Cardarelle takes top honors at invitational as wrestling team prepares for CLC finals
Ozaukee didnâ€™t get a victory against powerhouse conference rival Oostburg last week but survived a tough tournament at the Pewaukee Invitational on Saturday.
If the Warriors had a weekend goal, they reached it.
â€śThe biggest thing is walking out of there without any injuries,â€ť said Ozaukee co-coach Luke Gundrum, whose team is focused this week on the Central Lakeshore Conference tournament.
Ozaukee finished sixth out of nine teams with 116 points. Pewaukee won the meet with 195.5 points.
The Warriors were led by Vince Cardarelle, who took top honors in the 152-pound weight class and improved his season record to 31-4.
After receiving a bye, Cardarelle defeated Wilmotâ€™s Zach Steadman, 8-1, in the semifinals and downed Oconomowocâ€™s Tyler Yost, 8-4, in the title match.
â€śVince kind of dominated those kids. He was in complete control,â€ť Gundrum said.
Placing third for Ozaukee were Ian Hughes (103 pound) and Brady Watry (125).
Hughes, who improved to 30-8, went 3-1 in the tournament, including a 4-2 victory over Pewaukeeâ€™s Alex Owens in the third-place final.
Watry lost to Muskegoâ€™s Ryan Zainer, 4-1, in the quarterfinals but came back to pin the same opponent at 2:53 in the third-place match. Watry improved his season mark to 25-11.
Taking fourth for Ozaukee were Logan Smith (112), Ethan Brouillette (119), Alex Thill (130) and Matt Stockwell (135).
Sophomores lead Rockets
Strong performances by a pair of sophomores led the Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team at the Deerfield Scramble last Saturday.
Matt Mueller (215) and Zach Schulz (112) each placed first in the Silver Division.
The Rockets scored 197 points in the tournament, good for 15th place in a 18-team field.
Random Lake took top honors with 697 points, edging runner-up Milwaukee Tech, which had 689.
Schulz won all four of his matches, including a 6-1 decision over Lakeside Lutheranâ€™s Brandon Schilling. Schulz improved his season mark to 23-7.
Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said the 112-pound class had the most depth of any division in the tournament.
â€śI thought that was a very tough bracket. I was definitely satisfied with first place in silver,â€ť he said.
Mueller, who improved to 2-9, pinned all four of his foes, including a 2:13 fall over Mitch Berton of Deerfield.
â€śMatt is really coming around. As a sophomore at 215 pounds, I think heâ€™s wrestling really well,â€ť Peterson said.
In addition to Schulz and Mueller, the Rockets got 4-1 finishes from junior Zach Peiffer (125) and sophomore Lucas Alva (119).
Petersonâ€™s five wrestlers went 18-7 in the tournament.
â€śThatâ€™s a pretty good overall record considering the young kids that I brought there,â€ť he said.
Oostburg 42, Ozaukee 30
The host Warriors had a shot at entering this weekâ€™s Central Lakeshore Conference tournament with the No. 1 seed, but couldnâ€™t overcome forfeits in a tough
dual-meet loss Jan. 28.
The Flying Dutchmen emerged with the victory after receiving 24 free points.
â€śWe had an opportunity, but it wasnâ€™t going to be easy,â€ť Gundrum said. â€śWith that many forfeits, we couldnâ€™t make any mistakes in the matches we had to
In four weight classes from 130 to 145 pounds, the Warriors went 1-3 despite taking one-point leads into the third period of two matches.
Pat Leonard (140) had the best match of the night, a 10-5 victory over Zach Lichucki, Gundrum said.
Ozaukeeâ€™s other wins came on pins from Cardarelle (160), Hughes (103), Brouilette (119) and a decision by Smith (112), who defeated Dylan Jentink, 6-3.
â€śOne thing we were very happy with was having one of the biggest crowds of the year,â€ť Gundrum said. â€śThe bleachers werenâ€™t full, but they were as full as
Students got in free as the school and Dave Brouilletteâ€™s Back and Neck Clinic combined to pick up the ticket costs.
Random Lake 58, CG-Belgium 21
Seven forfeits were too much for the host Rockets to overcome in a CLC home meet Jan. 28.
Cedar Grove-Belgium won four of the seven matches held. Schulz and Tyler Garcia (160) both pinned their opponents.
This Saturday, the Rockets will host the conference tournament, where Ozaukee is expected to fight with Oostburg and Random Lake for the title.
Gundrum knows it wonâ€™t be easy for his team to emerge on top, especially with its forfeits.
â€śI think weâ€™re going to have a hard time with the holes in there, but weâ€™re wrestling pretty well,â€ť he said.
Peterson said his team has a good shot at winning several individual titles. He expects Garcia, Schulz, Peiffer, Mueller and Wayne Paulus (285) to be among the favorites.
OZAUKEEâ€™S SCOTT WATRY held the upper hand at this point in his match against Lance Hacker of Oostburg during a Central Lakeshore Conference dual meet last week, but Hacker rallied to win, 6-3. Oostburg also won the meet, 42-30, thanks in large part to five Ozaukee forfeits.Â Photo by Sam Arendt