Simply put, Menomonee Falls senior wrestler Josh McMahon knows where his meals come from.
When asked what weight class he'll wrestle at in the upcoming WIAA state series of meets, he just laughed and said, "Wherever my dad tells me to."
"Dad" is Indians coach Jim McMahon, who happily watched his team win its second Greater Metro Conference dual meet title in three years with a 54-18 victory over rival Sussex Hamilton on Falls' senior night Thursday.
Josh McMahon, who scored an impressive pin wrestling up two classes at 170 pounds, said it was about more than just the nine seniors on the roster; it was also about maintaining a standard that has included three GMC tournament titles in the last four years.
"This was awesome," he said. "We've been working hard for this. It's nice that it ended in a good way. But, though it was nice for us as seniors, this was also about the underclassmen who really wanted it for us and helped us get it done. In the end, it's about all 14 guys on the team and not just the seniors."
The win allowed the Indians to finish the GMC dual meet season at 6-0. They will now look to defend their GMC tournament title Friday, Feb. 3, at Sussex Hamilton.
Jim McMahon said the team has a healthy sense of "we" that has helped propel iit forward.
"(The title) is fun for our kids," said Jim McMahon. "It's all for them. A lot of hard work went into this, and these kids have been friends and teammates for a long time. We're just so happy that it worked out so well because at the beginning of the year, we thought we had a team capable of winning the conference title. It's always going to be a challenge, and we're so glad the kids stuck it out and made it work. But they also know this is just the first of a couple of things we want to check off starting next weekend (with conference)."
Eric Wunsch, another senior who recorded a technical fall in his victory at 138, agreed.
"Winning conference is a great feeling for us and lots of fun," he said, "but we're treating this like any other year. The goals are the same: win conference, regional, sectional. We'll attack them the same way we always do."
The seniors for the Indians did their part against Hamilton. Aside from Josh McMahon and Wunsch, other seniors who recorded victories for the Indians included Austin Lasanske at 132 (pin 2:49), Donald Eruchalu at 195 (pin 2:58), Brandon Schaefer at 220 (forfeit) and Matt Anderson at 126 (13-3 major decision). Another encouraging thing for the Indians is that the 2016 state qualifier Schaefer, who has missed most of the season with a knee injury, would have been ready to go if he actually had needed to wrestle.
Falls began with wins from Lasanske, Wunsch and sophomore Noah Dakouras at 145 (pin 1:41) for a 17-0 lead and never trailed.
Other victories were earned by junior Logan Fallon at 285 (4-2 decision), freshman Ethan Pogorzelski at 106 (forfeit) and junior Alec Lind at 113 (forfeit).
Hamilton picked up wins from Dylan Klemstein at 152 (pin 3:15), Jesse Fryda at 160 (9-3 decision), Geno Giovannini at 182 (2-1 decision) and Chad Holzem at 120 (pin 1:13).
"It was a tough match for us," said Chargers coach Rob Schoner, whose team finished 3-3 in GMC duals. "We wrestled a lot of young guys tonight, but our seniors (Klemstein, Fryda and Giovannini included) stepped up and wrestled well. We're looking forward to the conference tournament to see if we can win some medals and peak at the right time."
Meanwhile, Falls will continue to work on its checklist.
"This was a pretty emotional night (being senior night)," said Lasanske. "It was pretty sad, but we were glad to finish it off as well as we did. We just wanted to make sure we did it the right way. We'll take this one piece at a time. We're glad we got this taken care of, but now we'll move on to the next piece."
Coach McMahon has confidence in this team.
"It's a great group of guys," he said. "It doesn't always work out for groups like this, but we're just so proud of them for keeping it all together."