Jesse Fryda had quite the journey to the individual state wrestling tournament. The senior, who wrestled on the junior varsity team as a freshman and sophomore, placed sixth on Feb. 25 at the Kohl Center in Madison at 160 pounds.
Fryda (37-6) won his first match over Slinger's Logan Stegemeyer (40-11), 14-5, and then defeated Brookfield East's Saif Ibraheem (29-8), 4-2. In the semifinals, Fryda fell to Hortonville's Elliott Luker (41-3), 3-0.
"Throughout that semis match, we had a good workout in the morning, weighed in, and I think he wrestled as tough and as best as he could," Hamilton coach Rob Schoner said. "He had a pretty tough draw there."
Fryda lost two more wrestlebacks but was awarded a sixth-place medal.
"He got better at every tournament he wrestled at this year," Schoner said. "That's something that is really, really difficult to do."
At 145, Owen Gorges lost in the opening round to Rhinelander's Jacob DeMeyer (43-2), 7-2. Gorges was eliminated in the wrestleback after a 12-6 defeat to Racine Horlick's Subhan Umar (50-5).
"When you get to the level up there in Madison at state, everyone is a pretty tough kid," Schoner said. "You've just got to go out there and let it fly. He did that."
MENOMONEE FALLS WRESTLING
The Indians had five other competitors at the WIAA state individual tournament last weekend in Madison other than place winners Matt Anderson at 120 pounds and Eric Wunsch at 132 (see separate story).
At 126 pounds, senior Austin Lasanske got his first win in three tries at state before finishing 1-2 for the tournament (44-8 overall), while sophomore Noah Dakouras at 138 (37-14) went 0-2 and gained valuable experience in his first state effort.
Senior Josh McMahon fell in his only match at 160 (37-11) in his first attempt at state. Another first-timer senior, Donald Eruchalu (32-12), went 0-2 at 195, and second-time qualifier and senior Brandon Schaefer was 0-1 (13-3) at 220.
Coach Jim McMahon was proud of all their efforts.
Junior Mason Wheeler at 138 pounds and senior Waymon McNeal at 145 ended their fine seasons at the WIAA state individual tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, Feb. 23.
Wheeler (43-5) lost a tough, 6-3 decision to Kenosha Bradford's Marco Infusino. When Infusino lost his next round match later that day, Wheeler lost out on a chance at a wrestleback.
McNeal (43-3) was caught in a similar predicament. He got caught in a headlock right away by Sparta's Jaden Winchel. The big move put him down early, and he couldn't recover in a 15-6 loss. Winchel then lost his next round bout, and that cost McNeal any chance of a wrestleback.
The pair were the most consistent performers Germantown had all season. Though bothered by injuries, the Warhawks did manage to win a WIAA regional title and claim a a first-time spot in the WIAA team sectional dual, which they lost to Slinger.
HAMILTON BOYS BASKETBALL
In the final week of the regular season, Hamilton defeated West Allis Hale, 53-48, on Feb. 21and lost to Marquette, 55-41 on Feb. 23.
Against Hale, HHS led at halftime, 25-16.
"Following that emotional game (against Menomonee Falls on Feb. 17), I was just kind of worried about that letdown, and certainly the capacity in the gym was not what it was when we played against Falls," Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni said. "We started out really well and jump out early and were up, 15-6. We had a nice lead. We didn't shoot it as well in the second half. They made a little run at us."
Lucas Finnessy led with 12 points and eight rebounds; J.T. Hoytink added 11 points and four assists; and Jordan Smith had 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Marquette contest was tied at 18 at halftime, but Marquette pulled away with 37 second-half points.
"We shot well early, had a chance to extend that lead but we just didn't continue shooting as well," Cerroni said. "We had a horrid start to the second half and had some turnovers in our first 10 possessions. I believe we had six turnovers and four missed shots. That gave them a double-digit lead. We were playing uphill the whole way. But it was a good opportunity. Our seniors got a lot of playing time, which was good that way, but unfortunately, we weren't able to pull it out in the end."
Smith had a team-high 15 points. Shamar Newman contributed 9 points, and Hoytink scored 8.
Hamilton finished the regular season at 10-12 overall and in fifth place in the Greater Metro Conference with a 6-8 record.
The 11th-seeded Chargers travel to No. 6 seed De Pere for a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 3.
GERMANTOWN BOYS BASKETBALL
The Warhawks ended their regular season with a split of two games.
They ended their North Shore Conference campaign on a positive note with am emphatic 87-56 decision over Milwaukee Lutheran on Feb. 23 and then came back the next night and fell, 70-61, to nonconference opponent Kenosha Indian Trail.
They finished at 8-6 in North Shore play and 11-11 overall. They earned the eighth seed in the WIAA Division 1 Sheboygan North sectional and will host rival Homestead in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3. If they win that game, they will likely visit sectional top seed Kimberly in a regional final on Saturday, March 4.
Homestead and Germantown have split their regular season games. With the Warhawks moving into the Greater Metro next fall, this will likely be the last game between the pair for quite some time.
No details were available from the Indian Trail game.
Against Lutheran, the Warhawks took a 47-32 lead and then cruised to the finish line, as Kyle Clow continued his sensational season with 35 points, Bryce Thomas added 20 and Randy Johnson and Ethan Meyer tossed in 11 apiece.