The Case High School wrestling team might have a younger and less experienced squad than most. But performances like the Eagles had during Saturday’s Bauer Brawl at West Allis Nathan Hale High School are a reason to feel excited about their progress.
Led by Gavin Gutman and Carter Leiber, Case earned two class victories at the 16-team invitational and finished ninth overall.
“It was a good day for us,” Case coach David Edwards said. “They’re just kids. We’re young. But over half of our guys have winning records. We’re getting our experience.”
Gutman, who was also the starting quarterback for Case’s football team, secured three pins en route to winning the 195-pound bracket. He first pinned Lake County Lutheran’s Ben Dudek in 19 seconds. Gutman followed that quick win with another one in the semifinals — pinning Kenosha Christian Life’s Dequavion Pinter in 58 seconds.
In the 195 final, Gutman squared off with Chuy Medina of Watertown Luther Prep. Medina entered the match with an 11-0 record. Gutman pinned him in 2:47. The perfect day for Gutman improved his record to 19-4. Thirteen of his victories have come from pins.
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“Gavin is wrestling really good,” Edwards said. “It’s his confidence. He’s not afraid to go in there and mix it up against top competition.”
Leiber’s efforts at 126 gave Case its second class victory. Leiber didn’t have the quick matches or pins as Gutman, but he was always in control.
Leiber won 9-6 in the semifinal against Ripon’s Brenden Shurpit. In the final, Leiber (16-10) defeated Whitnall/Greendale’s Noah Koss 6-3.
“(Carter) was in control the whole match,” Edwards said. “Picking up the win today will really help his confidence. He’s a great kid and a hard worker.”
Isaiah Giron (120) and Gilberto Altamirano (132) each provided Case with two fifth-place finishes. Case ended with 60 points to finish ninth. Luther Prep won with 132 points.
CHEESEHEAD INVITATIONAL: Evan Danowski finished third at 182 pounds to give Waterford its best result at Kaukauna.
Danowski, ranked third at 182 in the Wisconsin Wrestling Online poll, won seven of his eight matches. After a first-round bye. the senior defeated Southeast Polk’s Antonio Loving by technical fall (15-0), Fennimore’s Cameron Wolf by a major decision (12-3), Kaukauna’s Drew Wendzicki by decision (8-3) and then pinned Aquinas’ Riley Klar in 2:35.
In the semifinals, Danowski faced Kasson-Mantorville’s Bennett Berge — ranked first at 182 in The Guillotine’s Minnesota Class AA rankings. Danowski lost via technical fall (22-7) at 5:43. Berge went on to win the 182 class. Danowski won his next two matches to finish third.
Hudson Halter, ranked seventh at 120, went 4-3 to finish seventh. Hunter Rudzinski, ranked 12th at 152, went 3-4 and finished eighth. Waterford finished in 22nd with 182.5 points at the 28-team event. Simley (642.5) was first and Southeast Polk (600) was second.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 37, FAITH CHRISTIAN 18: It might not have been textbook, but the Hilltoppers earned their first win of the season in this nonconference game in Racine.
Faith Christian (6-3) shot 2 of 19 on its 3-point attempts and 7 of 36 from the field for a field goal percentage of 19.
“I thought we did a great job with our help defense,” Catholic Central coach Steve Smith said.
Calahan Miles led the Hilltoppers (1-8).
The senior nearly outscored the Eagles on his own with 17 points to go with seven steals, five rebounds and four assists.
“(Miles) was a matchup problem for Faith Christian,” Smith said. “We focused on getting inside for points. (Faith Christian) played zone defense the whole game. If they didn’t, they would have lost by more.”
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 52, HORLICK 38: A fast start and a lot of pressure gave the Lady Toppers a nonconference victory over the Rebels in Horlick’s John R. Belden Fieldhouse.
The Lady Toppers (8-5) started the game with an 8-0 run. They led 17-4 after eight minutes and 25-18 after the first half. Julia Klein and Kayla Loos each scored eight points in the first half.
“The positivity and momentum was high,” Catholic Central coach David Beebe said. “Our communication was much better tonight.”
The Lady Toppers forced four straight turnovers in the second half, at which point the Rebels (2-9) used a timeout. Catholic Central outscored the Horlick 27-14 in the second half.
Loos, who Beebe noted is “consistently getting better,” finished with a game-high 14 points. Vantaya Johnson led the Rebels with 13 points.
MARTIN LUTHER 48, RACINE LUTHERAN 44: A valiant effort by the Crusaders nearly ended with an upset in a Metro Classic Conference game in Racine.
The Crusaders (5-6, 4-2 MCC) used their defense to keep the Spartans (11-2, 6-0), ranked seventh in Division 3 in the latest WBCA/wissports.net coaches poll, in check and led 26-21 after the first half.
“We really played our top five the whole game,” Lutheran coach Steve Shaffer said. “We kept fighting on the defensive end to give us a shot to win.”
The Spartans averaged 64.5 points per game entering Saturday’s game. The Crusaders kept them within reach the entire contest.
With 24 seconds remaining, the Crusaders had the ball while trailing 45-44 with a chance to go ahead. The shot inside didn’t fall and Lutheran was forced to foul at that point.
“As much as it hurt, this was one of my prouder moments in the program,” Shaffer said. “All you can ask for as a coach is for them to give it their all. They did.”
Nevaiah Bell-Tenner led the Crusaders with a game-high 18 points. Bell-Tenner scored four of her game-high five 3-pointers in the game’s first half. Sarah Strande added 11 points.
“I see so much growth with our team and our players,” Shaffer said. “We’re able to compete with the top teams.”
WATERFORD 56, MILTON 54: After a three-game losing streak, the Wolverines now have a three-game winning streak following a nonconference victory at Milton.
The Wolverines (7-8) led the Red Hawks (7-8) 29-24 after the first half behind Emma Henningfeld, who scored 15 of her team-high 22 points in the first half. She also had 18 rebounds in the game.
“In the first half, we looked about as good as I can imagine,” Waterford coach Dena Brechtl said.
The Red Hawks outscored the Wolverines 30-27 in the second half, but late free throws and defensive stops for the Wolverines cemented the victory.
“I was so proud of the girls in the second half,” Brechtl said.
Madison Krueger scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds. Mikayla Acker and Payton Snifka also had 10 rebounds. Acker also scored 10 points.
PRAIRIE 84, SAINT THOMAS MORE 40: The Hawks had all cylinders firing during this Metro Classic Conference game in Milwaukee.
The Hawks (11-2, 5-0 MCC) held a commanding 44-27 first-half lead over the Cavaliers (4-7, 1-5). Jasonya “JJ” Barnes, Reese Jaramillo and Sophia Lawler scored all but one of the team’s first-half points.
“When you have two of your best shooters going and (JJ) leading the defense — it is great to see,” Prairie coach Abby Jaramillo said.
Barnes finished with a game-high 25 points and added 10 rebounds and eight assists. Jaramillo and Lawler finished with 23 and 18 points, respectively.
“We have so many unselfish players playing team basketball,” Jaramillo said. “It is so positive and fun to see. We all want to win as a team.