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.
Ozaukee’s Cole Large earned second-place honors in the 106-pound weight class, and Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Matt Mueller was fifth at 220.
The other honorees were Ozaukee’s Ethan Brouillette (132) and Cedar Grove-Belgium’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-BELGIUM’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. Schulz’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 area’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.
“Cole’s been wrestling very well,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.
“The kid he lost to won it last year at 103. He’s definitely the highlight of the tournament for us, that’s for sure.”
On his way to the title match, Large received a bye, pinned Patrick Witz of Wausau East in 2 minutes, 51 seconds; defeated Burlington’s Ben Hornickle, 7-5; and outlasted New Trier’s Colin Kenyon, 6-4.
Mueller (19-4) defeated Iowa-Grant’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 Brookwood’s Derek Osmond in 2:33, lost to Mukwonago’s Luke Belich, 7-5, and was pinned by New Trier’s John Benson in 1:35.
“Matt had a pretty good tournament,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said of the senior.
“The match that he lost in the semifinals was to a kid (Belich) ranked No. 1 in Division 1 right now.”
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.
“It was a buzzer beater. It was tied with a couple of seconds left,” Peterson said.
Brouillette, a junior, lost to Burlington’s Matt Ehlen, 6-3, in the seventh-place match.
Earlier, Brouillette (16-8) pinned Joe Vander Heyden of Marquette; defeated New Trier’s Alec McKenna, 14-0; lost to Watertown’s Barrett Rehm, 7-6, in double overtime; and defeated Fort Atkinson’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 Watertown’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 Trier’s Arash Ghafouri in 3:45, lost to Kenosha Tremper’s Dominic Garcia, 17-2, and defeated West Bend East’s Jordan Gundrum, 3-0.
“Zach was in a bracket that was unbelievably stacked,” said Peterson, who noted that Schulz’s opponents included three 2011 state qualifiers.
“For him to come out with eighth place was still pretty good, I thought.”
Cedar Grove-Belgium had only six wrestlers in the tournament.
Peterson was also pleased with junior Alex May’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.
“He made it to the second day, so I was pretty proud of that,” Peterson said.
Several Ozaukee wrestlers narrowly missed placing, including Taz Gottsacker (120) and Logan Smith (126). Each had 3-2 tournament records.
“We did OK. There’s room for improvement, obviously,” 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.