The Indians picked up individual titles from Jerott Holzat 132 pounds and Nate Fuitenat 195, as they earned fourth in the 19-school Sauk Prairie Invitational on Jan. 9.
Falls, which also routed Brookfield East in a Greater Metro Conference dual on Jan. 7, will host Marquette in another GMC dual Thursday, Jan. 14.
The Indians scored 177 points for their spot at Sauk Prairie as the host school won with 251.5 points.
They earned their place despite competing with only nine wrestlers. Coach Jim McMahon wanted to be careful so he held a couple of people out with minor injuries.
Holz, who passed the 100-career win mark recently, improved to 20-1 overall with his title. After a first-round bye, he beat a Sauk Prairie opponent on a technical fall, a River Valley foe on a major decision (9-0) and then overwhelmed Mauston's Jarrett Dolata, 11-2, in the final.
Fuiten (19-5 overall), also had a first-round bye and then beat a Rio co-op opponent on a major decision (12-1) before pinning a Sauk Prairie foe (2:27) and then edging Beloit Memorial's Marquel Johnson, 8-5, in the final.
Matt Andersonat 113 (17-4) was second, as he went 3-1 on the day before falling to a Sauk Prairie opponent, 11-4,in the final. Earning thirds were Austin Lasanskeat 120 (3-1 on day, 15-5 overall) and Eric Wunschat 126 (3-1, 18-5). Tyler Gillwas fourth at 106 (2-2, 19-5), while Logan Fallonat 285 (3-2, 16-9) claimed seventh.
The Indians fell in a dual meet to the Brookfield co-op in a Greater Metro/North Shore Conference dual meet on Jan. 6 but then bounced back to take second in the Reedburg Invite on Jan. 9.
'Our team is working out some injuries and trying to get everyone healthy,' said coach Kym Remillard. 'At the same time, we are working together, cheering on one another and watching our scores rise. We had a okay meet against Brookfield with Marissa Weisfloglanding her first handspring full and scoring an 8.75 and taking third on vault. On the downside, we had nine falls on beam.'
In the Reedsburg Invite, the Indians took second as a team with a 121.85 score. Jade Wahlgren took second on vault with an 8.9, while Weisflog took fourth on vault with an 8.6 and fourth on beam with an 8.025, and Wahlgren also took fourth on floor with an 8.95
The Indians took part in a triangular with the Cedarburg/Grafton co-op and Shorewood on Jan. 13 and will be at the Holmen Invite on Saturday, Jan. 16.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Indians couldn't take advantage of an opportunity to get out of last place in the Greater Metro Conference, falling to visiting Wauwatosa East by a 53-46 count on Jan. 8.
With the loss, Falls fell to 0-5 in the GMC, same as West Allis Central, and 3-8 overall, while Tosa East improved to 1-4 in league play and 7-4 overall. The Indians will host archrival Sussex Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and then will turn around and visit nonconference opponent West Bend West in a 3 p.m. game Saturday, Jan. 16.
Against Tosa East, Falls actually had a 27-24 lead at the half, but then the Red Raiders turned around and outscored Falls, 29-19, in the second half to pull away for the victory.
Madison Grzesiak led the way for the Indians with 12 points, while Marissa Igunborhad 11, Jessica Boerner eight and Karly Volzseven. As unfortunately has been the case many times this season, Falls hurt itself at the foul line, hitting only 11 of 23 attempts, while East was nine of 19.
The Indians hit only one 3-pointer as East hit four treys. It was the first game for Falls since a nonconference win over Whitefish Bay on Dec. 22.
MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Indians turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and pulled away to a surprisingly easy 60-41 victory over host Wauwatosa East on Jan. 8.
Falls, 8-3 overall, has five games in a row. The Indians took a 30-27 lead at the half on East, which has had a surprising roller-coaster of a season. In the second session, though, the Indians pulled away with a 30-14 effort.
A big key to the win was the Indians' ability to get to the foul line. They attempted 29 free throws, and though they hit only 14, they still had a huge advantage over East, which did not attempt a free throw on the evening.
Guard Justin Gruberand post Matt Henningsen had 17 points apiece for the Indians, while Bryce McMurtryhad 10, Jerin Freyeight and Jaden Champion seven.
Falls hit six 3-pointers on the night.
HAMILTON BOYS SWIMMING
The Indians were 16th of 22 in the powerhouse Marquette Invitational on Jan. 9.
The local co-op scored 41.5 points as Madison West won with 319.
Best finishes for the Indians included the following: 200-yard medley relay: Siddhant Jain, Keegan Donlen, Josh Woods and Shawn Brown, 12th (1:46.95); 50 free: Brown, 11th (22.95); 100 free: Brown, 10th (50.4); 200 free relay: Nick Omer, Josh Ebner, Jain, and Dayne Gramoll, 15th (1:39.03); 100 breaststroke: Donlen, 12th (1:06.61); and 400 free relay: Omer, Brown, Ebner and Donlen, 13th (3:35.36).
ICE BEARS HOCKEY
As part of the North Shore Conference Tournament at the Ozaukee Ice Center, the local co-op fell to eventual champion Homestead, 7-3 on Jan. 5, before routing Grafton, 10-2, on Jan. 7.
The Ice Bears, 3-13 on the season, took on the WNS co-op on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and then will host nonconference foe Greendale in a 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, nonconference game.
In the victory over Grafton, the Ice Bears broke open a 2-2 tie with eight straight goals. They were up 5-2 after the first period and 8-2 after the second. Tony Koerner (two), Hunter Leonhard (two), Nathan Rozman (two), Joshua Rusniak, Austin Phillps, Ryan Ruona and Ethan Rentmeester all scored goals, while Ruona had four assists.
The Ice Bears outshot the Ice Hawks, 42-9.
Against Homestead, which is 6-0 in North Shore play, the Ice Bears actually took a 1-0 lead on a Zack Fountain goal just 41 seconds into the first period. The Highlanders rallied to take a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first, but then Ruona and Koerner scored goals less than a minute apart to start the second session.
But then Homestead scored five straight goals to take control, including two more marks before the end of the second period to take the lead for good. They could not control the Highlanders' Joey Hobbs, who had five goals for the game. Theran Wanta had two assists for the Ice Bears.
Paul Perdzock made 25 saves for the Ice Bears as Homestead outshot the local co-op, 32-15.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz