Neither snow, winds nor cold could keep the E.H. Stech wrestling tournament from completing its usual rounds.
The tournament at the West Allis Central field house named for the legendary coach was hit hard by the weekend snowstorm, with the Dec. 16 schedule wiped out and the field falling to 10 teams for a modified version of the event on Dec. 17.
Despite all that, the tournament was deemed a success by Central coach Jon Nelson.
"The tournament ran well, considering a lot of schools could not come due to districts canceling not only Friday but Saturday activities," Nelson said. "We had 10 teams make it. The tournament ran smoothly, and I was proud of the way the Central wrestlers wrestled and the way they and their families and friends worked together to host the tournament.
"Between shoveling at 6 a.m., making changes to the format of the tournament, the concessions, the pancake breakfast and hosting lunch, they all stepped up to host another great tournament."
Nelson's Central team wound up third with 160 points, trailing Waterford with 247 points and Coleman with 227 points. Greenfield took sixth place with 120 points and Whitnall/Greendale seventh with 110.
The lone local champion was Whitnall/Greendale's Nathan Hensley at 132 pounds.
Hensley (16-0 on the season) tipped Jake Baldwin of Coleman (10-1) by a 6-5 decision in the title match. Hensley rallied from a 5-1 deficit to top Baldwin, who was rated third in the state Division III list.
Hensley pinned Devin Dietrich of Central in 1 minute, 35 seconds in the semifinal after posting a 17-3 major decision and taking a bye in the earlier rounds.
He won the Most Valuable Wrestler award, becoming the first competitor from either Whitnall or Greendale to capture that honor. He is also the first Greendale wrestler to win a title at the Stech since Scott Baldwin in 1980.
Gabe Lewis (11-2) took second place for Whitnall/Greendale at 138 pounds, falling to Cole Acker of Wauwatosa, 4-1, in the title match. Lewis' only two defeats this season have both come to Acker. In his semifinal, Lewis won a 13-0 major decision.
Central notched a pair of second places: Dustin Diebitz (9-2) at 182 pounds and Jeff LeFlore (9-3) at 195 pounds.
Diebitz lost a major decision in his final match, and LeFlore dropped a 7-5 sudden-victory decision in his title bout. In semifinal action, Diebitz posted a pin in 3:48 and LeFlore a pin in 4:20.
Taking second for Greenfield were Isiah Culp (8-2 at 106) and Michael Reyes (11-4 at 113).
Culp dropped a major decision and Reyes a 7-1 decision in their title matches. In the semifinals, Culp pinned a Germantown foe in 29 seconds, and Reyes beat Cody Welker of Waterford, 5-2.
"Culp was very impressive in his semifinal victory, and Reyes defeated a foe who is currently rated eighth in state in Division 1," Greenfield coach Mike Weller said.
Schroeter gets revenge
Earning third for Central were Edwin Jiminez-Perez (120), Josef Gerhartz (152) and Darrius Adkins (220).
Placing third for Greenfield were Max Andrade (126) and Nate Schroeter (132). Schroeter lost to then-unbeaten Isaac Riddle of Germantown in the quarterfinal but came back to beat him, 7-4, in the third-place match.
Snaring third for Whitnall/Greendale were Chip Hanson (106) and Dom Trimboli (170).
Taking fourth for Central were Jake Schultz (170) and Prentiss Johnson (heavyweight). Capturing fourth for Whitnall/Greendale were Reid Miller (160) and Jon Poulakos (182).
Coming in fourth for Greenfield were Alex Schroeter (120), Mateo Arteaga (145), Kevin Pollack (152) and Deven Guibord (220).
Snaring fifth were Carson Matysik (113) and Alex DeJesus (138), both of Central.
Claiming sixth were Richard Talsky (126) and Dietrich (132) of Central and Dom Wichgers (113), Riley Nugent (145) and Colton Strupp (220) of Whitnall/Greendale.
Greenfield competed against Middleton earlier this week and is off until the new year. Whitnall/Greendale also had a dual earlier and is not scheduled to compete until 2017, and Central is in a tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28 and 29.