Two New Berlin West/Eisenhower wrestlers were undefeated at the Merrill Northern Exposure Tournament on Dec. 29 and 30, and the team finished the tournament on a positive note by winning their pool.
New Berlin's undefeated wrestlers (7-0) were Jake Belongia and Jaron Radish, while Joe Scaffidi finished 6-1.
'Overall, I was happy to see us come out of the tournament with a winning record,' coach Patrick Detmer said. 'It was a great experience for our guys to see some great wrestling with teams from around the state of Wisconsin. The time they got to spend together on the bus and in the hotel room was equally important in our growth as a team.'
Detmer was pleased with a 4-3 record and finishing on a positive note the second day.
'I was happy with how we ended the tournament by winning our pool and finishing 2-0,' he said. 'We were much more prepared to wrestle. Rob Snyder, Peter Katris and Mike White all won really tight matches that proved to be pivotal in our victory over Menomonie.
'It was also good to see us pick up the pins when we needed them in this dual. Jacob Reyes, Tony Scaffidi, Mike Baumann and Cam Jakubowski all picked up big wins to help us secure our last win of the day over Merrill.'
Menomonie, Merrill fall
On day two, New Berlin defeated Menomonie, 37-33, and Merrill, 44-29, to win their fourth bracket.
The locals had three pins in their win over Menomonie: Joe Scaffidi at 160 (0:48), Belongia at 182 (1:00) and Tony Scaffidi at 120 (0:41).
Radish at 195 won a major decision (12-1), and winning by decisions were Rob Snyder at 106 (7-5), Peter Katris at 132 (2-1) and Mike White at 145 (3-2). Winning by forfeit was Brenton Kryszak at 170.
In the victory over Merrill, there were three wrestlers who won by a fall in Belongia (1:02), Tony Scaffidi (2:37) and Mike Baumann at 138 (5:15).
Winning a technical fall was Cameron Jakubawski at 152 (17-2), while White (9-7) and Joe Scaffidi (7-5) won by decisions.
Jacob Reyes at 113 earned a sudden victory with a takedown in overtime(6-4), and Radish and Snyder won by forfeit.
On the first day, New Berlin lost to Eau Claire North, West Allis Central and East Troy and beat Manawa and the Grizzles.
Eau Claire North won, 54-18, as New Berlin got pins from Joe Scaffidi (3:48) and Belongia (0:30) and decisions from Baumann (6-3) and Radish (3-1).
New Berlin defeated Manawa, 71-6, in their second match and earned pins from Peter Katris at 132 (0:23), Baumann (1:48), White (0:37), Jakubawski (0:29), Belongia (2:21), Zach Hansen at 220 (2:30) and Tony Scaffidi (0:21).
Joe Scaffidi won by a technical fall (16-0), and Zach Leverenz at 195 (8-4) and Devin Pawlowski at 126 (10-8) earned decisions.
Three New Berlin wrestlers won by forfeits: Radish, Brandon Athas at 285 and Nathan Curci at 113.
New Berlin defeated the Grizzles, 67-9, in the third round.
Tyler LeBlanc at 138 (0:15), White (0:18), Joe Scaffidi (0:41), Kryszak (0:55) and Tony Scaffidi (0:26) won by pinning their opponents.
Curci won by a major decision (10-2), and Pawlowski won by decision (8-6).
Winning by forfeit were Jakubawski, Radish, Hansen, Athas and Snyder.
A powerful West Allis Central team won the fourth match, 53-18.
Belongia won by a pin (1:36), as did Hansen (2:53), and Joe Scaffidi (7-5) and Radish (5-3) won by decisions.
In the final match of the day, NBEW lost a heartbreaker to East Troy, 37-36.
Belongia won by a pin (4:00), and Jakubawski (6-1) and White (10-7) won by decisions.
Four wrestlers won by forfeits in Radish, Athas, Pawlowski and Brandon Scott at 138.
'The first day was a challenge for us,' Detmer said. 'We ran into some really solid teams in Eau Claire North and West Allis Central. Our loss to East Troy at the end of the day was frustrating. It's always tough when you lose a dual meet by a point because you know you could've and should've had a different outcome. In this case, we gave up way too many pins (5) and didn't pick up the extra bonus points where we needed them. It's a credit to East Troy, though; they did exactly what they needed to do.'