Wrestling vs. West Bend East
The Whitefish Bay/Dominican/University School wrestling team opened the 2018-2019 season in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Thursday, November 29th at West Bend East High School. WB/Dom/USM was outmanned in the meet and lost it to the home team by a lopsided 63-6 score.
WB/Dom/USM had only four wrestlers compete in the match, Dajun Johnson, Alex Sanchez, David Pellenz, and Connor Dyke.
Johnson gained the team’s 6 points in the 170 pound class match. He won it by forfeit.
Sanchez wrestled against West Bend East’s Darrin Parve in the 113 lb. match. Sanchez lost by fall at 3:33.
Pellenz lost by a fall at the 1:25 mark in his match against Jordan Ward in the 138 lb. match.
West Bend East’s Damian Zapata defeated Dyke by an 8-3 decision in the match in the 145 lb. class competition.
Dale Loebel, one of the WFB/Dom/USM coaches, commented, “We are starting to build our numbers and as we do that, we hope to build awareness that USM wrestling is here to stay. This isn’t going away. At some point, we’d like to build the numbers at USM up to where they can field their own team. As of now, we have four USM wrestlers on the roster, and I hope for more going forward. We weren’t sure how things would work, but the administrative support in the Athletics Department has been great. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to secure a date for a home dual at USM this season, but we will work towards making that an annual event.
“I’m excited to have Alex Sanchez back in our program. He’s a great kid, and after building his skills last year, we expect great things out of him. He’s now a full-sized 106 pounder, and he’s matured in his technique as well. After going 11-16 as a junior, we feel like he’ll get well over twenty wins as a senior. Alex is our first captain from USM. We’re going to look to him for leadership this season.
“Connor Dyke won twenty matches in his first season of high school wrestling. He has his own style, and as he develops a gas tank and a little bit of nastiness, we’ll see even more out of him. I think his inexperience on a high school mat hurt him during tournament time, but he’s about to turn the corner. If he continues to work hard, there’s no reason that Connor can’t make it to the state tournament in his career.
“Liam Grady and Wali Amin round out our roster from USM. Wali has improved leaps and bounds from last year. He’s more physical and athletic than he was as a freshman. Liam is an interesting character. He’ll take some lumps early, but as his technique improves, he’ll start to see success.
“As a program, our expectation is to put kids in the state tournament, regardless of how many athletes we have in our program. Last season Dajun Johnson became the second wrestler in school history to place at state, taking third. The last time that happened was in 1989, when Jerome Mathis took fifth. Since we took over the program in 2006-07, we’ve had twelve state qualifiers. In the 50-plus years before that, Bay qualified fourteen. Getting kids to state is what we do. 2019 will be no different.”
The Whitefish Bay/Dominican/University School team hopes to better when it wrestles in the Nicolet Knight Scramble, an invitational meet sponsored by Nicolet High School on Saturday, December 1st at Nicolet High School in Glendale beginning 8:00 am.