With his team needing him to record a pin, Rob Snyder came through.
Snyder's pin at 120 pounds left New Berlin's dual meet with Whitnall/Greendale tied at 32-32. It then took to the eighth tiebreaking criterion — most first points scored — to break the tie in favor of New Berlin, moving the Eisenhower and West co-op to 8-0 in dual meets on the season.
"This was a true team victory," New Berlin coach Patrick Detmer said. "We talked about it all week in practice how it would take a total team effort to win this dual, and that's what happened. We knew it would be close and that everyone would have to either fight for bonus points or save them in their matches. Our kids responded in spectacular fashion."
A pin, a forfeit and a decision left New Berlin in a 13-0 hole.
Peter Katris got New Berlin going with an 11-9 win over Riley Nugent at 145 pounds. Mike Baumann followed with a 10-0 major decision over Julian Cagle at 152 pounds and Mike White earned a 14-2 major decision over Reid Miller at 160 pounds to bring New Berlin to within 13-11.
"We weathered the storm early against some of their better wrestlers," Detmer said. "To only be down 13-0 after the first three matches, in retrospect, meant a lot for us. We then got some momentum going, Mike White and Mike Baumann did a great job of picking up extra points, and Zach Hansen came up with a huge pinfall to put us up six with three matches to go."
Down 17-11, Joey Scaffidi received a forfeit at 182 pounds and Jaron Radish picked up a 7-2 win over John Poulakos at 195 pounds, giving New Berlin a 20-17 lead. Whitnall/Greendale tied the match at 20-20 thanks to a 6-5 win by Angelo Arnold at 220 pounds. Zach Hansen then pinned Cysco Rodriguez in 33 seconds at 285 pounds to make it 26-20 in favor of New Berlin.
Whitnall/Greendale then recorded consecutive pins at 106 and 113 pounds to go up 32-26 with one match left. Snyder answered the challenge of needing a fall, pinning Sam Thiele in 3 minutes, 19 seconds to end the dual meet in a tie.
"I couldn't have been happier for him," Detmer said. "He's a kid who has stuck with it after his first two years, taken some lumps along the way and has turned himself into a quality wrestler. It was a great night for him to be the hero for us."
With each team having seven wins, three pins and two major decisions, the tiebreaker came down to the team that scored first in the most matches. Although New Berlin lost at 138 and 220 pounds, it scored first in both of those matches.
"I preached that to the kids afterward that even if they lost, everyone who competed tonight had an important role in tonight's victory," Detmer said. "If we don't get those first points or someone else gives up an extra team point or pinfall, the dual goes the other way. I couldn't have been more proud of the way we competed in a tight situation."
New Berlin was slated to participate in the E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central on Dec. 16 and 17, but inclement weather prevented it from attending.