Wrestling up a weight class, wrestler Bill Holz recorded his 100th career win Wednesday night for Menomonee Falls with a technical fall at 126 pounds.
More importantly, Holz, who happily posed with teammates for pictures with a sign commemorating the event, started a five-match win streak for the Indians against always tough West Allis Central, and that keyed a pivotal 40-22 Greater Metro Conference dual meet victory over the always tough Bulldogs.
"This was an important (team) win," he said. "If we'd have lost, we'd have been out of the league race, because aside from (West Allis) Hale, they're the biggest challenge we'll face this year (in GMC duals).
(As far as the weight classes go) It's kind of interesting. We're all taking our turns and moving around a lot."
And that's the way it's going to be most of the season said Falls coach Jim McMahon, as the Indians look to defend their Greater Metro title.
"It was a team effort tonight and it's going to be a team effort all season," he said. "We have a lot of kids in the middle so we have to make the right choices (where the kids are going to wrestle)."
The Indians improved to 2-0 in GMC duals with the victory while Central, which won six straight GMC crowns between 2007-12, fell to 0-2 as the Bulldogs also lost to archrival Hale last week.
"Our schedule was very front-loaded," said Bulldog coach Jon Nelson. "Just like the Hale match, we knew this would be close. We figured they'd be moving people around so we put out our strongest line-up."
And in the match that started in the 160-pound weight class, that worked for most of the night, as after Tere White, in his first bout of the season, earned an 11-5 decision over the Indians' Nate Bonesho, the Bulldogs held a 22-21 advantage on Falls.
But that would be Central's last match victory of the night.
Holz started the run, with his third period tech fall at 126. That was followed by his brother Jerott doing the same at 132. Both were giving away weight in those matches.
Austin Klein then got a pivotal victory at 138, as Central's Marc-Anthony Schnepp hit Klein with an early third period head throw and near-fall and went up 7-4, before Klein rallied. He made an escape, took Schnepp down and got two nearfall points to earn a 9-7 victory.
"That was a huge win for us," said McMahon.
Casey Crangle then clinched the win for Falls at 145 pounds, scoring a 9-5 decision that put the Indians up an surmountable 37-22. Jake McMahon, the coaches' son, then put a fitting end to the meet, earning a 5-3 overtime victory at 152.
"It's never easy coming to Central," said Coach McMahon. "We're very happy with this win."
Other individual victories for the Indians went to Tyler Simcock at 160 (pin 2:53), Jake Fuiten at 182 (6-2 decision), Trayvon Handy at 285 (pin 1:02), and Aaron Daly at 113 (pin 1:33).
For Central, victories went to Brandon Driessen at 170 (pin 5:57), Bobby Reyes at 195 (7-5), Robert Torres at 220 (pin 1:32), and Tyus White at 106 (14-2 major decision).
"We'll get back to focusing on the basics," said Nelson. "We have a little bit of frustration because of the front-loaded schedule, but we did everything we could to get ready. The kids are a little frustrated, but this should pay off in the second half of the year."
For Falls, this was the first major win of the year after arguably the greatest season in program history last winter. Many more tough meets await, Holz and the Indians know.
"We've got the same energy that we had last year," said Bill Holz. "The same expectations too if not higher. They're going to be hard to achieve, because we're a little thinner on top (in the upper weights).
"We'd like to top last year, but we know that'll be tough to do."
"We had a slow start (to the campaign), but now we're ramping up," added Coach McMahon. "This is a good check mark for the season."
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