On Senior Night, the undermanned Waunakee wrestling team fell at home to Milton 64-9 Thursday, Jan. 20, in a Badger East Conference dual match.
In their final regular-season home match, Warrior seniors Robert Lofreddo, Jayden Freie and Kaden Hooker, as well as manager Emma Hunter, were recognized for their contributions to Waunakee wrestlers.
An injured Hooker, who has committed to wrestle at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, had to sit out the Milton meet, and the Warriors could have used his talents.
Two wrestlers accounted for Waunakee’s points, as Jack Schweitzer pinned Brayden Lee in 37 seconds at 220 pounds, while Coltan Nechvatal earned a hard-fought 5-3 decision at 132 pounds over Luke Harms.
The Warriors were forced to forfeit at 106, 113, 120, 145, 160, 170 and 182 pounds.
Waunakee is slated to wrestle at Monona Grove on Friday, Jan. 28, with the Badger Conference meet on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Beaver Dam.
2022 Zelinski Memorial DualsWaunakee went 2-3, defeating Green Bay Preble 47-18 and Delavan-Derien 30-24 at the meet on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Whitnall.
The Warriors were a bit shorthanded, as some of team members competed instead at the Challenge Series for junior varsity or varsity reserve wrestlers.
“We made the decision to have them go wrestle there,” said Natzke. “It was an opportunity for them to grow and it was what was in their best interest and the interest of the program.”
Waunakee lost to Franklin 62-16, Elkhorn 36-30, and Merrill 42-30.
Forfeits again were costly for the Warriors, whose wrestlers went 27-12 in matches that took place on the mat. That made the tournament a success for Waunakee.
“The guys we took won a lot and wrestled hard,” said Natzke. “It was one of our better days of wrestling for the season.”
Guralski went 5-0 for the tournament at 138 pounds.
“He wrestled some really good matches,” said Natzke. “It gave him some confidence.”
Freie (126), Schweitzer (220) and Lenzendorf (285) all went 4-1.
“They had some really good matches,” said Natzke. “The good thing was, they got tested and they were matches where they could learn something from.”
Nechtaval (132) and Lofreddo (145) both emerged from the Duals with 3-2 records.