CG-Belgium wrestlers win tourney

Two champions and four runners-up pave the way for a victory in Rebel Invitational at Wabeno
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Twelve Cedar Grove-Belgium High School wrestlers scored points, and the Rockets needed most of them to win the Rebel Invitational on Saturday.

They came out on top of the 16-team tournament with 238 points, edging Tomahawk’s 222. Athens scored 141.

“They wrestled well. It was a pretty tough tournament,” coach Trevor Peterson said.

Cael Erickson (9-0) at 120 pounds and Josh TeStroete (9-0) at 170 each went undefeated.

TeStroete pinned Cole Klimek (4-1) of Coleman in 1 minute, 43 seconds, and then Seth Smith (3-2) of Menominee in 26 seconds. In the finals, he won a 6-2 decision over Travis Rainke (8-2) of Kewaunee.

“He’s had a lot of offseason work and he hit the weight room pretty hard, so it’s all kind of paying off,” Peterson said.

Erickson got two byes and then won by a 17-0 technical fall over Hunter Solis (2-2) of Gladstone and by a 16-0 technical fall over Logan Steinhorst (8-2) of Kewaunee.

“He just jumped out and went at it. He hasn’t had anybody to push him a full match yet,” Peterson said.

A quartet of Rockets earned second places. After pinning two opponents, Ben Anzia (8-1) at 182 pounds missed his chance at a title since he had to leave early to play a cowboy in the high school play.

Brett Feind at 220 pounds won a 13-3 major decision and via pin before getting put to his back in the title match. A quick comeback attempt lost more points and an 8-0 deficit.

He bounced back to lose, 9-3, to Connor Westfall of Athens.

“By the end he was in way better shape than the guy but an 8-0 lead was too much to start,” Peterson said.

Quinn Hoopman (8-1) at 132 pounds won by pin and then a 3-2 decision over Alex Bishop of Tomahawk to make the finals. There, he lost, 8-2 to Adam Bruce of Gladstone.

Logan Filtz (2-4) at 106 pounds had three byes and was pinned in the final, but those were 12 valuable points.

“It’s just big filling the lineup,” Peterson said.

Another four Rockets took thirds.

Sawyer DeRuyter (8-1) at 160 pounds won a tough, 6-4 battle over Dylan Steinhorst (8-3) of Kewaunee before being pinned in the finals by Reedsville’s Brandon Stelzer (10-0), a two-time state qualifier.

He won a 7-5 sudden victory over Trevor Povolo (4-2) of Kingsford for third place.

That bracket, Peterson said, was the toughest of the tournament and was where the most valuable wrestler came from.

Jackson DeRuyter (7-2) at 113 pounds pinned an opponent, got pinned and won his third-place match via pin in 2:29 over Gabe Weiks (5-5) of Athens.

Aaron Duenk (6-2) at 195 went 1-1 in matches ended via pins, and then pinned Elliot Johnson (3-2) of Kingsford in 1:37.

Dylan Teunissen (6-3) at 145 pinned two opponents before losing via pin. His opponent in the third-place match was injured and never took the mat.

The matches help build confidence for both DeRuyters (not related) and Teunissen, Peterson said.

“They’re finally getting their chance to show how far they came from being freshmen,” he said.

Jonah Morales (4-5) at 138 took fourth, going 1-2 on the day, and Marcus Ramirez (8-2) at 285 took fifth. He was pinned in his second-round match, but pinned his other four opponents, including Hunter Connahvichnah (7-4) of Menominee Indian in 3:06.

“That was as good as he could do,” Peterson said.

The Rockets next wrestle Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove in a Big East Conference dual in their home opener on Thursday.

On Saturday, they compete in a Beaver Dam invitational against many division 1 schools, including Arrowhead and Kimberly.

 

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