Ozaukee wrestlers head to Div. 3 individual sectional along with CG-Belgium trio
The Ozaukee wrestling team didnâ€™t get enough breaks to defeat host Random Lake in a WIAA Division 3 regional meet last Saturday, but the Warriors are sending six individuals to the next level this week.
Leading Ozaukeeâ€™s sectional qualifiers are regional champions Colton Kraus (113 pounds), Logan Smith (138), Ethan Brouillette (152) and Kevin Beckmann (160).
Also advancing for the Warriors with second-place finishes were Cole Large (120) and Colin Hughes (126).
Random Lake won the meet with 260 points and advances to the team sectionals. Rounding out the top five in the seven-team regional standings were Ozaukee (214), Oostburg (182), Kewaunee (136) and Cedar Grove-Belgium (114.5).
Two Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestlers qualified for the sectional. They are Alex May, who won the 285-pound title, and Greg Wenzel, who was second at 170.
Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum was pleased with his teamâ€™s success but said it could have done better.
â€śWe had an OK day,â€ť he said. â€śYou always want a little more.â€ť
Kraus, a junior, improved his season record to 34-7 with a pair of wins. In the final, he pinned Random Lakeâ€™s Kohl Sanders in 3 minutes, 39 seconds.
Smith (35-6), a senior, won by pin in the semifinals and then eked out a 6-5 decision over Random Lakeâ€™s Brady Schmidt (27-9) in the title match.
With less than 10 seconds to go, Smith trailed, 5-2.
â€śHe got to his feet, reached back, hit a head throw, got a reversal and a two-point near fall to win it. The place erupted when Logan hit his head throw,â€ť Gundrum said.
A controversy ensued when officials met at the scorerâ€™s table to decide if Smith scored the necessary points before the buzzer. The ruling went in Smithâ€™s favor.
Brouillette (14-2), who is still recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the season, cruised to his title. After a 12-1 major decision in the semifinals, the senior pinned Oostburgâ€™s Ryan Ebeling in 2:55.
Beckmann (37-6), a junior, had two impressive wins, including a 3:35 pin of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulahâ€™s Shane Schanke in the final.
Gundrum said one of his teamâ€™s highlights was seeing Hughes, a freshman, defeat Oostburgâ€™s Alex Korthals, 4-1, in the semifinals. A senior and state qualifier, Korthals (29-7) was favored to win but couldnâ€™t handle
â€śThat was the match of the day for sure,â€ť Gundrum said.
In the final, Hughes lost to Random Lakeâ€™s Trent Gottsacker, 17-0.
Large (34-8), a junior, won by technical fall in the semifinals but lost to Random Lakeâ€™s Brandon Depies, 7-6, after holding a 6-2 lead.
Large then defeated Oostburgâ€™s Brandon Burmesch, 16-5, in a second-place wrestleback.
Only the top two finishers in each weight class qualified for sectional competition.
The Warriors got third-place finishes from Daniel Watry (106), Taz Gottsacker (132), Sam Schuette (170) and Hunter Vande Boom (285). Placing fourth were Adam Zichitella (145) and Grant Klas (195).
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s May improved his record to 31-7 with two pins. In the final, the senior defeated Oostburgâ€™s Tony Teunissen in 2:24.
â€śAlex is wrestling pretty tough. Thatâ€™s good to see this time of year,â€ť Rockets coach Trevor Peterson said.
Wenzel (25-17), a junior, won three of four matches but lost to Random Lakeâ€™s Adam Risse, 10-7, in the first-place final. Wenzel then pinned Ozaukeeâ€™s Schuette in 1:38 in the second-place wrestleback.
â€śGregâ€™s wrestling pretty good,â€ť Peterson said.
Cedar Grove-Belgium got a third-place finish from Isaac Brockman (113) and fourths from Adam Gonwa (106), Nick Wieberdink (126), Devon Villareal (132), Matt Krier (182) and Daniel Gjertson (220).
Peterson said May and Wenzel have good chances at the next level.
â€śI really feel that both guys should win it,â€ť he said.
The next step for the Rockets and Ozaukee will be a Division 3 sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cedar Grove-Belgium. Matches start at 10:30 a.m.
The top three finishers in each weight class qualify for next weekâ€™s state individual tournament in Madison.
Image Information: OZAUKEEâ€™S COLE LARGE had Brandon Depies off balance, but the Random Lake wrestler overcame the hold and a four-point deficit to win a 120-pound match in a WIAA Division 3 regional meet last Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt