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MENOMONEE FALLS WRESTLING

The Indians will go into the defense of their Greater Metro Conference Tournament title on Friday, Feb. 3, with some serious momentum, as they dropped weight and closed out the regular season with the title in the Sheboygan South Redwing Duals on Jan. 28.

"The tournament isn't quite as strong as it has been in the past," said Indian coach Jim McMahon, "but it still worked out well.The kids got in four to five good matches, and they continued to wrestle well."

Falls, which won the Greater Metro Conference dual-meet title with a victory over Hamilton on Jan. 26, has recorded two victories and one second-place finish in its last three tournaments. The GMC tournament will start at 4 p.m. Friday at Sussex Hamilton.

The Indians went 5-0 at South, defeating Sheboygan North (84-0), West Bend West (61-10), Oshkosh North (54-18), Kenosha Bradford (58-22) and the Green Bay co-op (52-21).

McMahon said every wrestler who won at least four matches medaled. Going undefeated were Ethan Pogorzelski at 106 pounds (5-0); Matt Anderson at 120 (5-0, three pins); Eric Wunsch at 132 (5-0, four pins); Jon Thomas at 170 and 182 (5-0); and Brandon Schaefer (3-0) at 220. Schaefer was a state qualifier last season but is making his first serious comeback since recovering from a knee injury.

Going 4-1 were Alec Lind at 113, Austin Lasanske at 126 (three pins), Noah Dakouras at 138 (two pins), Ben Heitman at 145, Josh McMahon at 160 (two pins), Donald Eruchalu at 195-220 (two pins) and Logan Fallon at 285 (two pins).

Coach McMahon thought Anderson, Wunsch, Dakouras, Thomas and Eruchalu had great tournaments, and he feels good about the league tourney.

"It's going to be a challenge, but I like our chances," he said.

MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN GIRLS GYMNASTICS

Despite some illness and injury running through the team, the Indians still finished third of nine in their own invitational at Falls on Jan. 28.

"It was a great invite," said coach Kym Remillard. "We had lots of fun. The theme this year was superheros. Even the judges had fun and wore superhero crowns. I was a little nervous to see how our teams would do.  We are a small team to start off with, and we were missing three gymnasts."

Alexandria Sherman (knee), Heather Berglund (ankle sprain) and Skylar Kennedy (other commitment) were all out for the Indians. Illness to the coaching staff also slowed things up, Remillard added.

The Indians went with only four performers on each piece of apparatus on varsity, meaning there was no low score to drop.

Despite the setbacks, the local co-op scored 126.65 points for its spot. Watertown won with 131.125, and Jefferson was second with 127.625.

The vault was the best event, as Jade Wahlgren was second with a personal best (8.8), and Camryn Tautges was fourth (8.225). On beam, Tautges was seventh (8.075), while on floor exercise, Wahlgren was sixth (8.725). On the uneven bars, Rachel Stuesser was fifth (8.075) and Tautges seventh (8.0), and in the all-around Tautges was fifth (32.75) and Wahlgren eighth (31.95).

"I could not have been more of a proud coach when the results came in," Remillard said. "Overall, it turned out to be a pretty great day."

MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN/HAMILTON BOYS SWIMMING

The Indians got a fourth from Turner Valle in diving (364 points) as they earned sixth of nine in the Greater Metro/Classic 8 swimming meet on Jan. 28.

The local co-op scored 127 points for its spot; Waukesha Souh/Memorial won with 603.

Other good finishes for the Indians by event included the following: diving: Andrew Godfrey, sixth (335.6 points); 200 medley relay: Ming Ong, Josh Wu, Ryan Ciolkosz and Josh Ebner, ninth (1:49.78); 200 free: Connor Cameron, 12th (1:55.46); 50 free: Nick Omer, 12th (23.17); 500 free: Cameron, 13th (5:15.21); 200 free relay: Omer, Austin Brown, Ebner and Dayne Gramoll, 12th (1:36.52), Ciolkosz, Brandon Christianson, Wu and Grant Adams, 13th (1:38.76); 100 backstroke: Ong, 13th (59.89); 100 breaststroke: Wu, 14th (1:08.23); and 400 free relay: Ebner, Omer, Cameron and Brown, 10th (3:34.32), Jacob Poulsen, Gramoll, Ciolkosz and Christianson, 12th (3:39.46).

MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL

The Indians rode a roller-coaster but still came out on top, 88-78, against Marquette in a Greater Metro Conference contest on Jan. 24.

The win improved Falls to 6-2 in the Greater Metro Conference, a game behind Brookfield Central (7-1) and 12-4 overall. They are in the midst of a critical week, as they took on surging Brookfield East (5-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and then will visit equally dangerous Tosa East on Friday, Jan. 3.

