With a smaller-than-usual lineup, the Menomonee Falls wrestling team knows the importance to victory of every bonus point earned by every pin, technical fall and major decision.
The Indians put that concept to good use as it went 5-0 to win the South Milwaukee Van Duser Duals on Jan. 14.
"It was a great high school event," said Indian coach Jim McMahon. "We were really happy with how the kids embraced the team concept. We had a lot of kids fall behind early in matches and then come back to earn pins. Things like that really put a smile on my face."
The Indians, who also improved to 5-0 in Greater Metro Conference duals with a victory over Marquette on Jan. 12, beat Kenosha Bradford, 54-30; Franklin, 56-18; Waukesha West, 70-12; South Milwaukee, 56-12; and Janesville Craig, 45-18, to earn their title. They will be at the Homestead Highlander Scramble on Friday Jan. 20. They are only a home match-up with archrival Sussex Hamilton on Jan. 26 away from a GMC dual-meet title.
In earning the crown at the Van Duser, the Indians had seven wrestlers turn in perfect records. They included Tyler Gill at 120 pounds, Matt Anderson at 126, Eric Wunsch at 138, Noah Dakouras at 145, Josh McMahon at 152, Donald Erchulu at 220 and Logan Fallon at 285.
Coach McMahon said 2016 state runner-up Wunsch had a very good day.
"He's wrestling a class that's a little big for him," McMahon said, "but he's done very well since coming back from an injury earlier this season. He's really developed into a leader for us."
Coach McMahon said sophomore Dakouras also had a great day, including earning a win over a very physical Bradford opponent.
McMahon also noted Fallon may have claimed the biggest win of his career when he beat a 22-1 Craig opponent in Falls' final match of the day.
He added that starting out the meet with the tough Bradford team was "a great way to get the day fired up early."
McMahon is very pleased with the team morale at this point.
"We fill out the lineup, and the kids realize how important the bonus points are, and then they respond," he said. "It makes for a fun day."
Falls only had to forfeit 195, as it continues to get people back from injury. He said senior Ryan Callan filled in well at 182, winning two matches on the day.
It's all about moving forward, coach McMahon said.
"We've survived some crazy situations," he said. "Right now for us, it's all about keeping the bus on the road."