with the Bulldogs, as they bolted to a 17-2 first quarter lead and then a 32-7 halftime advantage.
All told, 10 Indians players scored as Mikayla Robertson had 18 points to lead the way while Claire Mohrfeld and Hailey Precia had six apiece.
Falls held the Bulldogs to just seven baskets on the night.
- Steven L. Tietz
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