Menomonee Falls wrestling team's depth shows through in Bradford Invite win

Three Indians earn titles

Jan. 6, 2014

Menomonee Falls wrestling coach Jim McMahon is dealing with an abundance of riches right now.

It's not enough that he has enough up-top firepower right now to make any five coaches in the area jealous, his program has now developed to such a state that it can now go out and do what it did Saturday, when McMahon took what was essentially a varsity reserve team down to the eight-team varsity level Kenosha Bradford Invitational.

And then won the event.

Matt Anderson at 106 pounds, Ian Virlee at 113 and Ben Bonesho at 120, all claimed titles for the Indians.

"We mixed a group of younger kids with about three seniors," McMahon said. "We had an idea of what we wanted to do, and one of the main things was, was that we wanted to get some valuable experience for kids who may still help us this year or next year.

"We didn't know what to expect, but it worked out well."

Falls won the meet on the back of an aggressive style of wrestling that resulted in 22 pins among the 28 individual match wins the Indians recorded on the day.

No one was more impressive than than the junior Virlee (13-3 overall) who recorded five pins in claiming his title.

"Ian sits behind two other kids on our team right now but he is a very good wrestler who will still likely help us (on varsity) this season," McMahon said.

Anderson weighs only 95 pounds at this point but he recorded three decisions in claiming his title and improving to 9-4 for the year.

Another junior, Bonesho (13-3) recorded three wins for his crown, including two pins.

Taking seconds for the Indians were Cole Boram at 145 (9-5), senior Joe O'Claire at 152 (9-7), and Nate Dantzler at 160 (8-5) while thirds went to Josh McMahon at 126 (11-7), Nate Fuiten at 170 (7-6), senior Isaiah Williams at 182 (8-8) and senior Justus Gaines at 285 (6-9).

Coach McMahon praised the efforts of Boram, who was coming off vacation and limited practice but still recorded two pins, and of the first-year, 285-pounder Gaines, who is getting better every day.

"This was good for the program," coach McMahon said. "The kids are gaining more experience and getting better, because we wrestle to win and we wrestle to get experience. We'll keep plugging away and stay positive."

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