Parkview wrestlers celebrate tournament title
First-year Orfordville Parkview wrestling coach Joel Steinman said as much after his Vikings took turns shaving his head Monday in celebration of their improbable Milwaukee Heritage Christian regional championship last Saturday.
Parkview High edged Racine St. Catherine’s, 177-170, for the title in the WIAA Division 3 tournament.
“If that’s what it takes to do it every year, then I’m willing to do it every year,” Steinman said of the shave.
Steinman, who started as a Parkview assistant in 2001, said he’d let the team shave his head if the Vikings won the regional.
Of the nine wrestlers the Vikings sent to the regional, three won championships and five overall advanced to this Saturday’s individual sectional at Cedar Grove-Belgium.
As regional champion, Parkview faces Laconia at 6 tonight in the semifinals of the Laconia team sectional. Horicon goes against Random Lake in the other semifinal dual, and the winners battle at 8 tonight for a berth in the Division 3 state tournament.
It was a rocky regular season for the Vikings, who lost three wrestlers to injuries. They included 119-pound Nick Cawkins, who broke his collarbone; 289- and 215-pound Wes Grooms-Vinz, who injured his shoulder; and 152-160 pound Tony Mayo, who went out with a concussion.
“It wasn’t the quantity, but the quality of the kids,’’ said Steinman, who has 10 healthy varsity wrestlers. “They gave it their all.’’
Ben Neal (140), Jeremy Graham (152) and Ben Soyck (189) earned regional championships. Billy Egen (171) and freshman Cody Trezek (125) also earned sectional berths.
“Neal broke his leg before the season and didn’t start wrestling until January,” Steinman said. “It’s been that kind of year.’’
Parkview shook off its deficiencies and concentrated on winning. The Vikings defeated Edgerton for their lone Rock Valley Conference dual victory.
“The thing is we, go into Rock Valley matches, and we’re smaller than everybody else,” Steinman said of the school size. “We go in thinking we may not win the meet, but we can win our (individual) match. It’s a head-to-head thing.’’
As for tonight’s team sectional semifinal, Steinman expects the Vikings make a good showing.
“We do have a chance,” Steinman said. “Don’t bet against us. We’ve been fighting all year.’’