CG-Belgium takes second at home

Erickson, TeStroete and Anzia take home titles; all 14 Rockets score points

TYLER KOWALKOWSKI PINNED four of his five opponents and took fifth place at Saturday’s Rocket Scramble. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School’s wrestling team couldn’t quite pull off a title at its own Rocket Scramble last Saturday, but it had three champions.

The Rockets scored 683 points to Brillion’s 708 in the 18-team meet. Wauwatosa was third with 675.

Cael Erickson at 120 pounds pinned everyone in his path on the way to a title, and Josh TeStroete at 160 pounds and Ben Anzia at 182 joined him with gold medals, albeit via different routes.

Markus Ramirez at 285 pounds took second place, and Quinn Hoopman at 132 and  Sawyer DeRuyter at 170 took thirds.

Regardless of placement, all 14 Rockets scored points.

“It has been a team effort all the way across, that’s for sure,” coach Trevor Peterson said.

Erickson (25-2) pinned Josh Renning (5-13) of Horicon in 2 minutes, 35 seconds, Sean McConnell (14-10) of Brillion in 44 seconds, Elliot Tait (20-11) of Wauwatosa in 30 seconds and Ethan Flannery (21-4) of Shiocton in 1:08 in the final. Flannery, Peterson said, was state ranked.

“He beat him up pretty good,” he said. “Cael wrestled really good once again.”

Anzia (21-5) pinned Dylan Faber (14-11) of Valders in 1:05 before edging Garret Rau (17-8) in double overtime, 9-6.

He followed that with a second double overtime match, a 14-8 loss to Tye Bader (16-9) of Dodgeland. Anzia bounced back to pin Simon Doyle (19-8) of Wauwatosa in 2:57 for the title.

“It’s a good thing he’s in pretty good shape. That’s what happens in that scramble. When you get in that gold division, it can be a long, tough day,” Peterson said.

TeStroete (24-3) won by a 16-0 technical fall over Andrew Benzing (10-9) of Dodgeland and won a 13-2 major decision over Brandon Zamorano (18-5) of Horicon before pulling two close matches out.

TeStroete beat Dylan Horstmeyer (19-7) of Marshall by a 5-4 decision in the semifinal. He fell behind early after being caught and thrown.

“He had to come from behind. Josh wrestled very good,” Peterson said.

In the final, TeStroete handed Billy Reif (24-1) of Shiocton his first loss of the season, a 2-0 decision.

Ramirez (22-6) pinned Shaquielle Harrell (10-4) of Wauwatosa in 2:39 and won a 5-2 decision over Emery Schuh (9-14) of Brillion before losing a 3-1 overtime match to Scott Klemme (16-5) of Sheboygan Falls.

Ramirez won a 5-4 decision over Elijah O’Laughlin (13-7) of Campbellsport to take second.

“Markus had another good day. He’s only a sophomore up in the big man’s world up there,” Peterson said.

Hoopman (21-7) pinned Drake Felder (14-11) of Dodgeland in 1:01 and won an 11-4 decision over Alex Gundrum (22-9) of Lomira, exacting revenge for a loss last season, before dropping two heartbreakers. He lost a 6-5 decision to two-time state qualifier Cade Heisdorf (16-5) of Campbellsport in what could have gone the other way.

“We were winning the match with a minute left and just kinda got caught in some stupid stuff,” Peterson said.

Hoopman then lost a 4-3 decision to Dayton Lewis (24-5) of Wauwatosa.

DeRuyter pinned Roy Jackson (1-10) of Sheboygan Falls in 5:16 and Jack Moen (16-10) of Marshall in 1:29. He lost a major decision to Carter Stebane (23-4) of Brillion and was pinned by defending state champion Ryan Neu (19-0) of Dodgeland in 2:36. DeRuyter won by medical forfeit over Tannor Wittmus (17-9) of Valders.

“Sawyer had a tough bracket,” Peterson said.

Brett Feind took fourth at 220 pounds, and Tyler Kowalkowski got fifth at 138.

Peterson said second place was “not too bad” in a tough tournament like this one.

The Rockets, already winners of three tournaments this season, remain riding high with Jan. 24 circled on the calendar. They travel to regular conference champion and team state participant Random Lake.

“I think the guys all knew we have a pretty solid team. They’ve been working very hard. A bunch of guys did a lot of offseason work again. We’re just kind of anxious to see what happens here as we get closer to Random,” Peterson said.

The Rockets were to host Ozaukee on Tuesday and Reedsville on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Ozaukee lands three in the top five

Ozaukee’s small wrestling team had all four competitors score points in the Brawl in the Falls at Oconto Falls last Saturday.

Travis Simpson at 126 pounds and Jack Penney-Galindo at 160 each took fourth place. Anthony Pawling at 145 took fifth. Jaysen Delleree at 132 took ninth.

Simpson (12-7) lost a 12-2 major decision to Max Sokolski (19-4) of Bonduel, then won a 16-1 tech fall over Franky Umentum (1-8) of Lena and pinned Weiss Waege (3-7) of Luxemburg-Casco in 1:05.

He was pinned twice after that.

Penney-Galindo (5-13) was pinned by Brent Peterson (12-10) of New London in 3:00 before pinning Kiko Cajagas (6-8) of Lena in 5:52 and Bradley Giese (5-5) of Bonduel in 16 seconds. He was pinned in his final match.

Pawling (7-12) lost by decisions of 11-9 and 8-2 in his first two matches, before winning a 9-4 decision, 14-1 major decision and 4-0 decision in his final three matches.

The Warriors scored 41.5 points and finished last of 10 teams. Oconto Falls won the tournament with 305.5 points.

After facing the Rockets on the road on Tuesday, the Warriors will host Oostburg on Jan. 24.

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