With four pins and two received forfeits, Muskego's wrestling team took control early against Catholic Memorial. The Warriors earned seven pins in all to roll to a 64-12 dual meet victory over the Crusaders on Dec. 15.
Parker Belilacqua got Muskego off to a quick start by pinning Dominic Mudlaff in 1 minute, 1 second at 113 pounds. After Dale Kafura received a forfeit at 120 pounds, Tommy Wintheiser returned from a concussion to win by fall over Carson Fritz in 1:55.
Tyler Schanen received a forfeit at 132 pounds, while Tyler Huckstorf needed 1:15 to pin Jake Olejnik in 138 pounds to give the Warriors a 36-0 lead.
"We got the ball rolling with those four pins at the beginning," Muskego coach Sean Fortmann said. "For the most part, we were pretty much able to carry that through. There were a couple of matches that could have gone either way. We lost a couple of heartbreakers. Overall, just getting the tone set with those four pins really buried them before they had any chance to get momentum going.
"Tommy Wintheiser went out and wrestled very aggressively. It looked like he hadn't missed a beat. That was really, really good to see. He was one of those guys that set the tone on how the night was going to go. His teammates followed his lead."
Alex Reddick (1:53 at 145 pounds), Connor Schwartz (32 seconds at 182 pounds), Gavin McNally (5:10 at 195 pounds) and Jorin McGuire (50 seconds at 285 pounds) also pinned their opponents.
Adam McNally won 14-6 by major decision over Derek Sowinski at 160 pounds, and Alex Wintheiser received a forfeit at 106 pounds to close the dual. Ben Terloin dropped a 9-5 decision at 152 pounds, and Tyler Larsen fell in overtime in a 7-5 sudden victory at 170 pounds.
"I don't know if a lot of people know about Connor Schwartz because he has been out for a couple of years," Fortmann said. "He's been a very pleasant surprise for us. He's pinned everyone he's faced in the Classic 8 so far."
The Warriors, 2-1 in Classic 8 dual meets, will next wrestle at the Bi-State Invitational in LaCrosse on Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 30. Muskego's next dual meet is Thursday, Jan. 5, at Kettle Moraine.