Greendale edges New Berlin in final match

Published on: 1/16/2013

Greendale - Once again, the wrestling team pulled out a dual victory over New Berlin in the final match of the night.

The Panthers downed the combined squad, 39-33, in a Woodland Conference contest Jan. 9 when Jacob Rosen pinned his foe at 152 pounds in the closing match.

'It came down to the last match for the second year in a row, and we just needed a win,' head coach Robert LaPlante said. 'Jacob was our final wrestler and ended up getting a pin.'

Jared Rosen, Tommy Welch, Ronnie Weber, Chris Jankowski, Cameron Anders, Sam Walton and Dustin Donald also won.

'We came out prepared and eliminated some of the mistakes we have been making in the past,' LaPlante said.

Greendale then lost a 41-24 dual decision to Whitnall in a makeup meet Jan. 10, slipping to 2-4 in Woodland duals.

The Panthers tallied 172 points for second place in the Racine Case Invitational on Saturday.

Jared Rosen won his 106-pound weight class with a 3-0 record on a first-round bye and a pair of pins, including one in 31 seconds over Adrian Mercado of Kenosha Indian Trail in his final match. Rosen improved to 17-4 on the season.

Taking second were Thomas Welch (113 pounds), Erik Martinson (132) and Walton (145). Finishing third were Jacob Rosen (152) and Donald (160).

Coming in fourth were Brennan Mueller (126), Anders (138) and Christopher Phillips (220). Alex Rhode took fifth (heavyweight) and Chase Kendall sixth (170).

'We had a few kids out because of injury,' LaPlante said, 'but junior varsity kids stepped up and wrestled extremely well. All the kids have been working really hard in practice and focusing on improving every day, and it seems to be paying off.'

Greendale is next in the Lake Mills Duals at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Panthers will then take on Pius XI and Cudahy/St. Francis in a double dual at 7 p.m. Jan. 23.