The Oak Creek wrestling team has scheduled the Burlington Demon Duals for several years, liking the high-degree of competition.
And this year in the Jan. 7 event, the Knights walked away with the title, dominating all five dual meets they were involved in as an amazing nine wrestlers went unbeaten on the day.
Coach Matt Sommerville couldn't have been more impressed with the effort.
"We had a good weekend," he said. "We thought we could win with the lineup we had. We have never won that tournament before, and we have been going there the past seven years. So getting the team win was a big deal for us."
The Knights will look to build on that this week, as they took on Racine Case in a Southeast Conference dual on Jan. 11 and will head off to the Brookfield Central Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14. Third-ranked Sparta will be the Knights' primary competition at the event. Sommerville said there will be tremendous depth in all weight classes at this meet.
At the Demon Duals, the Knights rolled, as they beat Port Washington (42-20), East Troy (58-18), Fort Atkinson (51-11), Burlington (57-9) and South Milwaukee (61-9).
The ranks of the unbeatens this day included Randall Hunt at 113 pounds, Mitch Landgraf (120), Matt Berlin (126), Joey Colla (138), Veliko Kochiu (132), Jesse Kovnesky (160), Nolan Paar (182), Ricky Acevedo (220) and Brycen Hakes (285).
Sommerville highlighted the efforts of Colla and Kovnesky, who had very solid days against challenging competition. He called Colla's week "great" and Kovnesky's "tremendous."
Kochiu, the highly-regarded transfer, is starting to roll, Sommerville added.
"(He has) broken off the rust and is wrestling like he is capable of," said Sommerville. "He only has seven matches this season, but all of them have been won by pin or technical fall. He wrestled a very good kid from Fort Atkinson on Saturday and came up with a big pin in the second period. He is ranked kind of low right now, but really he should be the top ranked kid in this weight class, he is that good."