Sophomore’s title leads Ozaukee wrestlers to 6th at Bluejay Challenge
Cole Large blew through his opposition at last Saturday’s Bluejay Challenge in Merrill, earning the Ozaukee wrestling team its only championship.
In the 106-pound finals, the sophomore pinned Bryce Statz of Waunakee in 2 minutes, 40 seconds and improved his season record to 32-2. Statz fell to 21-2.
“Cole was very dominating, especially in the final,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.OZAUKEE WRESTLER Kevin Beckmann had his hands and face full with Oostburg’s Zach Lichucki in a dual meet last week. Beckmann won by pin. Photo by Sam Arendt
“He took him down, let him go, took him down again. He got away, he took him down and pinned him.”
On his way to the final, Large pinned three other foes and scored a 7-3 win over Merrill’s Nathan Beter.
Large led the Warriors to sixth place in the 25-team meet with 245 points. Merrill took first with 579 points.
Ozaukee’s next-best individual finish came from Ethan Brouillette (26-9), who placed third at 132 pounds. He narrowly missed reaching the first-place final due to an unusual call in the semifinals.
Brouillette’s opponent was Merrill’s Marcus Reinhardt, who was given a point for a late escape that was initially waved off by the referee. After the Merrill coach called the official to the scorer’s table, the call was reversed and Reinhardt went on to a 3-2 win.
“I’ve never seen that before,” Gundrum said.
In the third-place match, Brouillette scored a 17-2 technical fall over Lakeland’s Jordan Goessl. In his earlier matches, Brouillette scored two pins and won a major decision.
Ozaukee’s other top finishes included fourth-place efforts by Logan Smith (126) and Colton Kraus (106). Each went 3-2.
Also for the Warriors, Kevin Beckmann (145) finished fifth with a 4-1 mark. In his only loss, he was pinned by Sun Prairie’s Jared Scharenbrock (30-0).
Gundrum said Taz Gottsacker (120) wrestled well in placing seventh. Gottsacker (20-13) posted a 3-2 tournament record.
Oostburg 42, Ozaukee 30
A short-handed lineup hurt the Warriors in a Central Lakeshore Conference meet at home Jan. 12.
Ozaukee scored three pins, but the Flying Dutchmen had five pins and received two forfeits.
The Warriors’ falls came from Beckmann, who defeated Zach Lichucki in 3:30; Kraus, who pinned Brandon Burmesch in 4:26; and Gottsacker, who took care of Sam Loomans in 52 seconds. Ozaukee’s other wins were decisions by Ben Brouillette (285) over Jesse Rogers, 1-0; Large (113) by a 5-0 margin over Alex Korthals; and Ethan Brouillette (138) over Clint Hoftiezer, 11-4.
“We did what we could do with what we had there,” Gundrum said. “We wrestled fairly well, just came up a little short.”
The Warriors will host Random Lake in a CLC meet Thursday and Beloit Memorial on Jan. 24. Both meets start at 7 p.m.