"If we can make it through the week unscathed, we'll still be hanging on (for the conference title)," said coach Steve Showalter.

The Marquette game went back and forth in the first half with the Indians holding onto a 37-34 advantage. Showalter said the team put on a powerful surge early in the second half and built the advantage up to 20 points only to have the Hilltoppers cut back into the advantage, but it never got below 10 or so.

Nate Schuster continued his strong run of recent play with 26 points, and Payton Malone hit four more 3-pointers for 18. Justin Gruber tossed in 12, Jaden Champion 10 and Cross Wilson 9.

GERMANTOWN GIRLS BASKETBALL

A total of 11 players scored 8 or more points, as the fourth-ranked North Shore Conference leaders rolled past winless Nicolet, 106-31 on Jan. 26.

With the win, Germantown improved to 9-0 in North Shore play and 15-2 overall. They had a critical league contest with Homestead (5-2 in league) on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will visit Grafton (2-5) on Friday, Feb. 3.

The entire roster got in early and often for the Warhawks against Nicolet, which is struggling in a rebuilding year under new coach Megan Lund. It was 53-10 at the half.

All-state guard Kenzie Schmitz had another big game in limited action with 22 points, five rebounds, seven assists and eight steals, while Natalie McNeal had 15 points and three assists; Kate Richmond 11 points and five steals; and Kailynn Mongan 10 points and four assists.

Megan Ische (five rebounds), Taylor Weitermann (four assists and five steals), Amber Ische (four rebounds) and Olivia Verdin (three blocked shots) all had 9 points apiece. Germantown also hit 14 3-pointers as a team, as a total of eight players hit from beyond the arc. Anna Averkamp grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Indians earned a split on the week, beating West Allis Hale, 53-40 on Jan. 27 after dropping a tough 59-54 decision to DSHA on Jan. 24.

The split left the Indians at 5-5 in Greater Metro Conference play and 8-9 overall.

They have two home games this week. They took on Brookfield East on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and then will host Tosa East on Friday, Feb. 3.

Against Hale, the Indians took a 25-16 lead at the half, as senior guard Marissa Igunbor had 22 points to lead all scorers. She was an impressive 10-for-10 from the foul line, and the Indians were 15-of-19 from the stripe as a team. Alyssa Marks added 12 points.

The DSHA loss was the second tough defeat for the Indians against the Dashers this season following a 4-point loss in December.

DSHA had a 27-26 lead at the half and then held on for the win. Igunbor led Falls with 18, and Karly Volz and Madison Grzesiak had 11 apiece. Falls again had a good night at the foul line (14-20), but the Dashers were a little better (13-15).

HAMILTON BOYS BASKETBALL

Against a state-ranked opponent in Sun Prairie on Jan. 28, Hamilton lost, 62-45. HHS trailed at the half, 28-13, but scored 32 points in the second half.

"We had a good second half," assistant coach Kameron Cerroni said. "We came out of the gates and played a 1-3-1, and we didn't turn the ball over, but we missed a couple shots ... when you get down early against a top-10 team like them, it's tough to battle back, but we did. We battled back in the second half, and we cut it to 8."

Tyler Ellingson led the way for the Chargers with 19 points and five 3-pointers. Ryan Filo contributed 7 points and nine rebounds, and Joel Hoytink added 7 points and three rebounds.

Hamilton scored 16 straight points in the second half. Head coach Andy Cerroni missed the game due to a health issue.

HHS lost to West Allis Central, 62-44, on Jan. 24. Ellingson scored a team-high 9 points. Ethan Bauer contributed 7 points, and Jake Kessenich scored 6. Shamar Newman and Hoytink both scored 5 points.

GERMANTOWN WRESTLING

The Warhawks closed out their regular season with a 70-3 North Shore Conference dual-meet win over Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 26.

It gave the dual-meet runner-up Warhawks some momentum as they head into the North Shore Conference tournament at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Whitefish Bay. Port Washington won the league dual meet title.

Winning matches on the mat for the Warhawks against Lutheran were Kashawon Milton at 195 pounds (pin 5:48), Dominique Bennett at 285 (pin 5:23), Kevin Tamboli at 120 (pin 1:42), Ian Niles at 126 (pin 1:27), Isaac Riddle at 132 (pin 0:56), Mason Wheeler at 145 (10-2 major decision), Carson Bogner at 160 (pin 1:28), Jerry Bagley at 170 (pin 2:55), and Andrew Seramur at 182 (pin 2:46).

For the first time in weeks, Germantown had a nearly full lineup, filling 13 of the 14 weight classes.

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