Local wrestling teams set for CLC tournament after squaring off in dual meet
While a Central Lakeshore Conference team championship is out of reach for the Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling teams, individual titles are well within reach.
Powerhouses Random Lake and Oostburg are expected to dominate the CLC tournament this Saturday, and many of the top names may be the same in WIAA regional and sectional meets the next two weeks.
But Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said teams may move their wrestlers around so the same athletes don’t face off each time. Different strategies are used in going for team scores and advancing individuals to the state level.
“The nice thing about wrestling is you have both aspects there,” Gundrum said.
“We’ll do what we can as a team, obviously. Even when you’re going at it for a team, you have to get the job done as an individual.”
Ozaukee heads into Saturday’s conference final at Oostburg after scoring two easy wins in dual meets last week.
The Warriors cruised past host Cedar Grove-Belgium, 44-24, on Jan. 26 after crushing Beloit Memorial, 66-18, at home two days earlier.
“There was nothing real exciting out of that dual meet,” Gundrum said of the win over the Rockets, a meet that had eight forfeits.
Ozaukee got a pin from Cole Large (113 pounds), who defeated Nick Wieberdink in 3 minutes, 30 seconds.
The Warriors’ other wins came from Kevin Beckmann (152), who scored a 16-1 technical fall over Dalton Peiffer, and Taz Gottsacker (120), who defeated Devon Villareal, 9-3.
Cedar Grove-Belgium got a pin from Greg Wenzel (170), who defeated Sam Schuette in 2:39.
Winning by decision for the Rockets were Matthew Krier (182), who edged Dan Zimmer, 7-5, and Alex May (285), who downed Ben Brouillette, 6-1.
Against Beloit Memorial, Ozaukee got pins from Zimmer (182), Ben Brouillette (195), Leo Fechter (285), Colton Kraus (113), Large (120), Mike Burmesch (126), Ethan Brouillette (145) and Alex Thill (152).
Schulz, Mueller lead Rockets in Deerfield
Championship performances by seniors Zach Schulz and Matt Mueller gave Cedar Grove-Belgium a boost at the Deerfield Scramble last Saturday.
Schulz took top honors in the 126-pound weight class, capping the day with an 8-0 win over Random Lake’s Brandon Depies.
After a first-round bye, Schulz won four straight matches and improved his season record to 29-6.
Mueller was equally impressive in boosting his record to 31-4 and picked up his 100th career win. After a first-round bye, he won four straight times, including an 8-5 victory over Kewaunee’s Adam Kuehl in the title match.
Cedar-Grove-Belgium finished 12th in the 18-team standings with 351 points.
Random Lake won the championship with 698 points, just ahead of runner-up Milwaukee Tech (690) and third-place Brodhead/Juda (656).
“We had a great tournament,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said.
The Rockets’ other place finishes were a third by Wenzel (160), sixths by Wieberdink (113) and Peiffer (152) and eighths by Matt Krier (170) and May (285).
Although this week’s conference tournament won’t necessarily be a preview of a regional or sectional meet, it’s good competition with titles on the line.
“We have a Wall of Fame and conference championships are up there. It’s a fairly big deal to be a conference champ,” Gundrum said.
“We’ve got quite a few of them that should be looking to do well Saturday.”
Peterson said the tournament “should be really interesting.”
“We all kind of bump each other around. It lets you know a lot, so we can hopefully see what we’re looking at in regionals.”
Image Info: OZAUKEE’S COLE LARGE (right) and Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Nick Wieberdink found themselves entangled during a 113-pound match in a Central Lakeshore Conference meet. Large won by pin. Photo by Sam Arendt