Tommy Wintheiser and Evan Sinda both went 5-0 for the Muskego wrestling team in the prestigious Zelinski Duals on Jan. 23 at Whitnall High School.
Wintheiser and Sinda helped the Warriors win three of five dual meets on the day for sixth place among the 16 teams. Mukwonago won the meet, followed by Stoughton.
'That was probably the best we have wrestled this month,' coach Sean Fortmann said. 'The kids competed hard and are starting to do the things we have been working on in practice, which is a good sign. We haven't wrestled our best yet, but we are coming together.'
Warriors top Merrill
Muskego opened the tournament with a 49-29 victory over Merrill but then dropped a 37-30 dual to West Allis Central.
The Warriors also fell to Beaver Dam, 36-35, but bounced back with victories over Whitnall/Greendale, 48-23, and Kenosha Bradford, 44-32.
'We lost a tough one to West Allis Central (which went on to finish fourth), but we hung in there, and it was not decided until the final match,' Fortmann said. 'Against Beaver Dam, we had some opportunities but gave up some team points in some matches. That was another tough one.
'We finished strongly, though, beating Whitnall/Greendale and a good Bradford team.'
Individually, Wintheiser was unbeaten at 120 and 126 pounds and Sinda at 132 and 138 pounds.
'Tommy didn't feel well, but he pushed through it, and to go 5-0 will give him confidence,' the coach said. 'Evan is wrestling well now and has just one loss to a really good wrestler from Oak Creek in the past three weeks.'
Going 4-1 were Parker Bevilacqua at 106; Gavin McNally at 160 and 170; Grant Balconi at 195; and Jorin McGuire at heavyweight.
Also finishing with a winning record at 3-2 were Addison Price (182) and Brian Schroeder (220). Every Muskego wrestler notched at least one victory.
'The guys are starting to come on at the right time, going into the (Classic 8) Conference meet and the (WIAA) regionals,' Fortmann said.
Muskego routs North
Muskego also posted a 58-16 Classic 8 Conference dual-meet victory over Waukesha North on Jan. 21.
Winners were Gavin McNally (12-3 decision) and Balconi, Schroeder, McGuire, Bevilacqua, Tyler Schanen, Wintheiser, Tyler Huckstorf, Sinda and Adam McNally, all by forfeit.
The Warriors take on Arrowhead at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in their final home meet of the season. Muskego will celebrate Alumni Night, and all former wrestlers are welcome to attend. There will be a reception after the meet at Alpine Lanes.