Pirates grab their 100th win after a dominant conference tournament performance

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Miranda Kozlik

Isaiah Wilson takes down a competitor at wrestling event December 23rd, 2020.

The Pewaukee High School varsity wrestling team picked up their 100th Woodland Conference dual meet win on Wednesday, Jan. 15 since joining the Woodland Conference in the 2006-07 season. They joined the conference heavily doubted and people wondered how good the team could compete.

“It’s all so crazy to me that I’m even a high school head wrestling coach, I always really looked up to wrestlers and wrestling coaches.” Ed Kurth Pewaukee’s head wrestling coach said. “I mean I wrestled for Pewaukee, it doesn’t even seem like I’m the same person.”

Coach Kurth himself has coached 18 conference championship winning groups with 14 of them coming in the Woodland conference here at Pewaukee. Before he was dominating in Pewaukee, he coached the only middle school wrestling team down in Milwaukee while he was assistant coaching at Milwaukee Pulaski, which he later took over as the head coach in 1996.

The team has fought hard battling great competition on the way to this achievement. For this year’s tournament, teams like Whitnall-Greendale, New Berlin and Wisconsin Lutheran looked to take down the former conference champions.

Wrestlers and coaches had to prepare for a conference championship that was like never before. For the first time ever, the tournament was held in three different schools on a Wednesday. So Mr. Kurth, the varsity team’s head coach, had to strategically place wrestlers and coaches across the three different schools.

Despite all the troubles presented from Covid-19, the team showed a strong performance at the tournament and secured the victory. Here’s where some of the top wrestlers placed:

“We were in pretty good shape after the Semi-finals when we had 8 kids in the finals. With a couple 3rd place finishes, that pretty much clinched it,” Kurth said. “New Berlin was closing in on us but we were confident.”

Up next for the Pirates wrestling team is Sectionals then the State tournament.

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