The Whitefish Bay wrestling team lost to Port Washington Friday 60-6, but head coach Dale Loebel said the score did not do justice to the team's performance and improvement against the fourth-ranked team in the state.
"We wrestled a lot of close matches; we just ended up losing those matches at the end where we would make a mistake and it would cost us three or four points," Loebel said. "We don't score because we're not in the right spots."
The team knew it would be tough going in, as the match was Port's 73rd consecutive win in the North Shore Conference.
"We respect Port Washington, but we're not afraid of them," Loebel said. "We're going to give them what we got, and if our best isn't good enough that day then that's the best we can do. They're very experienced kids. And we're going to get better."
Loebel said he was happy with the team's showing, and saw it as another sign of progress after the team won their first tournament in longer than any coaches can remember: the Tom Burns Memorial invitational at Marquette University High School Dec. 10. On the same day, the freshman team won the West Allis Central Invitational.
"There was a time when this program didn't score any points against them," Lobel said, referring to Port. "We're on the brink. We're wrestling as good as we've ever wrestled."