With so many wrestlers new to the sport on its roster, the Brookfield Central wrestling team has placed a focus on development this season.
The Lancers are beginning to see positive results from their work, as they followed up a strong showing at the Plymouth Duals with a 54-21 dual meet win over Cudahy/St. Francis/St. Thomas More on Jan. 11. Brookfield Central then took ninth place out of 14 teams at their own invitational on Jan. 14.
In addition to earning four pins, the Lancers received five forfeits against Cudahy/St. Francis/Thomas More, which widened the margin of victory as the two teams split the eight matches wrestled.
Dayveon Martin pinned Hunter Grisham-Roberts in 2 minutes, 33 seconds at 138 pounds, and Alex Craig earned a fall over Nicholas Lieske in 3 minutes, 41 seconds at 145 pounds to give the Lancers an early 18-3 lead.
At 160 pounds, Tommy Maurice took care of Mason Heath with a pin in 2 minutes, 43 seconds.
Cudahy/St. Francis/St. Thomas More then won two straight matches before Jacob Somlai needed just 8 seconds to pin Derek Loomis at 195 pounds in the final match wrestled to increase Brookfield Central's lead to 30-15.
The final five matches were forfeited, with the Lancers receiving four and giving one. Jonah Morioka (132 pounds), Nick Leszczynski (220), David Niggemann (285), Max Miller (106) and Ben Vandenberg (120) won by forfeit for Brookfield Central.
Brookfield Central accumulated 187 team points to come in ninth at the Lancer Invite, finishing in front of Plymouth, Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Pius XI and Delavan-Darien.
Somlai went 4-1 to come in second place at 195 pounds. He pinned Ryan Boemer of Catholic Memorial in 1 minute, 11 seconds and Beaver Dam's Ramiro Vazquez in 3 minutes, 42 seconds before winning, 11-7, over Austin Zwiefel of Sparta. Somlai recovered from being pinned by Oak Creek's John Wright to take second place with a 5-2 decision over Kenosha Tremper's Joey Carravetta.
Leszczynski (fourth at 220 pounds), Vandenberg (sixth at 120), Dhruv Patel (seventh at 126), Martin (eighth at 132), Miller (eighth at 106), Niggemann (eighth at 285), Craig (ninth at 145), Breck Duncan (ninth at 160), Sincere Tatum (ninth at 182), Matthew Aulgur (10th at 152) and Sam Mayo (10th at 170) also wrestled for Brookfield Central.