A dual-meet victory on a tiebreaker and a solid third place at the Howard/Manley Duals in East Troy highlighted a wild week for the Whitnall/Greendale wrestling team.
The combination team won three duals at East Troy, including one over perennial power West Allis Central, to take third place in the 12-team field.
The team routed Woodland Conference foe Cudahy, 69-9, in a dual meet that counts in the league standings. Whitnall/Greendale also downed Kenosha Indian Trail, 51-26, and West Allis Central, 38-34, to start out 3-0 and go into the upper bracket.
The squad lost to Baraboo, 46-26, and eventual champion Milton, 51-27, to close out the day.
Nathan Hensley, who is returning to high school competition after missing last season with injury, went 5-0 at East Troy. John Poulakos, Chip Hansen and Reid Miller all were 4-1, and Gabe Lewis won three matches.
"We really got off to a good start," co-coach John Quinlan said. "For the most part, we're really pleased with the way the tournament went. Pulling off wins against Central and Indian Trail was huge for us. Everybody who competed had at least one win."
Against Cudahy, Whitnall/Greendale opened with five straight pins, a forfeit and two more pins before the Packers finally got on the board.
In the next dual, Whitnall/Greendale jumped to a 21-5 advantage over Indian Trail and coasted the rest of the way.
The local squad then took on West Allis Central and was boosted by pins from Riley Nugent, Hensley and Dominic Wichgers, plus major decisions from Hansen and Sebastian Iverson.
Miller tipped Central's Jake Schultz, 6-4, at 170 in what Quinlan called a pivotal match, and Nick Scarcello posted a 2-0 victory in the final match to seal the triumph.
Whitnall/Greendale then struggled against Baraboo and Milton, who took the top two spots in the tournament. Against Baraboo, Hensley recorded the only pin, and in the Milton dual, pins were scored by Garrett Ward, Dom Trimboli and Nugent.
Iverson sustained a leg injury against Baraboo and Scarcello a shoulder problem against Milton.
While the East Troy results were notable, a dual meet against Wauwatosa on Nov. 30 was certainly memorable.
The two conference foes went back and forth all evening, with Whitnall/Greendale taking a 15-0 lead on a pin by Miller in 1 minute, 24 seconds at 160 pounds, a pin by Trimboli in 2:22 at 170 and a 5-3 decision by Poulakos at 182.
Tosa came within 15-12 with two victories; then sophomore heavyweight Garrett Ward, in his first varsity match, rallied from a 5-0 deficit to pin his foe in 3:25 to give Whitnall/Greendale a 21-12 advantage.
Wauwatosa, though, won four of the next five matches to go ahead 33-24. The lone victory in that stretch for Whitnall/Greendale came from Hansen at 113, an 8-3 decision.
Hensley had the next match, at 138 pounds, and Quinlan figured he needed to post a pin for his team to win the dual. He came through, building a 14-2 lead and then pinning his foe in 2:40 to pull Whitnall/Greendale within 33-30.
Nugent secures tie
Whitnall/Greendale lost its next match to fall behind, 36-30, but at 152, Nugent posted a pin in 3:05 to knot the dual at 36-36.
The referee went to tiebreakers, and the teams were matched until the ninth tiebreaker, near-falls, which Whitnall/Greendale won for a 37-36 dual victory.
"That was the longest tiebreaker I've ever had," Quinlan said, "but it was definitely huge. Our kids came out and wrestled well."