Central boys basketball team pulls off upset
Lee Newspapers sports staff
Central High School’s boys’ basketball team may be on the verge of state respect.
Heading to West Bend East for the LeRoy Young Classic, the Falcons caused a major upset with a 52-46 win over Howard’s Grove.
Howard’s Grove (12-1) went undefeated and placed first in Division 4 in the Associated Press state poll and the wissports.net state coach poll. Central (10-2) received a vote in the AP poll and was not in the top 10 coaches.
The Falcons led 25-22 at halftime and held the Tigers back by 27-24 in the second half.
Elijah Griffin had a great game for Central, scoring 20 points including 7 of 8 shots at the free throw line. He was 5 of 6 in the second half. Griffin came into play averaging 13.8 points per game.
John Kinzler added eight points for the Falcons, who played games on back-to-back days. They beat Lake Geneva Badger 73-60 on Friday night.
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Tanner Schumacher led Howard’s Grove by 12 points, below his 18.6 average. Trent Grünwald added 10 points.
ST. THOMAS MORE 65, ST. JOSEPH 50: The Lancers tried to keep it tight, but the Cavaliers withdrew for a Metro Classic Conference game Saturday in St. Joseph.
“We had an early opportunity to get into the game but couldn’t execute and finish contested shots,” said St. Joseph coach Jose Garcia. “It was a loss we can definitely learn from.”
Eric Kenesie went 6 of 15 from the field but only 1 of 5 from 3-point range and led the Lancers (9-4, 3-3 MCC) with 19 points and five assists. Peter Stapleton added 10 points and eight rebounds.
St. Joseph walked off the field 17 of 39.
As of Saturday, no information was available on the Cavaliers (10-2, 5-1), who ranked seventh in Division 3 in the Associated Press poll.
WOLVERINE DUALS: St. Joseph’s Co’Ji Campbell won 5-0 with four pins in the first season and was named Wrestler of the Meet at the Wolverine Duals in Waukesha West on Saturday.
Tremper had the best team finish in fourth, the Lancers finished eighth and Wilmot tenth.
Campbell dominated at 120 pounds and pinned three wrestlers in under a minute. He pinned Wilmette (Illinois) Loyola Academy’s Gavin Pardilla in 57 seconds, Wisconsin Lutheran’s Coen Henn in 1:37, Waukesha West’s Trevor Moss in 27 seconds, and Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir’s Jeffery Jewell in 45 seconds.
Also for St. Joseph, Charles Anderson went 4-1 with three pins at 138, Brian Ortega went 3-1 at 182, and Marco Matteucci went 4-1 with three pins at 195. The Lancers went 1-4 in their double hit victory in the tiebreak against Wilmot and defeat against Riverside/Golda Meir with 54:18 in a duel for seventh place.
The Trojans went 3-2 in doubles, beating Elkhorn 46-31, Janesville Parker 43-36 and Riverside/Golda Meir 60-24 before losing to Waukesha West 55-22 in the third-place duel.
Connor Crawford went 5-0 in front of Tremper. He won two key decisions and pinned his last three opponents, beating Parker’s Shawn Sobczak in 1:54, Riverside/Golda Meir’s Nazjae Davis in 36 seconds and Elkhorn’s Kayne Gatton in 1:05.
Leaving the Trojans 4-1 was Nathan Hines with 126 (three pins), Nathan Johnson with 145 (four pins) and Tyler Hansen with 220 (two pins).
Wilmot lost all five duals meetings, finishing in ninth place with a 38–24 loss to Elkhorn in the dual.
Zach Rohloff (132/138, two pins) and Mitch Norvall (170, three pins) each went 4-1 for the Panthers.
BADGER SCRAMBLE: Corbin Ramos won the title at 152 pounds and two others took third place for Bradford/Reuther in Saturday’s Badger Scramble at Lake Geneva.
Ramos (26-1) dominated his weight class by pinning all five of his opponents in the second third or earlier.
He pinned Evan Petrick of Union Grove in 1:48, Payton Lee of Kaukauna in 1:10, Benji Gore of Sun Prairie East/West in 1:34, Haroon Ahamed of Sun Prairie East/West in 2:55 and Elijah Brummett of Badger in 3:05.
