By David Paulsen


Four first-place finishes and one second led to a second-place team finish for the Waterford High School wrestling team at the Terry Kramer Open held at Fort Atkinson Saturday.

Slinger won the event with 212 points, but Waterford finished second with 184. Fort Atkinson was third with 158.5 and East Troy fourth with 148.

The Wolverines got top finishes from Kody Azarian at 126 pounds, Cody Dalata at 138, Austin Christenson at 145 and Cody Nannemann at 152. In addition, Francisco Mata placed second at 195.

Azarian, who is undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the state at 120 pounds, moved up a weight class at this invitational and sailed through his five matches. The closest match was a 10-5 decision in the semifinals over Brett Bowar of Fort Atkinson.

In the finals, Azarian scored a 12-3 major decision over Cambridge’s Dylan Lund, ranked No. 11 in the state in Division 3.

Dolata had a bye, two pins and two technical falls while improving to 28-6 on the year.

Christenson, ranked No. 9 in the state, had three pins and two major decisions.

Nannemann, 33-3 and ranked No. 14 in the state, won by technical fall, major decision, injury default, pin and decision.

After a first-round bye, Mata had two pins and a technical fall win before taking on East Troy’s Joey Dedick, the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the state in Division 2. Mata, ranked No. 14 and 29-4 overall, was handed an 8-2 loss by Dedick, who is 32-1 overall.

Waterford traveled to Wilmot Thursday for a Southern Lakes Conference dual.

The regular season will end with the SLC Meet on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Badger High School in Lake Geneva.