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New Berlin wrestling

While a team regional title slipped through its grasp, New Berlin wrestling still had a successful day Feb. 11 at the WIAA Division 1 regional at Brookfield Central.

New Berlin qualified 10 wrestlers through to sectionals at West Allis Central on Feb. 18, with Mike Baumann, Jake Belongia and Jaron Radish winning individual regional championships. However, the co-op could not duplicate its team performance from the Woodland Conference tournament, where it finished ahead of rival Wauwatosa.

Wauwatosa won its sixth consecutive team regional title with 196 team points, followed by New Berlin with 183 points, Waukesha South with 174.5 points and Brookfield East with 164.5 points.

"It was disappointing that we did not come away with the regional championship," New Berlin coach Patrick Detmer said. "We knew it would take another great effort from all of our kids throughout the whole day in order to win it. We had a lot of matches go our way last week that helped us edge Tosa. Those breaks didn't go our way (at regionals), and Tosa wrestled really well, especially with all its champions in the lower weights. Still, I feel like a lot of our kids wrestled really well and are prepared for next weekend."

Baumann (35-7) collected two quick pins and a major decision to win the regional title at 145 pounds. He earned falls in 33 seconds and 43 seconds before earning a 10-0 win over Brent Ehrhardt of Waukesha South in the finals.

After spending most of the season at 182 pounds, where he is ranked seventh in the state, Belongia (34-1) wrestled at 170 pounds at regionals. He collected pins in 26 seconds and 2:57 to reach the finals, where he won a 3-1 decision over eighth-ranked Michael Burgireno of Kettle Moraine.

"Jake Belongia wrestled one of the best matches I've ever seen from him," Detmer said. "He stayed in really good position and did everything he needed to win his finals match."

Radish (36-8) also bumped up a weight class to 182 pounds. He received a bye in the quarterfinals before reaching the finals with a pin in 1:25. Radish then pulled out a 15-13 decision over Jacob Mandella of Brookfield East to win the title.

Peter Katris (138 pounds), Joey Scaffidi (160) and Mike White (152) advanced to sectionals with second-place finishes.

Other sectional qualifiers for New Berlin included Rob Snyder (third at 113 pounds), Max Lewis (fourth at 126), Zach Leverenz (fourth at 195) and Zach Hansen (third at 285).

"I was really happy for Zak Leverenz," Detmer said. "He's been a varsity wrestler the past three years for us, but has had a hard time cracking our varsity lineup this year.  It was great to see him make the most of his opportunity and win his first match to lock up a berth."

Muskego wrestling

Led by individual regional titles by Parker Bevilacqua, Evan Sinda and Jorin McGuire, Muskego wrestling advanced nine through to the West Allis Central sectional at a WIAA Division 1 regional at West Allis Hale on Feb. 11.

The Warriors took third place as a team with 157.5 points. Waterford ran away with the team title with 246.5 points, with Mukwonago taking second with 187.5 points.

"Given all the injuries we dealt with the week before and not accomplishing our team goals at the conference tournament, I thought we did a nice job of refocusing on the individual aspect," Muskego coach Sean Fortmann said. "We kind of survived and got through nine guys that will live to wrestle another week."

Bevilacqua pinned Josh Deboth of Waterford in 33 seconds in the semifinals at 106 pounds before earning a 10-2 major decision over Chip Hansen of Whitnall/Greendale in the finals. At 138 pounds, Sinda won 4-0 over Gabe Lewis of Whitnall/Greendale in the semifinals. He then downed Brandon Harrison of Mukwonago in the finals with a 10-2 major decision.

McGuire took the crown at 285 pounds to earn the third regional championship of his career. He pinned Prentiss Johnson of West Allis Central in 54 seconds to reach the finals, where he won 3-2 over EJ Mastrocola of Waterford in a battle of state-ranked wrestlers. McGuire is No. 6 and Mastrocola received honorable mention in the latest 285 poll.

Ben Terlion (third at 145 pounds), Adam McNally (third at 160), Connor Schwartz (third at 182), Gavin McNally (third at 195), Hunter Albrecht (fourth at 113) and Alex Lai (fourth at 126) also moved on to sectionals.

"We had quite a few wrestle-offs this week because of the injury situation," Fortmann said. "We had four guys compete that wrestled the majority of the year on our JV squad. Two of those guys -- Alex Lai and Hunter Albrecht -- moved on to next week. I was happy for those two. It shows we have depth on our team."

Muskego boys basketball

Muskego's boys basketball team went 2-0 last week, holding on for a 74-73 victory over Kettle Moraine on Feb. 7 and earning a 79-63 win over Waukesha South on Feb. 10.

After edging the Lasers in overtime in the teams' first meeting on Dec. 20, Muskego went 21 for 23 from the free-throw line to help another close lead stand up.

A.J. Makinen scored 21 points to lead Muskego, and Will Herald added 17 points, and the two combined to hit 16 of 16 free-throw attempts. Luke Horozewski had 14 points, and Stu Vent and Ben Schaefer each chipped in with 9 points.

The Warriors used a big first half to beat the Blackshirts, as they took a 36-22 lead into the break.

Horozewski led Muskego with 23 points. Vent scored 18 points, Makinen had 14 points and Herald added 13 points.

The two wins improved the Warriors to 16-3 overall and 9-3 in the Classic 8 Conference, one game ahead of Catholic Memorial for second place. Muskego was scheduled to host Franklin in a nonconference game Feb. 14 before traveling to face Waukesha North at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

New Berlin West boys basketball

New Berlin West dropped a pair of games last week, falling 88-68 to Pewaukee on Feb. 7 before losing to Wauwatosa West on Feb. 10, 89-78.

Despite the Pewaukee game getting away in the second half, there were positives for a much-improved Vikings team. New Berlin West hung with the state-ranked Pirates for a good portion of the first half before the game began to slip away just before halftime.

Fred Cottrell scored 18 points to lead New Berlin West, while freshman guard Desmond Polk continued to show his improvement with 14 points.

New Berlin West fell behind at halftime, 34-19, against Tosa West and could not recover, despite outscoring the Trojans, 59-55, after the break.

Junior guard Joe Robey returned after an eight-game absence due to a leg injury to score 23 points. Senior guard Zach White knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, and Cottrell added 19 points.

The losses dropped New Berlin West to 7-11 overall and 3-11 in the Woodland West. The Vikings were scheduled to play at Lake Country Lutheran on Feb. 15 before hosting Eisenhower at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

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