Random Lake wrestlers use pin power to subdue Ozaukee in CLC showdown
A big wrestling meet against Central Lakeshore Conference rival Random Lake didnâ€™t go how Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum would have liked, but he knew his team faced a formidable challenge.
The Rams beat host Ozaukee, 48-16, on Jan. 23, pulling away with four straight pins in the 182 to 285 weight classes.
The match of the night was the final one, with Ozaukeeâ€™s Colton Kraus facing Jon Mudlaff at 126 pounds. The two battled into overtime tied at 2-2, and then went to double overtime.
The match was delayed several times as Mudlaff tried to plug his bloody nose.
In the extra time, Kraus scored a two-point reversal and Mudlaff got an escape, leaving Kraus with a gutsy 4-3 win.
The pair will likely see each other at the Central Lakeshore Conference tournament next week, again at a WIAA sectional and maybe once more at the state meet.
â€śI think Colton and Mudlaff are good enough to beat anyone in Madison. It could be for the whole thing,â€ť Gundrum said.
The meet started at 132 pounds, where Ozaukeeâ€™s Cole Large defeated Zak Stepniewski, 9-4.
But the Warriors won only two other matches.
At 160, Kevin Beckmann scored a 12-3 major decision over the Ramsâ€™ Hilton Vandenbush.
At 113, Ozaukeeâ€™s Daniel Watry pinned Chris Mudlaff in 1 minute, 6 seconds.
The closest the Warriors came in their 10 match losses was at 170 pounds. The Ramsâ€™ Adam Risse outlasted Taz Gottsacker, 4-1.
At 145, Ozaukeeâ€™s Chase Brouillette lost to Jacob Behn, 5-0.
The Warriorsâ€™ Chase Kraus battled Josh Depies before losing, 13-7, at 106.
At 152, Ozaukeeâ€™s Adam Zichitella trailed, 1-0, entering the third period but got turned and pinned with 10 seconds left.
With their four straight pins, the Rams stretched a 16-7 lead to 40-7.
â€śWe got beat up a little. Itâ€™s one of those things where youâ€™ve got 14 different performances,â€ť Gundrum said.
â€śOverall, it didnâ€™t turn out the way I would have hoped, but I knew it was going to be uphill.
â€śI think Random Lake can win the whole thing, I really do. Theyâ€™re that balanced and that good.â€ť
This week, Ozaukee will travel to Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Thursday for a 6 p.m. dual meet and participate in the Pirate Invitational at Pewaukee on Saturday.
The Warriorsâ€™ Senior Night home meet against Oostburg on Jan. 28 was postponed due to cold weather. It will be made up at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
Rockets fall to Dutchmen
Three close matches cost the Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team in a 45-25 loss to host Oostburg in a Central Lakeshore Conference meet last Friday.
The Rocketsâ€™ near-misses were Abel Brockmanâ€™s 9-6 loss to Jarrett Gasser (106), Isaac Brockmanâ€™s 4-2 loss to Brandon Burmesch (126) and Matt Krierâ€™s 8-7 loss to Ryan Ebling (170).
â€śThose are all one-point matches with a couple of seconds left,â€ť Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said. â€śIf we win those three â€¦â€ť
The Rockets got pins from Garrett Davies (145), who defeated Connor Gasbarro in 1:45; Adam Gonwa (120) in 3:41 over Wyatt Ecclestone; and Greg Wenzel (192) in 5:45 over Joe Meyer.
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s other wins came from Devon Villareal (138), who scored a 16-2 major decision over Cody Horswill, and heavyweight Danny Gjertson, who defeated Jesse Rogers, 5-2.
â€śIt was encouraging because we were right there but it was discouraging, too,â€ť Peterson said.
â€śWeâ€™re so young. We have so many freshmen. Itâ€™s pretty tough for those guys right now.â€ť
This week, the Rockets will host Sheboygan South in a 7 p.m. meet Thursday and participate in the Deerfield Scramble on Saturday.
Peterson said missing practices due to record-cold weather gives injured wrestlers time to heal but makes it difficult to prepare for the biggest meets of the season.
â€śIt kind of hurts. Weâ€™re trying to peak,â€ť he said.
Image Information: OZAUKEEâ€™S COLIN HUGHES appeared to have the upper hand in his match against Random Lakeâ€™s Trent Gottsacker, but it was Gottsacker who took control on the way to a 14-0 win. Photo by Sam Arendt