Brown Deer/Milwaukee Vincent wrestling
Senior 285-pound wrestler Tory Dibb gratefully took his headgear from someone who had found it after Dibb's day and career had come to an end with a third-place finish in the WIAA sectional meet at West Allis on Saturday.
Neither he nor 189-pound teammate Brad Dziadosz would be making the state tournament as they had wished, but both acquitted themselves well on this harried and intense day.
Dibb (27-5), the City Conference 285-pound champion, had pinned a Milwaukee King wrestler in his quarterfinal and was fighting the much larger Lucas Gritzmacher of West Allis Central to a draw in the semifinal when he got tipped and pinned in 4:26.
Dibb then pinned a Whitefish Bay foe in his third-place bout, but when Gritzmacher fell in the championship match, Dibb lost any chance at a wrestleback for a state berth.
"It was a good run," he said. "It's disappointing, but I got a lot out of this year."
Dziadosz (31-12), the city 189-pound champ also won his quarterfinal on a pin, but then dropped a crazy 19-17 semifinal decision to Jesse Rodriguez of West Allis Central, the eventual runner-up. He then lost an 11-2 decision to a Bay wrestler for third.
Homestead boys swim
Erik Larsen tied for second in diving, while Cody Burkard broke coach Mark Gwidt's 25-year old record in the 100 breaststroke as the Highlanders finished up the year on a fine note, earning six medals and finishing seventh in the WIAA State Division 1 meet in Madison on Saturday.
"This was a natural progression for us," said Gwidt. "These kids invested the time and the effort over four years and this is what they earned."
The Highlanders scored 132.5 points for their spot as Madison Memorial won with 234.5.
Larsen, the 2010 state diving champ, lost to his old friend and 2009 winner Nathan Cox of Menomonee Falls (511.15 points). Larsen scored 455.55 points to tie with a Racine Case diver.
Burkard took close to a full-second off Gwidt's breaststroke mark, when he earned a third in 57.74 seconds.
"Records are made to be broken," the coach laughed.
Burkard also earned another medal with a fourth-place 1:54.13 effort in the 200 individual medley. He also had a strong hand in the fourth place 200 medley relay team that included Nicholas Petersen, Gordon Goetz and Kyle Welna (1:37.37).
"That was the third different combination that we had on the medley in the last three weeks, each time going faster," said Gwidt.
The freshman Petersen learned a great deal in his first state meet, as he was fourth in the 100 butterfly (51.18) and third in the 100 backstroke (52.15).
"He can only look at his season as a success," said Gwidt. "He left the stage just wanting more."
In addition to those place-winning efforts, the Highlanders' 200 free relay team of Welna, Burkard, Goetz and Max Silver was 13th (1:30.74); while the 400 free team of Welna, Goetz, Samuel Aeschbacher and Petersen was 10th (3:17.2) and Reece Howell took 15th in diving (296.3).
The Highlanders finished with 50 swimmers on the team but graduation losses will be steep including Larsen, Burkard, Howell, Welna, Silver, Aeschbacher, Will Schlageter, Sean Manning, Max Timm and Andrew Churchill.
Whitefish Bay boys swim
A successful rebuilding campaign came to a fine close for the Blue Dukes when they took ninth in the WIAA State Division 2 meet in Madison last Friday.
Bay scored 106 points as McFarland defended its title with 286.
Earning medals for the Blue Dukes were D.J. Friesch, who was third in the 100 breaststroke with a best time of 58.18. Friesch also earned another bauble when he was fifth in the 200 individual medley with another best time of 1:58.36.
Diver Bobby Rinka picked up a sixth-place medal with a best score of 318.0 points.
The Blue Dukes had near-misses for the medal stand in both the 200 medley and 400 free relays. The medley team of James Colton, Friesch, Henry Smith and Henry Bourgeois was seventh in a season-best of 1:43.07; while the same team earned the same spot in the 400 free relay with a four-second drop in time of 3:23.46.
Other efforts for the Blue Dukes included the following: 200 free: Smith, 14th (PB 1:51.9); 100 free: Colton, 12th (PB 50.36); 500 free: and Smith, 10th (PB 4:56.93).
Seniors on the state team for the Blue Dukes include Rinka and Friesch.
Brown Deer/University School boys swim
The Falcons finished off their season taking 21st in the state Division 2 meet in Madison on Friday with a 34-point total.
Scoring individual points for BD/USM were Sean Andryauskas, who was 11th in diving (271.25), Adam Brostowicz, who was 16th in the 50 free (23.36) and Billy Wong, who took ninth in the 100 breaststroke (PB 1:04.01).
Both the 200 free relay team of Steve Lillie, Rob Davis, Steven Grambow and Brostowicz (11th, 1:32.64) and the 400 free team of Grambow, Lillie, Jack Ladd and Wong (14th, 3:28.55) turned in season bests.
The 200 team dropped an impressive 1.85 seconds from its sectional time.
Seniors on the state team include Andryauskas, Lillie, Grambow, Davis and Ladd.
Nicolet boys swim
Sophomore Evan Siverhus took 16th in diving with a score of 292.85 points as the Knights only representative in the WIAA State Division 1 meet Saturday in Madison.
Nicolet finished in a tie for 36th in the team standings.
The Highlanders brave, successful season came to a premature conclusion, when they dropped a heartbreaking, 5-4, WIAA regional decision to North Shore rival Cedarburg.
The Bulldogs (13-10-2) scored two goals in the final five minutes to pull ahead for good over Homestead (19-5-2). It was the fourth meeting of the season for the two squads, with the Bulldogs recording a previous win and the other two contests resulting in ties.
Homestead got goals from Adam Connolly (David Trebatoski assist), Jake Roeper (Nate Routhier and Michael Schulz) and Peter Schmitz (Thomas Fazio and Trebatski).
Goalie Sam Morris made 33 saves on the night.
Cedarburg advanced to a WIAA sectional semifinal that was played Tuesday.
Off this stellar squad, the Highlanders will lose seniors Trebatoski, Andrew Novak, Routhier, Luke Lawlor and Morris.
- Steven L. Tietz
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