Strong individual efforts help Ozaukee hang tough in own duals tournament
A senior and a freshman both posted 5-0 records and five other wrestlers went 4-1 to help the Ozaukee Warriors hold their own in a home duals tournament last Saturday.
Ozaukee finished with a 3-2 meet record in the round-robin competition.
The Warriors defeated Lake Mills (52-24), Homestead (44-35) and Arrowhead (54-30) and lost to Merrill (39-33) and Oshkosh West (46-34).
â€śWe usually wrestle pretty well in our gym,â€ť Ozaukee co-coach Luke Gundrum said.
Senior Pat Leonard excelled at 140 pounds for the Warriors by pinning four opponents and defeating Jack Osness of Merrill, 9-4.
Leonard pinned Blaise Holter of Homestead (in 40 seconds), Jack Neuens of Lake Mills (1:10), Arrowheadâ€™s Curtis Corlett (1:12) and Luke Lubenow of Oshkosh West (1:40).
â€śPat had a good day. He probably wrestled the best heâ€™s wrestled this year,â€ť Gundrum said.
Ozaukee freshman Ian Hughes (103 pounds) pinned Arrowheadâ€™s Peter Rowe in 4:59 and scored a 17-4 major decision over Frank Frassetto of Oshkosh West.
Hughesâ€™ other wins came on forfeits.
Going 4-1 for the Warriors were freshman Ethan Brouillette (119), junior Brady Watry (125), senior Matt Stockwell (135), senior Scott Watry (145) and junior Vince Cardarelle (152).
Brady Watry â€śhad a pretty decent weight class with some pretty tough kids in there,â€ť Gundrum said.
â€śHeâ€™s probably wrestling as well as he has this year.â€ť
Gundrum singled out Watryâ€™s 8-7 win over Homesteadâ€™s Spencer Bold.
â€śBrady came through with a big win against a pretty tough kid. It was one of the best matches of the day,â€ť he said.
Ozaukee forfeited matches at 160, 171 and 189 pounds. If the Warriors had wrestlers at those weights, the outcomes of their two team losses may have been
â€śItâ€™s hard to come back from that. You start duals down by 18 points,â€ť Gundrum said.
Arrowhead entered its junior-varsity squad in the tournament after West Bend West dropped out at the last minute, Gundrum said.
Ozaukee 52, Cedar Grove-Belgium 21
The Warriors won easily in a forfeit-filled Central Lakeshore Conference meet at home Jan. 14.
Ozaukee won six matches by forfeit and the Rockets won one. At 189, neither team had a wrestler.
â€śWeâ€™re struggling a little bit with numbers and theyâ€™re struggling a little more,â€ť Gundrum said.
The best match was at 119 pounds, where Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s Zach Schulz edged Ethan Brouillette, 7-5, in overtime.
In matches won by Ozaukee, Alex Thill (130) defeated Zach Peiffer, 13-0; Stockwell (140) pinned Eric Pribernow in 42 seconds; and Scott Watry (152) pinned
Xorge Mendoza in 1:34.
Winning for the Rockets were Dalton Peiffer (135), who pinned Andrew Lorge in 3:51, and Matt Mueller (215), who pinned Ben Brouillette in 2:56.
Ozaukee 48, Oshkosh Lourdes 31
The Warriors prevailed Jan. 12 in a nonconference makeup meet that had been postponed Jan. 7 due to snow.
There were eight pins and four forfeits in the meet.
â€śThat was kind of feast or famine. Not a lot of six-minute matches,â€ť Gundrum said.
Lourdes was missing two wrestlers who are state-qualifier caliber, Gundrum said. The outcome of the meet mightÂ have been different with those two in the lineup, he added.
Six Warriors won by pin â€” Scott Watry in 1:08, Cardarelle in 55 seconds, Ethan Brouillette in 2:53, Brady Watry in 1:15, Thill in 55 seconds and Stockwell in 38 seconds.
Ozaukee is now on a 12-day break from competition.
â€śIt gives us a chance to push a little bit here. Weâ€™ll have some pretty tough practices this week,â€ť Gundrum said.
The Warriors will take a 3-0 record in conference duals into a Jan. 28 meet at Oostburg.
The overall conference team title is determined by combining dual-meet records and conference tournament finishes.
If the Warriors remain undefeated in dual meets, they will enter the Feb. 6 tournament with the No. 1 seed. They could finish second in the tournament and still
win the conference title.
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s next meet will be Jan. 28, when it hosts Random Lake.
On Jan. 30, the Rockets will wrestle in the Deerfield Invitational while Ozaukee participates in the Pewaukee Invitational.
OZAUKEEâ€™S ETHAN BROUILLETTE held the upper hand against Eric Brill of Merrill during last Saturdayâ€™s Ozaukee Duals tournament. Brouillette won by pin.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Photo by Sam Arendt