Whitnall's Senthavisouk claims mat crown

Whitnall's Ryan Olson pins Wauwatosa's Sean Allen at 170 pounds during the Woodland Conference tournament at Pius XI on Saturday. Olson came in second in the tournament.

Whitnall's Ryan Olson pins Wauwatosa's Sean Allen at 170 pounds during the Woodland Conference tournament at Pius XI on Saturday. Olson came in second in the tournament. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Feb. 11, 2014

Anthony Senthavisouk of Whitnall capped off an unbeaten Woodland Conference wrestling season with the championship at 106 pounds on Saturday.

Senthavisouk improved to 11-0 in the conference by sweeping three opponents in the Woodland Meet at Pius XI, including a 9-5 decision over Greendale's Nathan Hensley in his title match.

Both wrestlers came into the match at 10-0 in the conference, but Senthavisouk dominated the first two periods, then held off a comeback by Hensley in the third.

"Anthony did some amazing things in that match," co-head coach John Quinlan said, "getting points and getting out of situations. That wasn't coaching. That was all Anthony. We expect Nathan will come back harder next week (in a WIAA Division 1 regional Feb. 15)."

Earlier, he received a first-round bye and pinned Conrad Shilling of South Milwaukee in 31 seconds in the semifinals.

Senthavisouk, who claimed his second straight conference crown, was the lone wrestler for Whitnall or Greenfield to win a title Saturday.

Falcons took third

The Falcons tallied 152 1/2 points for third place as a team, while the Hustlin' Hawks scored 135 points for fifth place.

Taking second for the Falcons were Joe Price at 126 pounds, Nick Monty at 145 pounds and Ryan Olson at 170 pounds.

Price lost a technical fall to Isaac Lodise of Pewaukee, who is rated sixth in the state, in his final match.

Monty, hampered by a knee injury, won his 30th match of the season but fell 5-3 to Pewaukee's Garrett Shibilski in his title match.

Olson lost an 11-2 major decision in his title bout to Ben Zbikowski of South Milwaukee, who is 11-0 in the conference.

Greenfield had three runners up: Tre'vaughn Craig at 138, Thomas Friedbacher at 160 and Anthony Rychlowski at heavyweight.

Craig was pinned by Wauwatosa's Ben Reagan in 5 minutes, 21 seconds in his title match. He had pinned two earlier opponents.

"He has been getting better all year and was able to defeat two tough kids by pin," head coach Chris Otto said. "I'm excited to see what he can do in the next two weeks."

Friedbacher and Rychlowski both finished 2-1 on the day for second place.

For Whitnall, Ethan Latus (120) and Blake Leslie (132) both came in third. Latus tipped Pewaukee's Joe Porter 2-1 for third place, while Leslie avenged a loss to Pewaukee's Trevor Greene to take third place and won his 30th match of the season on the day.

"Blake was in a tough bracket and was seeded fifth," Quinlan said. "He did some pretty solid wrestling to get third."

Teams had five fourths

Whitnall had three entries place fourth: Dylan Kellner (138), Michael Langenohl (182) and Ethan Harycki (heavyweight).

For Greenfield, taking fourth were Turner Panich (145) and Matt Braatz (195).

The Hawks had six finish fifth: Cory Walloch (106), Sharif Othman (120), Nicholas Pollack (126), Tyler Dorfner (152), Anthony Kurczewski (182) and Mohammed Jaber (220).

Whitnall's Jon Homontowski took sixth at 160 pounds, while Greenfield's Jason Alvarado (113), Dylan Kumbera (132) and Nathaniel Grund (170) also claimed that spot.

"We learned a great deal from this weekend," Greenfield's Otto said. "The big lesson was how each and every match counts and you need to wrestle six minutes. We left a lot of team points on the mat."

For Quinlan, the meet capped a rough week which saw several wrestlers suspended for academic and disciplinary problems.

"It was a negative week," he said, "but the kids who were here, you have to give them credit. They overcame it and regrouped."

Both teams compete in a WIAA Division 1 regional at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at Whitnall.

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