Muskego's wrestling team opened its season with a 61-9 rout of Waukesha West in a Classic 8 dual meet on Dec. 1 before taking seventh place at the Gunslinger Invitational on Dec. 3 at Slinger High School.
The Warriors won eight of the 10 matches against the Wolverines, including receiving pins from Evan Sinda, Connor Schwartz, Jorin McGuire and Tommy Wintheiser. Muskego also received four forfeits, which ballooned the margin of victory.
"Waukesha West is a much better team than they were a year ago," Muskego coach Sean Fortmann said. "We knew they were going to have tougher wrestlers and that we would have to wrestle well. I thought our kids really stepped up for the first dual meet. We had a lot of kids wrestling their first varsity match. They responded to the challenge. We ended up taking care of business, but the score kind of got away from them."
Sinda pinned Ben Reed in 2 minutes, 38 seconds at 145 pounds. Schwartz got the fall over Nick Hanke at 182 pounds in 1 minute, 7 seconds, McGuire pinned Nick Marek in 1 minute, 13 seconds at 285 pounds and Wintheiser earned his pin over Daniel Reed at 132 pounds in 2 minutes, 47 seconds.
Alex Wintheiser grabbed an 8-0 major decision over Kamil Dawd at 106 pounds. At 126 pounds, Tyler Schanen came away with a 6-5 sudden victory in overtime over Austin Nguyen. Also winning for the Warriors were Adam McNally (3-2 at 152 pounds) and Tyler Larsen (7-2 at 160 pounds).
"Tyler Larsen started wrestling as a freshman for us and has been going through the system," Fortmann said. "We knew he had gotten a lot better, but I thought he wrestled really, really hard. He was the poster child for going hard for six minutes. He got tired but kept pushing.
"Another nice surprise for us was Connor Schwartz. He wrestled as a freshman and then took a couple of years off. We got him back this year. He's a lot bigger and a lot stronger. I thought that was neat to see him have success after the layoff of a couple of years."
Despite missing three key members of its lineup, Muskego scored 249.75 team points to come in seventh at the Gunslinger Invitational.
Gavin McNally and Alex Wintheiser each took second place in their weight classes. At 195 pounds, McNally went 3-1, falling 5-1 to South Milwaukee's Adam Jones in the first-place match. Wintheiser went 4-1 with three pins at 106 pounds to take second place behind Slinger's Gavin Skinner, who pinned the Muskego freshman in 1 minute, 11 seconds.
"It is a much better tournament (than it was last year)," Fortmann said. "We knew it was going to be a good test for us. We only wrestled with 11 guys. I thought it was positive. The kids all wrestled very hard. It was a good opportunity for us to see where we are at."
The Warriors received third-place finishes from Parker Bevilacqua (113 pounds), Adam McNally (152 pounds) and Schwartz (182 pounds).
Muskego will face conference-favorite Mukwonago in a Classic 8 dual meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 and will wrestle in the Battle on the Bay tournament at Bay Port High School on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Muskego boys swimming and diving
Muskego's boys swimming and diving team faced a daunting task in its first dual meet of the season. The Warriors fell, 106-76, on Dec. 1 to Arrowhead, a team expected to contend for a state championship.
"Nothing like starting off your conference dual meet season with against a state title contending team," Milton said. "However, we did not back down. I respect Arrowhead's power, but we were in their position a few years ago, and with continued hard work, I believe this team can hold its own come conference time.
"I want this team to believe that they have talent, but they must work to reach that level to compete. We have a group of swimmers at the JV level about to show depth for us also."
The Warriors did not have a first-place finish in the meet, but Warriors coach Larry Milton thought Ben Gabbey (200-yard IM) and Nathan Gupton (500 freestyle) swam strong races, while freshmen Liam Bangs and Nick Schuster are gaining experience in high-school swimming.
"Jack Rohlinger, Josh Paquette, Conner Andrews, Jonah Gibson, Ryan Fisher and Andrew Buelow continue to provide points, plus the emergence of Caleb Golden and Austin Hewitt is strengthening the lineup," Milton said.
New Berlin boys swimming and diving
New Berlin's co-op boys swimming and diving team dropped a Woodland Conference dual meet, 112-76, to Greenfield/Greendale/Pius on Nov. 30.
Dane Detert was New Berlin's lone individual winner, claiming first place in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.60 seconds. New Berlin also won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:37.08.
Ian Gatzke (200 IM), Detert (100 butterfly) and Matt Thomas (100 freestyle) all earned second-place finishes.