In one huge week, the Greenfield wrestling team picked up some payback over its chief rival and then its first invitational crown in some years.
The Hustlin' Hawks went 5-0 to win the Plymouth Duals on Jan. 9, three days after an impressive 53-12 dual-meet victory over Whitnall/Greendale in Woodland Conference action.
'We have a great group of seniors this year, which has really been keeping the team together and motivating the younger wrestlers to work up to their potential every day,' coach Chris Otto said. 'This leadership has been the main driving force for the Greenfield team to be successful this year.'
Wrestlers dominate foes
Greenfield easily won all five duals at Plymouth, downing Elkhart Lake, 47-19; Weyauwega-Fremont, 60-15; Brookfield Central, 60-18; Sheboygan North, 72-8; and Plymouth, 43-18.
'The wrestlers were excited after going 5-0 and defeating our opponents by a total of 282-78,' Otto said. 'This is my fourth year as head coach, and this is the first title that we as a team have won. We have had many second places, but it was a great accomplishment for the team to take home first place.'
Going 5-0 for the tournament were Nick Pollack at 138 pounds, Kevin Pollack at 145 pounds and Tre'Vaughn Craig at 160 pounds.
Craig improved to 25-0 on the season.
'Tre'Vaughn has a couple of things he still needs to work on, but one thing he has is the desire to wrestle the best kids in the state, and that cannot be coached,' Otto said. 'It is something Tre has in his hard wiring, and it is contagious to the younger wrestlers who watch him.'
Finishing 4-1 at Plymouth were Deven Guibord (195), Sharan Preet Singh (heavyweight), Michael Reyes (113), Alex Schroeter (120), Nate Schroeter (126), Mateo Arteaga (132) and Diego Arteaga (170).
Also posting winning records at 3-2 were Isiah Culp (106) and Dylan Kumbera (152).
Weyauwega-Fremont wound up second with a 4-1 mark in the championship bracket, followed by Plymouth (3-2) and Elkhart Lake (2-3).
Gain revenge on rival
Just as exciting for the Hawks last week was the dual victory over Whitnall/Greendale on Jan. 6.
'The Greenfield wrestlers have had this date marked on their calendars since we walked out of the Whitnall gym last year (after a 55-12 defeat),' Otto said. 'The loss last year was something the kids used as motivation going into this week, and they competed the same way they have all year — confident, tactical and aggressive. It was a sweet victory for the team, and I was proud of our wrestlers' performances.'
Winners were Culp (7-5), Reyes (10-4), Alex Schroeter (forfeit), Mateo Arteaga (11-2), Nick Pollack (9-3), Kevin Pollack (10-0), Kumbera (6-5), Craig (pin in 3:56), Diego Arteaga (pin in 3:52), Guibord (12-8), Ryan Wasielewski at 220 (forfeit) and Singh (forfeit).
Greenfield improved to 3-1 in Woodland dual meets this season.
In addition, the Hawks had four wrestlers qualify for a state junior varsity tournament: Alejandro Laboy, Alexander Wieczorek, Maxsim Andrade and Wesley Pilak. They will compete on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Wausau West High School.
'As a head coach, I often have to pinch myself because the wrestlers show up to practice with great attitudes and are always striving to get better,' Otto said. 'They are great ambassadors for the Greenfield community.'