The Hamilton wrestling team was able to adjust its lineup Thursday to help it win over Brookfield East, 48-21. At 170 pounds, Grant Gorski trailed early in the first period after a takedown but turned a reversal into back points and eventually earned the pin 4 minutes, 52 seconds into the match.
'You're going out there and wrestling your match, as soon as you let your guard down, they're going to take advantage of it and you're going to lose,' HHS coach Doug Pulvermacher said. 'It doesn't matter how good you are or how bad you are, you have to be ready and focused and ready to wrestle. Grant went out there, ready to go.'
The pin made it 39-21 and with two matches remaining, clinched the dual meet for the Chargers.
'I was having a little bit of trouble in the neutral position,' Gorski said. 'After that, the initial takedown kind of got my adrenaline going. Then I started to hit my stuff, one move after the other.'
One match later at 182, Ben Sciortino also earned a pin (2:54).
'I thought Sciortino looked as good as he has all year,' Pulvermacher said.
An injury on the varsity roster moved up freshman Alex Glatz, who filled in at 195. The dual-meet win was secure, but Glatz impressed Pulvermacher with his 5-3 victory in the final match of the night. It was Glatz's first varsity win of his career.
At 132, Dustin Griepentrog gave up a takedown in the first period but escaped and had his opponent on his back briefly. Griepentrog, who's 5-0 in Greater Metro Conference matches, used a takedown and three-point nearfall to help lock down the 8-3 win. Griepentrog also showcased his riding ability in the entire third period.
'He's somebody who's only been wrestling for two years,' Pulvermacher said of the senior. 'He's somebody that works hard, practices, wrestles, and just does a great job. He's just a great kid.'
Jake Macaluso made quick work at 285 with a pin in 1:18. Owen Gorges got a pin as well in 1:45 at 145.
With the dual-meet victory, Hamilton improved to 4-1.