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New Berlin wrestling

New Berlin's wrestling team took sixth place at the Highlander Invitational on Jan. 20 at Homestead High School.

With 278.5 team points, New Berlin finished behind Oak Creek, Menomonee Falls, Kimberly, Burlington and Catholic Memorial at the 20-team tournament.

Mike Baumann won an individual championship at 145 pounds by going 5-0 with three pins. After receiving a first-round bye, Baumann pinned Nathan Russell of Port Washington in 4:55 and Dequan Davis of Milwaukee Bay View in 50 seconds. He reached the semifinals by pinning Oak Creek's Brandon Lenczner in 2:26 and claimed the crown with an 11-6 decision over Qwade Gehring of Burlington in the finals.

"I was really happy to see Mike Baumann win his first tournament title," New Berlin coach Patrick Detmer said. "He showed a ton of guts fighting his way through this tough tournament.  He looked really good on his feet in the championship match."

Jake Belongia took second place at 182 pounds, reaching the finals with three pins before falling, 6-4, to Burlington's Nate Crayton in a battle of state-ranked wrestlers in the championship match. Belongia entered the tournament ranked No. 7 and Crayton No. 8 in the 182-pound weight class.

Mike White (160 pounds) and Joey Scaffidi (170) each placed third in their respective weight classes. White fell, 9-3, to Reedsville's Riley Kasper in the semifinals before bouncing back with a 5-4 decision over Logan Lamas in the third-place match.

Scaffidi, ranked No. 8 at 170 pounds, was pinned by third-ranked Michael Burgireno in 27 seconds in the semifinals. He recovered to pin 12th-ranked Lance Otter of Burlington in 4:38 to take third and earn his 100th career win.

"I was very proud of him for the effort he put forth in a bracket that was loaded with state-ranked wrestlers," Detmer said. "Going 4-1 in that bracket was no easy task. He never gives up, he keeps fighting, it was a great scene for him that night."

Peter Katris took fourth at 138 pounds, and Jaron Radish was fifth at 195 pounds.

New Berlin West boys basketball

New Berlin West's boys basketball team fell, 69-45, to Greendale in a Woodland West game on Jan. 20.

The Panthers took a 28-19 lead into the locker room at halftime and outscored the Vikings, 41-26, in the second half to send New Berlin West to its seventh loss in its last eight games.

Fred Cottrell led the Vikings with 16 points, and Zach White added 10 points.

New Berlin West, which entered the week at 4-7 overall and 1-7 in the Woodland West, was scheduled to host Pius XI on Jan. 24. The Vikings will welcome in South Milwaukee at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

Muskego girls basketball

Muskego's girls basketball team had its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 48-25 loss to state-ranked Arrowhead on Jan. 20.

With the loss, the Warriors fell to 9-6 overall and 3-5 in the Classic 8 Conference.

Muskego hung around and trailed by just 4 points at 16-12 at halftime, but the Warhawks found their offense in the second half and pulled away. Arrowhead, ranked No. 6 in the Division 1 coaches poll, outscored the Warriors, 32-13, over the final 18 minutes.

Maddy Harrison led Muskego with 8 points, and Leah Bolskar scored 6 points.

After a nonconference game against Watertown (10-4, 5-2 Wisconsin Little Ten) on Jan. 24, the Warriors will host Waukesha West (7-7, 4-4 Classic 8) at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The Wolverines downed Muskego, 47-40, when the two teams met on Dec. 9.

New Berlin Marlins boys swimming

New Berlin Marlins boys swimming and diving took sixth place at the Kenosha Bradford Invitational on Jan. 21. The co-op scored 218 team points to finish behind Bay Port, Franklin, Greenfield-Greendale-Pius, Elkhorn and Kenosha Tremper at the 16-team event.

FMOW gymnastics

A change of scenery was a good thing for the Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall girls gymnastics team on Jan. 21, as the defending D1 state champion co-op took off for Niles, Illinois, and won an 18-team invitational.

"We had a good time seeing the Illinois schools," said coach Katie Moore. "It's always fun to compete against different teams. We see the teams in our conference so often at the local invites, so it's great for a change of pace. The format was four up, four count, so we didn't have the luxury of dropping a score. We had some great things happen at the meet.

"This time of the year we're looking to improve in specific areas and really come together as a team. We took some good steps this weekend."

FMOW was coming off a dramatic, season-best, 147-plus-point score the previous week. The judging was a bit tighter at this meet, so the marks weren't as high, but FMOW still came up with a winning total of 138.225. Maine South (Illinois) was second with 138.225, and Geneva (Illinois) was third with 136.828.

Krystal Nelson took the only first for FMOW, as she won the balance beam with a 9.425 mark. Teammate Isabelle Anderson was third with a 9.275, and Abigail Missiaen led a strong effort on the uneven bars with a third-place 8.775 effort. Nelson was sixth on the apparatus (8.65), and Becca Koronkowski was 10th (8.475).

In floor exercise, Elizabeth Missiaen was seventh with a 9.2 score, and Kathy Pecha was 11th on vault (9.1). Koronkowski was seventh in the all-around with a 34.025 mark.

Moore said it was a great effort, especially after a week of semester exams for the athletes.

They won't have much time to rest on their laurels, though, as they will head to Mukwonago on Thursday, Jan. 26, for a dual meet and then will take part in the Kenosha Invite on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Kenosha co-op is a strong Southeast Conference rival for FMOW, was state runner-up last season and has also posted a large score this season.

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