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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:28

Deep, talented Random Lake team flexes its wrestling muscles in impressive Central Lakeshore Conference win over Ozaukee


Just how intense was the high school wrestling meet between Ozaukee and Random Lake last week?

Three weight classes had 2011 state qualifiers squaring off — and each squad may have at least that many heading back to Madison this year.

In a rematch of longtime rivals Jan. 19, the Rams dominated host Ozaukee, 43-17, likely on their way to another Central Lakeshore Conference title.

“We got handled. Random Lake is tough. They’re legit,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.NATHAN SLEIK-VIDMAR of Port Washington drove Cedarburg’s Max Stankey to the mat on the way to a 10-2 victory Jan. 19. Port won the North Shore Conference meet, 61-14. Photo by Sam Arendt

The Warriors managed five match wins, the most convincing of which was Kevin Beckmann’s 16-1 technical fall over Tony Sanfelippo at 152 pounds.

Ozaukee’s other wins included Logan Smith (126) over Trent Gottsacker, 5-4; Ethan Brouillette (138) over Brady Schmidt, 6-5; Alex Thill (160) over Andrew Gatz, 6-4; and Dan Zimmer (182) over Jake Schwan, 15-12, in double overtime in the final match of the night.

“Alex gritted out a double-overtime match. It kind of ended on an OK note,” Gundrum said.

Brouillette used a late charge to pull out his victory. “Ethan was losing for most of the match and came back in the third period to win it,” Gundrum said.

The 106, 113 and 120 matches pitted state qualifiers for both teams, and Random Lake won all three.

The results were Jon Mudlaff (106) over Colton Kraus, 5-1; Brandon Depies (113) over Cole Large, 4-1; and Mark Meyer (120) over Taz Gottsacker, 6-2.

At 195, Ozaukee’s Ben Brouillette lost an 11-1 major decision to Joey Schanen.

“Ben was able to go the distance with him, so we’re pretty happy with that,” Gundrum said.

Many of wrestlers will face each other again in WIAA regional and sectional tournaments. With only the top two regional finishers advancing to the sectional level, and the top three there going to state, Gundrum said some of last year’s state qualifiers will have a tough time returning to Madison.

“We have by far the toughest regional in our sectional,” he said.

This week, the Warriors were scheduled to wrestle Beloit Memorial on Tuesday and will travel to Cedar Grove-Belgium on Thursday for their final Central Lakeshore Conference dual meet at 7 p.m.

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