If there was a victory lane at the Germantown High School gym, it would have been snarled in a traffic jam consisting only of Port Washington wrestlers on Saturday at the North Shore Conference wrestling tournament.
The Pirates won eight weight classes and finished second in three others to pile up 284 points, ahead of rival Germantwon (252.5). Nicolet's John McKay won the 215-pound class as the Knights finished sixth with 101.5 points.
Senior Alex Dieringer was, not surprisingly, the Pirates' most dominating wrestler. He won state titles at 103 pounds as a freshman and 140 last year. In the NSC meet, he competed at 152 and hardly broke a sweat. After a bye in the first round, Dieringer pinned Brendan Hanrahan from Whitefish Bay in 21 seconds then pinned John Will from Germantown in the final match in 1:19.
Dieringer is considered one of the best wrestlers in the country and he’s the most successful wrestler in Port Washington High School history. Dieringer has signed a letter of intent to Oklahoma State University in the fall.
Though Dieringer had the easiest wins, he was not the only Port Washington wrestling the roll through the field.
Adam Dreikosen's took first place at 130 pounds with three quick pins. In his quarterfinal match Dreikosen squared off with Art Grigoryan from Cedarburg and pinned him in 59 seconds. In the semi final match Dreikosen pinned Gary Ross from Grafton in 1:18. Moving on to his final match, Dreikosen pined Germantown’s Zach Baus in 1:30.
Calvin Harbaugh won the 112-pound title with a 58-second pin in the finals, while Justin Meins won the 135-pound crown by a tech fall over Brian Kuhlenbeck from Germantown, 21-6.
Other conference champions were Noah Rosado (103 pounds), Eli Rosado (125), Nate Schell (145) and Josh Meins (160).
Jake Maechtle took second place in the 140-pound weight class, though he managed to go the distance in the final with Germantown’s Jesse Thielke, a three-time state champion who entered his season year with a 148-1 high school record. Thielke won by major decision, 15-4.
Other Port Washington runners-up were Mark Strong (189) and Tyler Griswold (215).
Jon McKay took first place at 215 pounds. McKay won a tech fall over Brian Shears from Homestead, 24-9 in the quarterfinal.
In the semifinal McKay won a decision over Kelly Jackson from Whitefish Bay, 16-9. And in his final match he won a 6-5 decision over Port Washington’s Tyler Griswold.
Dakota Mitchell took third place at 140 pounds. In his third-place match Mitchell won a 4-0 decision over Grafton’s Cody Bobholz.
Jack Kalloch took fourth at 103, Wilhelm Fehlhaber was fourth at 160 and Keondre Walton-Cooper was fourth at 189.
The Blue Dukes were third in the meet with 174.5 points. Their only champion was Henry Dixon, who outpointed Port's Mark Stron 6-1 in the 189-pound final.
Three Whitefish Bay wrestlers were runners-up: Max Carlin at 103, Ben Lehrmann and 119 and Rashadeem Grey at 145.