Rout of Hamilton completes GMC clean sweep for Falls wrestlers
Indians host league tourney Friday
It had to be against Sussex Hamilton.
That was the only logical opponent the Menomonee Falls wrestling team could have formally clinched its first Greater Metro Conference dual meet title in eight years against.
And to make it really fun, the 63-6 rout of the arch-rival Chargers on Jan. 30 occurred on Falls' Junior Indians Night, Senior Night and Parents Night, so it was a full house in the Falls gym.
"We just didn't have a lot of home dual meets this season," Indians coach Jim McMahon said, "so we had to pack things in.
"...But this is great. This marks a lot of hard work put in by a lot of kids."
The victory gave Falls a clean sweep of the Greater Metro Conference duals and marked the second year in a row that the program has won a league title as Falls took the GMC tourney crown last February.
No Indians wrestling team has swept both the dual and tournament crowns in a given year but this one will give it a try on Friday, when Falls hosts the GMC tourney starting at 3:15 p.m. Finals are tentatively slated to start around 7:30 p.m.
Aaron Daly, Bill Holz and Casey Crangle are all defending class champions with Holz going for his third crown.
If the Indians were to win the tourney title, it would be fitting completion to the circle for a team that features seven seniors in its starting lineup, almost all of whom won against Hamilton on Jan. 30.
They included Jeff Kleser at 126 pounds (pin), Austin Klein at 132 (decision), Casey Crangle at 145 (pin), Isaiah Williams at 170 (pin), Jake Fuiten at 182 (pin), and Trayvon Handy at 285 (pin). The only senior who lost this night was 220-pounder James Dow, who dropped a heart-breaker of a one-point decision.
McMahon was also pleased for seniors who didn't make the varsity lineup this night, such as Joe O'Claire (152), Ian Glueckstein (182) and Justus Gaines (285), as all have made contributions on the varsity level at some point this season.
Also picking up pins against Hamilton were Eric Wunsch at 106 and Brandon Schafer at 195.
"We never underestimate any opponent," McMahon said. "We always know that crazy stuff could happen, but it couldn't have been any better for us for it to be against Hamilton for the title, and we did wrestle well. I think we won all the 50/50 matches. Even the kids who lost represented themselves well."
Now, the Indians, who also host the WIAA regional meet on Feb. 15, will see if they can earn themselves an undisputed GMC crown Friday at home.
"It would be a first," McMahon said, "and it is our challenge. It won't be easy, but we are looking forward to it."
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