CG-B wrestlers crown three champs

Rockets finish third in conference tournament
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Cael Erickson, Josh TeStroete and Quinn Hoopman each took home a Big East Conference wrestling title Saturday at Oostburg, but Cedar Grove-Belgium needed higher places from others in a quest for a team crown.

The Rockets took third place with 214.5 points. Powerhouse Random Lake won with 259, followed by Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove’s 219.

“It was a little rough,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said of the tournament.

“We knew how conference laid out is tough to beat random, they wrestled really well. We didn’t quite perform like we should have.”

Erickson at 120 pounds pinned Kyle Schmalz of Reedsville in 39 seconds and Tanner Birenbaum of Random Lake in 58 seconds.

Hoopman at 138 pounds pinned Patrick Ward of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove in 3:14 and Eli Benfield of Mishicot in 4:31. It was his second Big East title in three years.

TeStroete at 160 pinned Brady Kinjerski of Mishicot in 2:10 and won by an 18-2 technical fall over Sam Schawbe of Random Lake.

“All the guys who won are wrestling tough,” Peterson said.

Ben Anzia at 195 got second, losing to Random Lake’s Brock Upson, 9-8, in the final seconds. Upson scored a take down for two points with three seconds to go and Anzia got an escape for one point but couldn’t do anything else. It was a reversal of fortune from an Anzia 6-4 win in the teams’ dual match two weeks ago.

Aaron Duenk at 182 got second, getting pinned by Carson Schanelic of Reedsville in 5:24 in the final.

Brett Feind at 220 took third and never even wrestled the bracket winner, Matthew Schorer of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove who was named the tournament’s most valuable wrestler.

Feind lost a 3-2 decision in the semifinals to Frank Koeppel of Mishicot and won his third-place match with a 3-2 decision over Cole Ebert of Reedsville. Feind had lost to Ebert earlier in the season.

The top four wrestlers in the 220-pound bracket are state ranked, Peterson said.

“Brett was in a tough bracket,” he said.

The Rockets got three other third-places: Dylan Teunessen at 152; Sawyer DeRuyter at 170; and Markus Ramirez at 285.

Teunissen pinned Jay Deblaey of Oostburg in 3:28. Ramirez pinned Gabriel Ludens of Oostburg in 3:14, and DeRuyter won a 9-4 decision over Ben Meiselwitz of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove.

Tyler Kowalkowski took fourth at 145 pounds.

The Rockets got three fifths: Logan Filtz at 106; Jackson DeRuyter at 113; and Justin Anzia at 126. Jonah Morales at 132 took sixth.

The Rockets on Saturday compete at a Division 3 regional in Oakfield. Random Lake is among the six opponents.

Peterson said the match-ups with Random Lake favor the Rockets more than they did at the conference meet.

“We’ll probably end up running into Random a lot in the finals,” Peterson said.

The winning team and top two individuals advance to sectional competition the following week.

Simpson leads Ozaukee’s small team

Trevor Simpson at 132 pounds took third to lead three Ozaukee wrestlers.

Simpson lost his opening match by getting pinned by Brant Cracraft of Mishicot in 1:49, then won his consolation semifinal with a 10-5 decision over Angle Cortez of Oostburg.

He exacted revenge in the third-place match by beating Cracraft in an 8-4 decision.

“I wasn’t happy with his first-round match,” coach Kevin Koepke said, adding “He bounced back.”

Anthony Pawling at 145 took fifth place and Jaysen Delleree at 126 took sixth. Jack Penney-Galindo was sick, and Cael Large didn’t make weight, Koepke said.

The Warriors also compete in the Oakfield regional on Saturday. Koepke said his team’s performance will be determined by the wrestlers’ mindsets.

“If they come out like they did the Saturday we were at Oakfield (139 points, seventh place of 14 teams on Jan. 26), then we should have a good day,” he said.

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