Nathan Hensley enjoyed a memorable week for the Whitnall/Greendale wrestling team, capped by a championship at the prestigious E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central on Dec. 17.
Hensley claimed the 132-pound title by sweeping three matches in the tournament, which was limited to one day by the weekend snowstorm. He improved to 16-0 in his comeback season after missing all of the 2015-16 campaign with an injury.
He tipped previously-unbeaten Jake Baldwin of Coleman (10-1) by a 6-5 score in his title match. He had earlier beaten Devin Dietrich of West Allis Central on a pin in 1 minute, 35 seconds in the semifinal and posted a 17-3 major decision over Zach Kaminski of Waterford in the quarterfinal.
Hensley was named the Most Valuable Wrestler for the tournament, the first time anyone from Whitnall or Greendale had won that honor. He also became the first Stech champion from Greendale since 1980.
Lewis takes second
Gabe Lewis (11-2) captured second place at 138 pounds, falling to Cole Acker of Wauwatosa (9-2) in his title bout. Both of Lewis' defeats this season have been to Acker.
Lewis had earlier blanked a Germantown foe, 13-0, and prevailed in an ultimate tie-breaker after a 3-3 tie against Anthony Christenson of Waterford.
Coming in third were Chip Hanson at 106 pounds and Dom Trimboli at 170. Capturing fourth were Reid Miller (160) and Jon Poulokos (182), and snaring sixth were Dom Wichgers (113), Riley Nugent (145) and Colton Strupp (220).
The Whitnall/Greendale team tallied 110 points for seventh place in the 10-team tournament, which was won by Waterford at 247 points.
The local squad also wrestled a Woodland Conference dual meet on Dec. 14, which turned out to be the second meet decided by a tiebreaker already this season. Whitnall/Greendale tied New Berlin, 32-32, but lost on the eighth tiebreaker, which was first points scored in each match.
Earlier this season, W-G had tied Wauwatosa but had prevailed, 37-36, on the ninth tiebreaker.
Winners were Sebastian Iverson at 126 (11-1), Hensley at 132 (forfeit), Lewis at 138 (5-2), Trimboli at 170 (16-5), Angelo Arnold at 220 (6-5), Wichgers at 106 (pin in 52 seconds) and Hansen at 113 (pin in 1:54).
Whitnall/Greendale slipped to 2-1 in Woodland dual meets for the season and 8-4 overall.
Won four dual meets
W-G won four of five dual meets at the Wisconsin Dells Duals on Dec. 10, with Lewis, Hensley and Trimboli going unbeaten for the day and Miller winning four matches.
Hensley notched his 100th high school victory with a pin in 2:31 against Wisconsin Dells. Hensley reached that milestone in just over two seasons.