CG-Belgium falls short of Random Lake

But Rocket wrestlers advance 10 to sectional meet; Ozaukee sends two from small rebuilding team

CEDAR GROVE_BELGIUM’S Cael Erickson has been a bright spot for the Rockets all season. Photo by Mitch Maersch
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School’s wrestling team was so close to getting over the Random Lake hump.

The Rockets were ahead in the Division 3 Oakfield Regional by 3.5 points headed into the first-place matches. They faced the Rams in seven of them.

The Rams proceeded to win all seven matches and take the seven-team regional title going away.

“That was the deciding factor,” coach Trevor Peterson said of those title bouts.

The Rockets scored 261 points to the Rams’ 293. Horicon was a distant third with 166.5.

Ten Rockets still managed to advance to the sectional.

“We’re happy with 10, that’s for sure,” Peterson said. “We weren’t happy with the team outcome, but we’re happy with 10.”

Four Rockets won titles. Freshman Cael Erickson (38-2) continued his dominance at 120 pounds by pinning Chance Tuttle (19-20) of Horicon in 20 seconds and then Cael Large (18-5) of Ozaukee in 1:44.

“Cael’s continue to wrestle very well. Hopefully, he can just keep this rolling,” Peterson said.

Tyler Kowalkowski at 138 pounds won a 17-6 major decision over Hayden Scholler (5-15) of Random Lake and in the final won a 6-4 decision over Hunter Augustine (23-17) of Horicon.

Aaron Duenk (27-11) at 195 won a 5-0 decision over Dylan Hoffman (1-3) of Random Lake and in the final pinned Logan Bruggink (21-18) of Oostburg in 3:07.

Brett Feind (30-11) at 220 pinned Jordan Arendt (11-15) of Random Lake in 3:59 and in the final pinned Gabriel Ludens (21-15) of Oostburg in 3:29.

The Rockets’ six second-place finishes were: Quinn Hoopman (32-9) at 132 pounds; Dylan Teunissen (24-20) at 152; Josh TeStroete (36-4) at 160; Sawyer DeRuyter (30-11) at 170; Ben Anzia (32-8) at 182; and Markus Ramirez (33-10) at 285.

Anzia came the closest to beating a Ram for a title, losing a 5-3 sudden victory to Brock Upson (29-10).

He lost to Upson, 9-8, in the final seconds two weeks ago for the Big East Conference title.

“It came down to the end again just like conference,” Peterson said.

Ramirez nearly to beat a Ram for first place, losing a 2-1 decision to Charlie Ruege (33-11). He came back with a 2-1 decision over Austin Gitter (20-23) of Oakfield to take second.

Hoopman lost a 12-3 major decision to Ram Tristan Hammen (32-9) in the final. He took second by rule over Ozaukee’s Travis Simpson (18-9) by beating him in an 11-5 decision in the semifinal.

TeStroete lost a 10-1 major decision to Ram Grayson Vandenbush (38-2) in the final. He topped Brandon Zamorano (27-9) by rule since he beat him in a 17-4 major decision in the semifinal.

DeRuyter was pinned by Ram Sam Schwabe (24-13) in 5:00 in the final. He came back to beat Brendan Hartwig (25-19) of Oakfield in an 11-4 decision for second place.

Teunissen was pinned by Ram Aiden Vandenbush (38-3) in 55 seconds. He took second over Josh Thomsen (22-14) of Horicon by beating him in a 10-5 decision in the semifinal.

The Rockets compete in the Dodgeland Sectional on Saturday. The top three finishers advance to state in Madison next week.

Peterson said the draw doesn’t favor the Rockets. Many have tough first-round matches, including Feind, who faces a Mishicot wrestler he lost to three times this season.

“Hopefully, we’ve got Brett back on track. I guess we’ll find out in the first round on Saturday,” Peterson said.

Losing in the first round takes the tournament out of a wrestler’s control. If the winner loses the next match, the loser of the first match is out. And the loser has to win his next match.

Ozaukee sends Large and Pawling

Large at 120 pounds and Anthony Pawling at 145 each took second place to move on to the Dodgeland Sectional.

Large pinned Dylan Weiss (24-13) of Random Lake before being pinned by Erickson. He pinned Tuttle in 1:11 for second.

Pawling (14-16) pinned Blake Julian (4-11) of Oostburg in 1:152, lost a 6-5 decision to Joey Bock (27-10) of Random Lake, pinned Brenden Kruschke (7-16) of Cedar Grove-Belgium and won a 16-13 decision over Marshall Coffey (27-15) of Horicon for second.

“I’m proud of them. They work hard,” coach Kyle Koepke said.

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