Thomas Reilly (17-4) with 195 points and Ethan McClain (20-6) with 220 points went 3-2 for the Red Devils in third place. Reilly won his first three matches with pins in the first period, two in under a minute, and McClain had his three wins with pins, including one in 16 seconds.
The top finisher for Indian Trail was Sullivan Ramos (30-5), who finished second at 138 pounds. He won three of his first four matches on pins, then he was pinned in 1:31 in his last match against undefeated Greyson Clark of Kaukauna (27-0).
Bradford/Reuther finished the 12-team encounter in fifth place with 108 points and the Hawks in ninth place with 60.5. Kaukauna won the meeting with 326 points.
KEN HEINE BLACKSHIRT INVITATION: Christian Life’s Drew Dolphin went undefeated with a strong performance Saturday at the 20-team Ken Heine Blackshirt Invitational in Waukesha South.
Dolphin (30-0) opened with a bye in the 106-poundweight division and then pinned Mequon Homestead’s Brady Youngstrom at 1:30 in the quarterfinals. He had his fastest pin in the semifinals, beating Milton’s Jesse Reid in 1:02 and then dominating Sussex Hamilton’s Reese Moore in the Championship game by a pin in 1:40.
Sam Wilson (18-5) was second at 195 with a 3-1. He had pins in 1:40 against Central’s Garrett Zagame and 1:00 against Wauwatosa East/West’s James Justham, then won a 14-11 decision over Hamilton’s Nathan Behrndt in the semifinals. In the title fight, he was pinned in 53 seconds by undefeated Aeoden Sinclair of Milton (23-0).
Central’s top finisher was Mason McNeill (23-2), who finished second with 285. He pinned his first three opponents, beating Waukesha North’s Dyllan Bartz in 1:19, Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon’s Edward Pacheco in 1:12 and Marquette’s Myron Holder in 2:09. In the final he lost 9:3 (31:2) to CJ Johnson from Waukesha South.
Third for the Falcons was Chet Pelli (28-10) with 132 and Lucas Sandrik (23-10) with 160.
Central finished seventh in the meet with 132 points and the Eagles finished 10th with 99. Milton won the meet with 209.5.
WARRIOR CUP GIRLS INVITATION: Margaret Gillmore was second and Mary Gillmore was third for Central Saturday at the Warrior Cup Girls’ Invitational in Muskego.
Margaret Gilmore (4-1) won her first two matches on pins, including one in 48 seconds, and then won 6-4 in a sudden third-round win over Brookfield East’s Lily Becker. After losing to Amherst’s Lia Peterson by one pin in 5:37, Gillmore scraped back to second place by pinning Horicon’s Kylee Firari in 3:50.
Mary Gillmore (2-2), a 138, pinned Eau Claire North’s Makenna Vance in 1:03 in the third place playoff.
Wilmot had two wrestlers at the meet and Breanna McCaulley (4-4) was third at 185 pounds.
The Falcons finished 13th in the 33-team meeting with 75 points and the Panthers finished 32nd with 12 points. Holmen won the meeting with 195.
BRADFORD TRIANGLE: Tremper took four second places in a three-team meeting in Bradford on Saturday that also included the Red Devils and Indian Trail.
Matthew Springer was second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:30.38), Jasper Iwen was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.01) and second in the 200-yard medley relay (2:12.82) and 200-yard freestyle relay ( 1:55.01). ) each came second for the Trojans.
Iwen was third in the 50m freestyle (24.77), jumper third in the 100m butterfly (1:21.68) and Quinn Froh third in the 100m freestyle (1:01.56) for Tremper.
No further information was available about the meeting on Saturday evening.
KENOSHA THUNDER 3, KMMO 2: Lakeview senior Lucas Eltoft broke a 2-2 tie with 5:06 left in the third period to give the Thunder a Classic 8 Conference win on Saturday at the Pleasant Prairie Ice Plex.
Eltoft’s second goal of the game, assisted by Indian Trail senior Liam von Ellm-McKenna, came just over two minutes after Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc leveled the game.
Eltoft scored the first goal of the game for Kenosha (11-4, 4-3 Classic 8) at 5:11 of the first period, assisted by fellow Lakeview player Nick Seidman.
After KMMO tied in the second period, Von Ellm-McKenna scored 8-04 in the third period to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead.
Indian Trail junior goaltender Logan Korhonen made 13 saves for Kenosha. The Thunder shot out KMMO 32-15.