New Berlin beat Cudahy/St. Francis, 55-24, and Pius XI, 40-27, on Dec. 11 at Pius to start the week and then finished third in their own invitational on Friday.
Racine Case beat the local grapplers, 42-26, but New Berlin bounced back to defeat Delavan Darien, 55-24. They then lost to eventual champion Oconomowoc, 55-18.
But they finished on a positive note, beating Catholic Memorial, 39-35, and Homestead, 40-34.
The biggest news of the day for New Berlin was senior Emilio Gutierrez going undefeated in the 220-pound weight class. Gutierrez had four pins in his five wins.
"Our kids responded after a tough loss to a very good Oconomowoc team and ended the night with straight dual wins," coach Patrick Detmer said. "Seniors Kevin Thiessenhusen, John McArthur and Isaac Surprenant built up great momentum for the team in the final dual against Homestead, each scoring a pinfall."
Detmer also praised senior Bradley Fromm at 126.
"Bradley Fromm had an impressive night in his first day of competition," he said. "He scored three pins on the night, two of which were crucial in deciding the outcome of two meets.
"Brad bumped up to 126 pounds and scored a pin against Catholic Memorial in a dual that we ended up winning by four points. In the final match against Homestead he scored a pin that sealed the victory for a team. It was great to see him have that success out on the mat."
D.J. Heinrich at 132 (2:50), Zach Nordstrom at 138 (1:50) and Joe Scaffidi at 152 (3:30) all pinned their foes. Jake Szaniawski won by major decision (14-0) at 160 and Thiessenhussen won by decision (9-3) at 170.
There were five forfeit winners:Jack Hanley (195), Alex Rodriguez (220), Gutierrez (285), Anthony Mayer (145) and McArthur (182).
New Berlin had five pins in the win over the Popes.
Rodriguez at 220 (0:22), Gutierrez at 285 (1:50), Cameron Jakubowski at 132 (3:15), Mayer at 145 (2:28) and Thiessenhussen (2:16) all won by a pin.
Kevin Trecek at 113 won by major decision (20-12) and McArthur at 182 (10-7) and Hanley at 195 (12-11) won decisions. There was also a double forfeit at 106.
"I talked with the athletes about wrestling a complete team match," Detmer said. "We needed to win the close matches against Pius and fight for extra bonus points. I thought Anthony Mayer exemplified that tonight at 145 by turning a tie match into six team points for us with a pinfall."
Coach points out ups and downs
Detmer was also pleased with several performances.
"Alex Rodriguez, Emilio Gutierrez, Cameron Jakubowski and Kevin Thiessenhussen also were able to score crucial pinfalls for our team too. I was also impressed with the fight displayed by John McArthur and Jack Hanley refusing to give up key points at the end of their matches and work hard to seal the team victory for us."
But not everything was perfect.
"Our technique did look a bit sloppy tonight," Detmer said, "and we need to clean that up as a coaching staff, but credit also has to go to Pius on that for getting us out of position. They competed hard tonight and turned the end of the dual meet into an exciting finish."
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