Sate to say, veteran coach Ernie Millard is excited about the new season for the Highlanders.
"We are really excited about the upcoming season," he said. "We have 34 kids out that show up for practice every day and the attitudes are great. We suffered a ton of injuries last year, but hope to be healthy and competitive this season.
"We will fill about 12 of the 14 weight classes until Christmas and should then have a full and competitive lineup the rest of the year. My team captains are Zach Price, Zach Lennon and (former state qualifier) Nick Pierret."
The tentative lineup for the Highlanders includes the following: 106 pounds, junior Joe Fischer; 113, junior Antione Bierny; 120-126, sophomore Doug Lennon; 126-132, senior John Hokeness; 132-138, senior Zach Price; 138-145, junior Bryce Counselor; 138-145, junior Drew Waller; 145-152, sophomore Tyler Denmark; 152-160, junior Conor Scholtus; 160, senior Zach Lennon; 170, sophomore Miles Wolfram; 182, senior Nick Pierret; 195, junior Gage Zupke; 220, junior Jack Warshauer; 220, freshman Ben Beck; and 285, junior Elijah Perine.
The Highlanders are at Grafton for a North Shore dual at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and then are at the New Berlin West Invitational at 4 p.m. Friday.
The youthful Knights got a second from senior Alex Ellison at 126 pounds, a third from senior Jack Kalloch at 120 and a fourth from junior Armani Johnson at 285 pounds at their fourth annual 10-team Scramble Tournament on Saturday.
"The team is extremely young and enthusiastic," 12th-year coach Gus Kaufmann said. "They have been working their tails off and are chomping at the bit....We literally have two wrestlers on the team with more then two years of high school experience, so we are looking to have a year of tremendous growth and hope to continue to build the team up."
The Knights will be forfeiting the 106- and 113-pound weight classes this season, and the rest of the lineup goes as follows: 120, Kalloch; 126, Ellison; 132, sophomore Gavin Voit; 138, sophomore Teague Worlton; 145, sophomore Adam Plotkin; 152, sophomore Savion Dean; 160, sophomore Teddy Uy; 170, sophomore JT Zurawski; 185, sophomore Chris Azcueta; 195, freshman Collin Shea; 220, seniorIsaiah Agara; and 285, Johnson.
Overall, Kaufmann reported that the Knights have 12 underclassmen wrestlers who are first-year participants in the sport. Dean and Kalloch won matches in a 41-31 North Shore Conference loss to Grafton on Dec. 5.
Kaufmann said the tournament format was changed a little bit this year to make run more smoothly.
SHOREWOOD BOYS SWIM
The Greyhounds got their season fully under way Saturday, taking a strong third in the 14-school Nicolet Sprint Invite.
Shorewood, which was seventh in the WIAA State Division 2 meet last season behind the state championship effort of senior Kirill Korolev in the 200-yard freestyle, took part in the Woodland Conference Relays on Wednesday.
Korolev also took second in the 500 free at state and has help this winter from the likes of sophomore Michael Perry, who was second in the 100 butterfly at state last season.
In the sprint invite, the Greyhounds scored 236 points as Middleton won with 386 and Cedarburg was second with 252.
Taking seconds for the Greyhounds were Korolev in the 50 free (22.59 seconds) and the 100 free (49.19), and Perry in the 50 butterfly (24.73).
The eight-man relay teams did well, too, as the 400 medley relay of Henri Carignan, Devon Brusnahan, Zach Hammond, Joe Lock, Andrew Clokey, Perry, Suhith Bayana and Korolev; 200 free relay team of Clokey, Joe Stephenson, Ilya Litvin, Hammond, Pieter Van Den Kieboom, Lucas Barry, Willem Van Den Kieboom and Alex Borut and the 500 free free team of Stephenson, Bayana, Borut, Barry, Brusnahan, Litvin, Lock, Carignan, Perry, Korolev all finished in the top four.
"I really like where this meet falls on our schedule," coach Rob McCabe said. "The shorter sprint races are really what many of these guys need right now to start off the season. We relied on a good mixture of high-end talent and depth."
The Highlanders are off to a 3-0 start as wins have included a 3-2 decision over Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs and a 12-0 rout of North Shore opponent Grafton.
In the rout of Grafton, Ryan Mezera had five goals and two assists, Jake Hansen two goals, Michael Schulz two goals and two assists, and Brady Bjork, Adam Hobbs and Joey Hobbs one goal apiece. Jon Weyker and Joey Hobbs each had two assists as Ethan Levy made five saves.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS SWIM
Junior two-time state Division 2 diving champion Joe Kaszubowski got his season off to a good start with a winning 11-dive total of 490.9 points in the Nicolet Sprint Invite on Saturday.
His effort led the Blue Dukes to a ninth-place finish in the 14-school field.
The North Shore Conference Relays are at Nicolet on Friday, with diving at 4 p.m. and swimming at 6 p.m.
HOMESTEAD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 52-42 North Shore Conference win over Port Washington on Friday.
Homestead trailed 25-23 at the half, but then outscored the Pirates 29-17 in the second half to pull away as Jerrod Walton had 20 points, Jaylen Key 11 and Seth Cooley. All of Cooley's points came off of three-pointers.
The Highlanders are at Grafton on Friday and then host Nicolet on Dec. 17.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders girls are also 2-0 after burying Port Washington, 62-29 on Friday behind Taylor McIlwraith's 26 points.
Homestead broke out to a 17-6 first quarter lead and then never looked back, outscoring the Pirates in every period. A total of 10 Highlanders scored in the game as Mary Kate Simon had 10 and Danielle Neilson scored six. McIlwraith hit all seven of her free-throw attempts in the game.
The Highlanders host Grafton at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then are at Nicolet on Dec. 17.
WNS STORM CO-OP HOCKEY
The defending North Shore Conference champions and WIAA state tournament participants are feeling the effects of heavy graduation losses, as they are off to a 1-6 start this season.
The only highlight so far has been a 9-5 league win over Grafton in which Andrew Hentzen and Colin Downing both scored two goals each. Kyle Asman also had one goal and three assists while Downing had an impressive five assists on the night.
Also scoring goals were Zach Asman, Nico Aguilar, Brendan Nagle and Alex Kneisel.
The Storm have fallen to Sun Prairie (4-1), Wisconsin Rapids (8-2), Waupaca (8-0), Waukesha (10-0), Cedarburg (8-0) and Arrowhead (10-0).
— Steven L. Tietz
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