Marshall Rushton, Peyton Mocco and Juniel Vega all captured individual championships for the West Allis Hale wrestling team in its own Bauer Brawl on Jan. 7.
They helped catapult the Huskies to second place with 200 points in the 11-team tournament, which was won by Muskego with 202½ points. Kewaskum was a distant third place with 147 points.
Rushton, who improved to 28-4 on the season, topped Alex Deheck of Kewaskum by a 10-2 major decision to win his crown at 138 pounds. He had posted a 17-4 major decision and a pin in 5 minutes, 46 seconds in his earlier matches.
Mocco posts pins
Mocco (27-1), who is rated first in the state, pinned his 160-pound finals foe, Adam McNally of Muskego, in 4:43. He dropped his other two opponents in 3:33 and 2:19.
Vega (21-5) dropped Gavin McNally of Muskego in 58 seconds in his title match at 195. He won by pin in 1:19 in the semifinal and had a bye in the first round.
Finishing second for Hale were Charlie Wagner at 113 pounds (27-5 on the season), Alex Sino at 120 (22-7), Brandon Baltz at 132 (16-11), Bryan Jordan at 145 (20-9) and Justin Schroeder at 220 (18-11).
Dylan Allen (24-6) came in third at 182 pounds and Alex Loing (16-12) fifth at 126. Coming in sixth were Cody Kibler (18-12) at 152 and Dalton Wetley at heavyweight.
The Huskies finished in the top six in 12 of 13 weight classes, not competing at 106 pounds.,
Hale also downed neighbor Whitnall/Greendale, 43-31, in a nonconference dual meet on Jan. 5.
The winners included Vega, who pinned Jon Poulakos with 33 seconds left while trailing 11-10; Wagner with a second-period pin of Dom Wichgers; Mocco with a first-period pin of Radell Staples; Sino with a pin; and Allen with a 14-4 major decision for his 22nd victory of the season.
Whitnall/Greendale co-coach John Quinlan said the dual was decided by a few key matches.
"Co-coach Craig Austin and I were confident that we'd win at five weights and probably lose five and that the other four were toss-ups," Quinlan said. "That's kind of how it went. We didn't quite match up well enough in (the key matches). Give Hale credit; they (the Huskies) got pins where they needed to and came through."
Winners for Whitnall/Greendale included Reid Miller with a 13-4 major, Luke Leranth with a first-period pin, Sebastian Iverson with a pin in 5:32, Nathan Hensley with a pin in 3:43 for his 23rd victory of the season, Gabe Lewis with a 3-2 decision and Chip Hansen with a pin in 1:36 for his 18th triumph.
The Huskies next compete at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Sussex Hamilton. The Whitnall co-op met Pewaukee on Jan. 11 and will take part in the Brookfield Central Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.