Ozaukee sophomore, CG-Belgium senior finish in top 5 at prestigious meet
Wrestlers from Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium were among the medal winners in the Mid-States Classic at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Dec. 28 and 29.
Ozaukeeâ€™s Cole Large earned second-place honors in the 106-pound weight class, and Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s Matt Mueller was fifth at 220.
The other honorees were Ozaukeeâ€™s Ethan Brouillette (132) and Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s Zach Schulz (126), who both finished eighth.
Ozaukee placed 18th in the 42-team standings with 68 points, and Cedar Grove-Belgium was 33rd with 33 points.CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUMâ€™S Zach Schulz, shown taking down an opponent in a recent meet, placed eighth in the 126-pound weight class at the Mid-States Classic in Whitewater last week. Schulzâ€™s bracket was among the toughest in the 42-team, two-day tournament. Photo by Sam Arendt
Champion Burlington had 193.5 points, and Mukwonago (168) and Iowa-Grant (161.5) were second and third, respectively.
Large (22-1) continued to show why he is one of the areaâ€™s top wrestlers in his weight division. The sophomore went into the tournament undefeated and remained that way before losing, 2-0, to Ricardo Roman (15-1) of Belvedere North, Ill., in the first-place final.
â€śColeâ€™s been wrestling very well,â€ť Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.
â€śThe kid he lost to won it last year at 103. Heâ€™s definitely the highlight of the tournament for us, thatâ€™s for sure.â€ť
On his way to the title match, Large received a bye, pinned Patrick Witz of Wausau East in 2 minutes, 51 seconds; defeated Burlingtonâ€™s Ben Hornickle, 7-5; and outlasted New Trierâ€™s Colin Kenyon, 6-4.
Mueller (19-4) defeated Iowa-Grantâ€™s Cody Rider, 8-2, in the fifth-place final.
In his earlier matches, Mueller received a bye; pinned Ryan Dow of East Troy in 57 seconds and Brookwoodâ€™s Derek Osmond in 2:33, lost to Mukwonagoâ€™s Luke Belich, 7-5, and was pinned by New Trierâ€™s John Benson in 1:35.
â€śMatt had a pretty good tournament,â€ť Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said of the senior.
â€śThe match that he lost in the semifinals was to a kid (Belich) ranked No. 1 in Division 1 right now.â€ť
A late slip cost Mueller the match. With the score tied, 5-5, he went for a takedown but stumbled, allowing Belich to score as time expired.
â€śIt was a buzzer beater. It was tied with a couple of seconds left,â€ť Peterson said.
Brouillette, a junior, lost to Burlingtonâ€™s Matt Ehlen, 6-3, in the seventh-place match.
Earlier, Brouillette (16-8) pinned Joe Vander Heyden of Marquette; defeated New Trierâ€™s Alec McKenna, 14-0; lost to Watertownâ€™s Barrett Rehm, 7-6, in double overtime; and defeated Fort Atkinsonâ€™s Dalton Shuerman, 1-0.
Against Rehm, Brouillette had a 5-1 lead before falling behind, 6-5. He rallied to forced extra time before finally coming up short.
Schulz (18-5) had the toughest road to travel among local competitors. Twenty-six of the 32 wrestlers in his weight class had winning records.
Schulz, a senior, lost to Watertownâ€™s Quenten Fisher (20-4) in the seventh-place match, 4-0.
Before that, Schulz pinned Jeremy Wand of Pecatonica in 26 seconds and New Trierâ€™s Arash Ghafouri in 3:45, lost to Kenosha Tremperâ€™s Dominic Garcia, 17-2, and defeated West Bend Eastâ€™s Jordan Gundrum, 3-0.
â€śZach was in a bracket that was unbelievably stacked,â€ť said Peterson, who noted that Schulzâ€™s opponents included three 2011 state qualifiers.
â€śFor him to come out with eighth place was still pretty good, I thought.â€ť
Cedar Grove-Belgium had only six wrestlers in the tournament.
Peterson was also pleased with junior Alex Mayâ€™s performance in the 285-pound division. May wrestled his first matches of the season in the tournament and posted a 2-2 record.
May was pinned twice but also won by pin and decision.
â€śHe made it to the second day, so I was pretty proud of that,â€ť Peterson said.
Several Ozaukee wrestlers narrowly missed placing, including Taz Gottsacker (120) and Logan Smith (126). Each had 3-2 tournament records.
â€śWe did OK. Thereâ€™s room for improvement, obviously,â€ť Gundrum said.
Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee will both return to the mats at tournaments Saturday, Jan. 7.
Cedar Grove-Belgium will host the Rocket Scramble at 8 a.m., while Ozaukee participates in the West Bend Invitational at 9 a.m. Each tournament will have a multi-duals format.
On Jan. 10, the Rockets will travel to Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah for a 6 p.m. dual meet.