Individual excellence shone through for the Greenfield and Whitnall/Greendale wrestling teams at the Woodland Conference Tournament on Feb. 4 at Whitnall.
The two squads combined for six championships, with the Hustlin' Hawks winning five of those to tie a school record that dates back to 1983.
Greenfield actually won the first four weight classes: Isiah Culp at 106 pounds, Michael Reyes at 113, Alex Schroeter at 120 and Max Andrade at 126 and later added Kevin Pollack's crown at 152 pounds.
"I am very proud of the way we wrestled," coach Mike Weller said. "The 10 wrestlers we brought to the tournament were competitive and aggressive. I thought all day, our guys were very good on our feet and were able to score the first takedown in the majority of our matches."
Whitnall/Greendale had one champion — Nathan Hensley at 132 pounds — and collected one second place and four third places.
Hawks take fourth
Greenfield finished fourth with 186 points and Whitnall/Greendale fifth with 146 points. The eight-team meet was won by Pewaukee with 225 points, and New Berlin took second at 192½ points.
For Greenfield, Culp posted a 13-3 major decision over Chip Hansen of Whitnall/Greendale in the 106 championship match. Hansen was attempting to defend last season's 106 crown.
In other finals, Reyes won an 8-2 decision over Andrew Radtke of Wauwatosa, Schroeter downed Jacob Duncan of Pewaukee, 7-5; Andrade topped Lathan Hay of Wauwatosa, 8-2; and Pollack defeated Ted Swanson of South Milwaukee, 8-4.
Hensley of Whitnall/Greendale topped Eric Halverson of Pewaukee, 5-1, to claim his 132 crown. Hensley claimed the 113-pound title two seasons ago and then sat out last season with an injury.
Hansen took the lone second place for Whitnall/Greendale, and third places went to Sebastian Iverson (126), Nick Scarcello (138), Reid Miller (160) and Jon Poulakos (182).
Miller lost a 6-5 decision to state-ranked Joey Miller of Pius XI and then won a major decision and a 6-4 sudden-victory match to take third.
Scarcello earned some revenge in his third-place match, scoring a 5-4 decision over DJ Muller of Pewaukee, who had beaten him earlier this season.
The match also enabled him to finish his career with a victory. Scarcello had previously decided not to compete in the WIAA tournament due to continuing shoulder problems.
Iverson and Poulakos both recorded a pair of pins en route to their third places.
Finishing third for Greenfield were Nate Schroeter (132), Mateo Arteaga (145) and Deven Guibord (220). Each wrestler finished 3-1 on the day.
Jayce Craig (195) took fourth place, and Jason Schilling (160) fifth place for the Hawks to round out their scoring.
For Whitnall/Greendale, Dom Trimboli grabbed fourth place at 170 pounds, and fifth places went to Dom Wichgers (113) and Luke Leranth (heavyweight).
Finishing sixth were Julian Cagle (145), Radell Staples (152), A.J. Arnold (195) and Clavin Staples (220).
Cagle, who was filling in at 145 for the ill Gabe Lewis, upset second-seeded Arteaga of Greenfield in his first match.
The Whitnall/Greendale wrestlers commemorated late teammate Colton Strupp, who died the previous week, with special warm-up T-shirts at the conference meet.
Regional this week
Both Greenfield and Whitnall/Greendale will be in a WIAA Division 1 regional meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at West Allis Hale.
"The hard work these guys have put in this year is starting to pay off," Greenfield's Weller said. "We're going to continue to work hard this week and try to ride this momentum into the regional."