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Sport Shorts: Dec. 29

New Berlin West’s Tim Rink goes up for two points Friday against West Allis Hale at home.

New Berlin West’s Tim Rink goes up for two points Friday against West Allis Hale at home. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Dec. 29, 2013

MUSKEGO WRESTLING

Austin Quartullo won his 132-pound weight class to highlight the Warriors' efforts in the E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central on Dec. 20-21.

Quartullo, who improved to 11-1 on the season, handed Whitefish Bay's Miguel Gomez his first defeat of the season with a 3-1 decision in the title match. Gomez fell to 14-1 for the year.

Quartullo had earlier posted major decisions of 13-2 and 11-3 and taken a forfeit.

Connor Price finished second at 182 pounds, notching two pins and a decision before falling to unbeaten Beau Breske of Hartford 5-3 in the final. Price slipped to 11-1 with the loss.

Martin Alivo took third place at 220 pounds, going 7-1 for the tournament.

Muskego tallied 84 points for eighth place in the 19-team event, which was won by West Allis Central at 181 1/2 points.

Muskego competed in the Holmen Invitational last weekend, but that event was completed after press time for this edition.

NEW BERLIN WRESTLING

New Berlin finished 11th out of 19 teams at the 41st Ed Stech Inviational on Dec. 20-21 at West Allis Central.

The locals scored 77 points, while the host Bulldogs won with 181.5 points. They had three top-three finishes.

Emilio Gutierrez (18-0) placed first at 220 and scored 26 team points. He pinned his first three opponents and then won the title match with a hard-fought, 3-1 decision. He improved his record to 18-0.

"What impressed me about Emilio this weekend is that he is beginning to capitalize on his good position and turn it into points," coach Pat Detmer said. "He scored a takedown in the final seconds of the championship match to pull off the victory."

Alex Rodriguez (13-4) placed second at 195 and scored 18 team points. He was 3-1, with two decisions and a pin.

"Almost as impressive was Alex Rodriguez," Detmer said. "Alex continues to grow as a wrestler. We have been working with Alex on improving his offense and aggressiveness on his feet the past few weeks. He displayed that improvement this weekend. He was aggressive and working for takedowns the entire time."

Kevin Thiessenhusen (14-5) placed third at 170 and scored 14 team points. He went 5-1 with a pin, a bye and three decisions.

"Kevin rebounded from a rough start on Friday," Detmer said. "After losing his opening match to Will Hendriksen of Mukwonago after receiving a first round bye, Kevin ripped off four consecutive victories on Saturday to finish third, defeating Hendriksen in a rematch for third in the final match of the day.

"He was disappointed after his first match, and I talked with him about making the most of his scoring opportunities and wrestling a smart match. He did that all day on Saturday, winning several close matches by scoring crucial points and remaining in good position."

New Berlin meets Poynette and Westfield at Westfield at 9 a.m. Saturday.

WEST BOYS BASKETBALL

The Vikings went 0-2 in the New Berlin Classic, losing to West Allis Hale (3-5) of the Greater Metro Conference on Friday and Messmer (9-2) of the Midwest Classic on Saturday.

They fell to 2-9 and now play at New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

In Friday's 66-38 loss to Hale, the Vikings sat back and watched the Huskies throw down six 3-pointers, including four by senior Noel Crabtree.

"He hasn't been shooting that well," coach John Palesse said. "So that was good to see."

Crabtree had 14 points in a first quarter that gave Hale a 26-11 lead. Chamika Wijenayake scored eight of West's 10 points in a 14-10 second quarter, as the Huskies increased their lead to 19 points at half, 40-21.

West battled in a close third quarter (18-15), as coach Jeff Lewiston changed his lineup, putting in players who worked hard in the first half mixed in with some new faces.

Senior starter Tim Rink had six points in the third period and junior Colt Bender, who came off the bench, had five. Junior Brennan Grossman, who played a good game off the bench, had West's only basket in an 8-2 fourth quarter.

"We have some athletes on the team, but they are not basketball players first," West coach Jeff Lewiston said. "They are playing an aggressive and physical game in high school basketball today.

"The players we have are neither aggressive nor physical. Because of this, when we play people, their aggressive and physical play doesn't always allow us to execute our fundamentals. This causes us great problems.

"So two of the things that are hurting us most right now, are the lack of aggressiveness, we have too passive a personality, but we also lack physicality to be competitive. We're not strong enough."

Wijenayake had 12 points, while Rink finished with eight. Crabtree had 23, Joey Archer had 15 and Jason Palesse added 14 to lead Hale.

"Our game right now isn't a matter of X's and O's, it's a matter of playing hard, having heart and competing."

Then on Saturday, Messmer completed a sweep of the New Berlin schools — they nipped Eisenhower on Friday, 62-60 — by crushing West.

West dropped a 44-35 decision to Messmer on Saturday night in the New Berlin Classic, but played much better than the night before.

"We played a lot more aggessively, most physical, with more confidence and we were more assertive," Lewiston said.

West led 11-8 after one quarter, but trailed 22-15 at halftime. They cut the lead to 31-27 after three, came within 2-3 points put couldn't get over the hump.

Scott Reichel led the way with 15 points, while Fred Cottrell had six.

MUSKEGO GIRLS BASKETBALL

Powerful Pewaukee was too much for the Warriors in the Oak Creek Tournament on Friday with a 60-22 victory.

The Pirates rolled to a 33-8 halftime lead, then coasted from there in handing Muskego its seventh straight defeat to open the season.

Emily Schulte and Hannah Kath each scored five points to lead the Warriors, who did not hit double digits in any period.

Muskego's consolation game on Saturday took place after press time.

Muskego visits New Berlin West at 7:30 p.m. Friday, then returns to Classic 8 Conference action at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at home against Arrowhead.

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