Despite having a smaller lineup, the Whitnall/Greendale wrestlers snared third place at the Manawa Invitational on Jan. 2.
The combined squad had no entries in three weight classes and a group made up of both varsity regulars and some promoted from the junior varsity for the tournament. Whitnall/Greendale had already been hit by injuries and had other wrestlers absent due to holiday commitments.
The local team tallied 143 points to finish behind only Antigo with 1651/2 points and Oconto with 165 in the 16-team event.
Whitnall/Greendale was led by five medalists, including Angelo Arnold, who took second at 195 pounds.
Arnold, a junior with virtually no varsity experience, won his first match, 7-1, and then prevailed by a 10-9 count. He was pinned by the eventual tournament winner but rallied with a 5-1 decision in the final round to secure second place.
'AJ did a good job,' co-coach John Quinlan said. 'He really benefited by being there for practices over the Christmas break.'
Earning third places were Chase Kendall at 220 pounds with a pair of first-period pins, Matt Patterson at 138 with two major decisions and Reid Miller at 152 with a first-period pin in the third-place match.
Also taking third was Seth Nowak at 126 pounds, who topped teammate Riley Nugent, 9-4. This tournament enables multiple wrestlers from a team to compete in the same class.
Nugent, another wrestler with limited varsity time, went 4-1 on the day, with the one loss to Nowak. Nugent posted two pins and a major decision in claiming fifth place.
Taking fourth were John Poulakos (170), LaShaun Dobbie (145) and Chip Hansen (106). Coming in fifth were Dom Trimboli (160), Gabe Lewis (132) and Sebastian Iverson (113). Julian Cagle posted a pin and decision at 145 pounds.
'This was an opportunity for the guys to show what they had,' Quinlan said. 'The kids who were here over the break showed they were ready for their first chances on the varsity level.'
Whitnall/Greendale competes in the Whitewater Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.