Whitefish Bay wrestlers' experience too much for Nicolet in 57-21 decision
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It didn't decide the North Shore Conference dual meet wrestling title - Port Washington had long ago sewn that up again - but there was a great deal of fine intensity in Whitefish Bay's 57-21 victory over border rival Nicolet Monday night.
And the best match probably came at 113 pounds, where the Knights' Jack Kalloch was able to withstand a last-second attack and beat the Dukes' Justin Weil, 6-5, in the third match-up of the two area rivals this season.
"Really a great match," Bay coach Dale Loebel said. "Justin has really turned the corner. He stays in excellent position and is starting to be more aggressive. If he can get out on the bottom consistently he's going to start winning the close matches."
The second-best was probably at 170, where the Blue Dukes' state qualifying ace Rashadeem Gray took on the Knights' Jordan Fischer.
Nicolet coach Gus Kaufmann thought this match was a "marquee" effort.
"The two traded punches, stood toe-to-toe, and both wrestled sound matches," Kaufmann said. "Going into the third period, Gray was only up one point when an extended flurry led to a scramble that put both wrestlers on their back at some point. In the end the Gray found himself on top winning with a pin at 5:40."
"Rashadeem just scrambles so well," Loebel added.
Elsewhere, the experience of the Blue Dukes just proved to be too much for the game Knights. At 126, 132 and 138 pounds, respectively, Bay's Jack Ludke, Joey Davey and Miguel Gomez all recorded pins. Loebel remains impressed with Gomez, who weighs only 128 pounds but continues to challenge himself by wrestling up a class or two.
"I love watching him wrestle," Loebel said.
Nicolet freshman Savion Dean came out with a strong double-leg attack at 145 and scored a remarkable eight-second pin on his Bay opponent, while at 160, Bay's Ed Dixon held off the Knights' Danny Zenge by a 6-5 count.
Loebel continues to remain impressed with his upper weights, as at 182 pounds Andrew James scored a pin in 39 seconds over his Knight opponent while at 195 Kelly Jackson pinned the Knights' Mohamed Dawod and at 220 Will Shanley downed Nicolet's Isaiah Agara in the second period.
Loebel remains impressed with the efforts of Shanley, who just gets better and better all the time.
"I love having him in the line-up," Loebel said. "He's just super coachable."
At other positions, the teams traded forfeits. Nicolet earned those at 285 with Nate Patton and at 120 with Alex Ellison and Bay claimed theirs at 106 with Cooper Fergus at 106 and Ben Lehrmann at 152.
Kaufmann said it was a good learning experience for his kids, noting that Bay came to the mat with confidence. He said his team came to the mat with a good attitude, too, but couldn't overcome the experience that the Blue Dukes have up and down their line-up this season.
Loebel was impressed with how Nicolet's wrestlers competed with heart and tenacity.
The two teams will meet up again at the North Shore Conference Tournament at Homestead on Saturday at 10 a.m.
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