East sending seven wrestlers to sectional
LeClaires drop a weight class, win championships
Brookfield East is sending seven wrestlers to sectionals after finishing fourth of eight teams at Saturday's West Allis Central Regional.
The Spartans had two champions, a second-place finisher, two thirds and two fourths qualify for the Waukesha West Sectional on Saturday.
Brothers John and P.J. LeClaire won the Spartans' two championships at 182 and 195.
John LeClaire (38-7) dropped a weight class and scored 25.50 team points, getting a bye, beating Waukesha South's Frank Stackhouse (21-23) on a technical fall, 15-0, and then making quick work of West Allis Hale's Andrew Buelow (23-9) with a pin in 42 seconds in the title match.
"He had a dominant performance," East coach John Veal sad. "He felt he would be stronger in Madison at 182 and I felt he knew his body best so I was agreeable to it."
Like his brother, P.J. LeClaire (35-10) dropped a weight class and roared to the championship scoring 23 team points.
He pinned West Allis Hale's Steven Klinko (3-6) in the quarterfinal (0:47) and beat Waukesha West's TJ Hudler (21-11) in his closest match, a 13-9 win.
In the championship match he won a 12-2 major decision over Kettle Moraine's Noah Martinez (28-7).
"P.J. was unable to practice all week because of illness," Veal said. "He gutted it out and beat a state-ranked kid. I am really proud of him.
"I hope he feels better this week.
"Once John dropped, P.J. thought 195 would be his best weight. He is a bright individual so I was agreeable to it."
Josh Dempsey at 138 (34-12) placed second and scored 19 team points. After getting a bye in the quarterfinal, he beat Brookfield Central's Mike Egan (19-17) in a 12-3 major decision in the semifinal.
West Allis Central's Alan Silva (36-4) then beat him in the title match in a thriller, 6-5.
"Josh was wrestling well then shut down and let the ref dictate the end of the match," Veal said.
Dempsey then crushed West Allis Hale' Josh Petrovich (28-15) with a 9-3 decision to take second.
Carsten Balke at 120 (29-15) placed third and scored 14 team points.
He opened with a quarterfinal pin (1:47) over Kettle Moraine's Brian Beatty (5-5), lost the semifinal by a pin (1:40) and beat Brookfield Central's Alex Espada (15-17) with a 9-7 decision to take third, since he lost the second-place match by rule.
Zech Copeland at 145 (21-14) placed third and scored 12 team points.
He had a 10-8 decision over West Allis Central's Ryan Ulbrich (4-6) in the quarterfinal but then dropped a 5-1 decision in the semifinal.
He then beat West Allis Hale's Maurice Beck (19-17) with a 13-10 decision but lost the second-place match to Waukesha South's Jordan Yatchak (26-12) by a 10-2 major decision.
"Zech had a couple nice comebacks," Veal said, "but needs to be aggressive from start to get through next week."
Malcolm Vetter at 113 (20-16) placed fourth and scored nine team points, opening with a quarterfinal bye.
He then lost a 9-5 decision in the semifinal and was pinned in the third-place match in 2:52 before pinning West Allis Central's Alex Gamache (7-3) in 3:42 to win the fourth-place match.
Sam Behling at 132 (8-8) placed fourth and scored nine team points.
He beat West Allis Hale's Jeffery Schubert (21-20) in the quarterfinal, 6-2, but lost a 17-2 technical fall in the semifinal and was pinned (1:47) in the third-place match.
In the fourth-place match Behling won by rule over Schubert.
"He beat a kid that had beaten him twice previously," Veal said.
Ben Lingeman at 126 (20-20) also scored for East but didn't qualify for the sectional, taking fifth and scoring nine team points with a bye and a pin (0:56).
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