There was no easing into the season for the New Berlin wrestling team.
The co-op won dual meets on consecutive days, downing South Milwaukee on Nov. 30 and Madison West on Dec. 1 before placing third at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational on Dec. 3.
New Berlin opened up its Woodland Conference dual meet season with a 46-15 rout of South Milwaukee.
Led by pins from Mike Baumann, Jake Belongia and Donoven Acevedo, New Berlin won eight of the 12 matches wrestled.
Baumann pinned Nathan Rodriguez in 3 minutes at a 152 pounds, Belongia earned his pin over Dakota Scott in 2 minutes, 57 seconds at 182 pounds and Acevedo pinned Ty Spaltholz at 220 pounds in 1 minute, 21 seconds.
Joey Scaffidi picked up a 15-4 major decision over Antonio Castillo at 170 pounds. Also winning for New Berlin were Mike White (6-3 at 160 pounds), Zach Hansen (3-0 at 285 pounds), Rob Snyder (4-2 at 120 pounds) and Peter Katris (10-5 at 145 pounds).
"I thought we took a good first step," New Berlin coach Patrick Detmer said. "Baumann, White, Scaffidi and Belongia got us off to a fast start, and we kept the pressure on all night."
Winning five of the nine matches, New Berlin had four pins and a major decision victory in a 58-23 road win over Madison West.
"It was good to get out of the area and wrestle someone else," Detmer said. "We got to stop at the Kohl Center to motivate our kids to get back there for the state tournament. Overall, it was a successful night."
Tony Scaffidi pinned Ben Ryan in 50 seconds at 132 pounds, and Joey Scaffidi earned the fall over Harrison Schreiber at 170 pounds in 55 seconds. Belongia pinned Sam Mohoney at 182 pounds in 1 minute five seconds, while Jaron Radish needed just seven seconds to pin Evan Brandt at 195 pounds.
White downed David Maravilla, 12-2, at 160 pounds for a major decision.
Wisconsin Lutheran invite
With 254 points, New Berlin finished third behind defending WIAA Division 2 runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran (276 points) and Germantown (256 points).
Joey Scaffidi (170 pounds) and Belongia (182 pounds) took first place to win tournament championships in their weight classes.
Belongia won all five of his matches by pin, while Joey Scaffidi collected three pins.
Noah Stiller (106 pounds), Tony Scaffidi (132 pounds), Katris (145 pounds), Baumann (152 pounds) and White (160 pounds) all came in second place.
"It was good for us to step up the competition with the defending Division 2 state runner-up and a very physical Germantown team," Detmer said. "We lost a few really close matches that kept us out of second place."