Menomonee Falls wrestling
Make it two years in a row for the Indians over Greater Metro Conference rival Brookfield East, as the locals opened up league action with an impressive 49-23 dual meet win over the Spartans Dec. 8.
"We beat them by a point last year, so this was a good win," said Falls coach Jim McMahon. "They've been a team that has been a serious nemesis for us for years now. In the last 10 years, we've actually done better against West Allis Central (defending league champion and traditional contender) than we have against East."
The Indians, who will visit Brookfield Central in another Greater Metro dual on Thursday, won nine of 15 matches in overpowering the Spartans. The highlight match was a battle of unbeatens at 182, as Falls' Ayoola Olapo defeated the Spartans' Sam Brunker, 7-0.
"He's really figuring things out and coming along well," said McMahon of Olapo.
Freshman Bill Holz also remained unbeaten with a pin at 113 pounds. East had taken a 16-15 lead in the dual, but Holz's pin was part of a four-match victory streak that put the Indians in the lead for good. It also featured a forfeit to Aaron Daly at 106 and pins by Jeff Kleser at 120 and Casey Crangle at 126.
Holz has been very impressive, said McMahon, as he has posted wins over some state-level competitors so far this season.
Other wins for Falls went to Sam Schwabenlander at 145 (pin 0:27), Joe O'Claire at 152 (10-4 decision), Jake Fuiten at 160 (pin) and Bill Steinke at 170 (pin). Austin Meyers lost a tough 7-4 decision to East's state-level Casey Dentino at 132.
McMahon said things are very upbeat for the young Indians (the only seniors in the line-up are Steinke at 170 and Mike Schwahn at 195).
"We have over 40 guys in the (practice) room now and they're a good group of kids," he said. "They're very cooperative and working very hard."
The Warhawks had a learning experience at the Hartford duals, going 1-4 overall as they were down four starters including returning state qualifier Danny Krause, who had the opportunity to compete in a baseball scouting try-out in Florida.
The other starters missing were senior captain Zach Baus, Tyler Colegrove and Joe Zizzo.
"We knew it was going to be a rough weekend for us and our goal was not to go 0-5," said coach Casey Gabrielson. "We went in rather to get the experience and to take as much out of it as we could."
The Warhawks lost to Sussex Hamilton, 45-36, as 220-pounder Hunter Higginbotham hurt his back and had to be pulled for the day.
Germantown then beat Waukesha North by a 63-15 score for its only win of the day. That was followed by tough losses to Hartford (71-6), Kenosha Tremper (48-24) and Valders (54-6). Unfortunately for the Hawks, they also lost veteran Tyler Baran to an injury in the third round.
"Mentally, Germantown had a rough day," said Gabrielson. "It will be nice to get the starters back and see what the rest of the season has in store. The younger guys now know what the varsity level of competition is and will have to work much harder if they want to have success at the next level.
"Mike (Knippen) has improved to 11-1 on the year (4-1 for the day) and seems to be the leader of the team by example. He has put in the time in the weight room and he has a different focus about him on the mat this year. He is going to continue to surprise people."
Next up for the Warhawks is the Alumni/Youth night at home on Thursday against Cedarburg (7:30 p.m.).
Germantown girls basketball
The Warhawks fell to 0-3 on the season in losing their North Shore Conference season opener to league favorite Whitefish Bay, 53-27, last Friday.
Germantown, which took on Grafton (1-0, 3-0) on Tuesday, will be at Cedarburg (0-1, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then will be at Homestead at 5:45 p.m. Saturday to take on border rival Menomonee Falls (5-0). The boys will play at approximately 8 p.m.
In the loss to Bay, the Warhawks fell behind 15-7 after the first quarter and 28-10 at the half.
Germantown had nine players score, but Taylor Higginbotham and Maggie Johnston were the only ones to score more than five points.
Menomonee Falls/Germantown/Hamilton boys swim
The Indians dropped their Greater Metro/Classic 8 dual meet opener to Brookfield by a 102-70 count on Dec. 8.
The locals got victories from John Seiler in the 100 butterfly (58.09) and from the 200 free relay team of Michael Spankowski, Evan Foht, Nick Siebenaller and Ryan Litzau (1:40.21).
Individual seconds went to Matt Ciolkosz in the 200 individual medley (2:08.73) and 100 backstroke (1:01.72), Ryan Thomann in diving (218.3 points), Spankowski in the 100 free (54.56), and Sam Neale in the 500 free (5:30.28).
Both the 200 medley relay team of Ciolkosz, Paul Porter, Seiler and Litzau (1:49.25) and the 400 free relay crew of Ciolkosz, Spankowski, Neale and Seiler (3:37.42) turned in credible runner-up times.
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