The going was tough for West Allis wrestlers at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament last weekend in Madison.
Only West Allis Hale senior Oliver Arena was able to win more than one match in the annual competition at the Kohl Center.
Arena, who finished 37-9 on the season, picked up a 1-0 decision over Jordan Weinzetl of Kimberly (33-6) in his opening match at 145 pounds on Feb. 25.
Arena then dropped a tough 5-4 decision to Jake Morgan of Wilmot (40-2) later that day in the quarterfinals.
He went to consolation action and won his first match on a forfeit and then lost a 13-4 major decision to Marshall Jeppeson of Bay Port (28-16) to end his state action.
Winning one match each were senior Tyus White of West Allis Central (38-4) at 120 pounds and senior Mauricio Cardoso, also of Central (35-6), at 138 pounds.
White, the 2014 state champion and 2015 state runner-up, started the tournament with a 6-3 decision over Tanner Schultz of Holmen (41-8) but then dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to Ty Lee of Kaukauna (43-6) in the quarterfinals.
That loss sent him into the consolation rounds, where he lost a 6-4 match to Kaleb Louis of Stoughton (46-10).
Cardoso won his opener, an 8-6 decision over Brady Shulfer of Bay Port (30-6), and then lost a 5-2 decision to Jake Deates of Kenosha Bradford/Reuther (35-11).
He lost his consolation match, a 3-2 overtime decision to Ryan Merkel of Hamilton (42-4), to end his run.
Central sophomore Quentin Brown (31-9) lost his first match at 106 pounds, 3-2, to Mitchell Anderson of Hudson (36-11), and when Anderson lost his next match, Brown was denied a wrestleback.
Hale sophomore Peyton Mocco (35-7) lost his 132-pound opener with an 8-3 decision to Josh Hickey of Cedarburg (41-4) and then fell, 5-2, to Marco Infusino of Kenosha Bradford/Reuther (32-5).
Central coach Jon Nelson acknowledged that the state results were disappointing but praised his wrestlers who made it to Madison.
'I am happy to have Tyus as a two-time state finalist and state champion in his career and Mauricio as a two-time state qualifier,' Nelson said. 'I am also happy that Quentin got the experience at the state level.'
The Bulldogs had a good season, finishing unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference dual meets and second to WIAA state team tournament qualifier Menomonee Falls in the conference tournament. The Huskies wound up fourth in the GMC Tournament.