Brookfield sends four wrestlers to state
Yanasak, Peltier, LeClaire brothers all advance
Brookfield will send four wrestlers to this week's WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the University of Wisconsin's Kohl Center in Madison from Feb. 19 through Saturday.
Brookfield Central will send senior Elliott Yanasak and junior Joshua Peltier, and East will send the LeClaire brothers - John, a senior, and P.J., a sophomore.
Both of Central's state qualifiers won championships - Yanasak at 170 and Peltier at 126.
Yanasak, who has a 28-12 record, scored 21.50 team points.
He opened with a pin in 1 minute, 16 seconds over Mukwonago's Alex Winski (16-14) in the first round.
He then won a 17-0 technical fall over West Allis Hale's Logan Mocco (26-15) and finished out by winning the title with a 10-3 decision over Whitnall's Zach Barnhart (43-8).
Peltier, who was 33-9, scored 20 team points.
Like Yanasek, he began by pinning his opponent (3:05), Mukwonago's Nate Arquinego (12-14). He then won the championship with two decisions.
He won by a 5-1 decision over Whitnall's Blake Leslie (32-17) and then beat West Allis Hale's Luke Ellis (27-13) with an 8-3 decision to win the title.
Brookfield Central coach Chris Demos was thrilled with both performances.
"Josh and Elliot put together solid performances to win their respective weight classes," he said. "Elliot has been wrestling really well these last three weeks so this was a nice reward for him. I am really proud of Josh. He lost in the finals the last two tournaments and although he did not mention anything, I think he was having doubts.
"I kept telling the both of them that they were the best wrestlers in their weight classes. They just needed to relax and everything will work out."
Four wrestlers did not qualify (finish in top two) or score a point - junior Alex Espada at 120 (15-18), senior Mike Egan at 138 (19-18), sophomore Julien Selby at 152 (21-16) and junior Brandon Fong at 160 (12-21).
All who competed wrestled well.
"We had some tough draws, but that discouraged no one," Demos said. "What is nice is Mike Egan finished off his career as a sectional qualifier, something that has eluded him the previous three years. The others are all first-time qualifiers and can use this and the success of Josh and Elliot as motivation for next year."
Brookfield East's LeClaire brothers will take their act to state, for senior John LeClaire, who was 41-8, placed second at 182 pounds and scored 19 team points and sophomore P.J. LeClaire at 195 (38-11), also placed second and scored 16 team points at the Waukesha West Sectional on Saturday.
John LeClaire opened the championship bracket with a pin in 1 minute, 23 seconds over Greenfield's Chad Karges (12-20). He then won on a technical fall (17-1) over Waterford's Dylan Malecki (15-16).
But then Mukwonago's Mayson Madden (23-4) won an 8-5 decision and sent John LeClaire to the second-place match, where he took out his frustration by winning on a technical fall (15-0) over West Allis Hale's Andrew Buelow (25-11).
P.J. LeClaire began with a pin (1:52) over Greenfield's Matt Braatz (21-17) and then beat West Allis Central's Tong Vang (22-18) with a 6-2 decision.
Mukwonago's Mitch Major (36-10) handed him an 8-3 loss, before P.J. LeClaire bounced back and defeated Kettle Moraine's Noah Martinez (30-9) in a 12-8 decision.
"Both LeClaires wrestled well," Spartans coach John Veal said. "We had rough finals matches, but got the job done in the wrestleback match.
"I am glad John got the monkey off his back (first trip to state). P.J. is especially impressive as he was too ill to practice the past two weeks."
Josh Dempsey didn't qualify at 138 (35-14), but he placed fourth and accounted for seven team points. He beat Whitnall's Nick Monty (32-11) for his only points, a 13-5 major decision. He then lost two decisions (3-1, 9-4).
"Dempsey had a shot, but could not get it done," Veal said. "Hopefully he uses it as motivation for next year."
The other wrestlers who did not qualify for the Spartans are Malcolm Vetter at 113 (20-17), Carsten Balke at 120 (29-16), Sam Behling at 132 (8-9) and Zech Copeland at 145 (21-15).
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