Four Ozaukee wrestlers take top CLC honors along with two for CG-Belgium
Forfeits derailed the Ozaukee wrestling teamās dream of winning a Central Lakeshore Conference championship last Saturday.
Unable to make up the points lost by not filling four weight classes, the Warriors had to settle for third-place honors in the five-team league finals at Cedar Grove-Belgium
Ozaukee scored 177 points, enough to defeat Elkhart Lake (115) and Cedar Grove-Belgium (106.5) but well behind the two front-running teams.
Oostburg finished with 233 points and edged Random Lake (216.5) in a battle for top honors.
Making up for Ozaukeeās failed pursuit of the team title were individual highlights. The Warriors emerged with four champions ā Brady Watry (125 pounds), Alex Thill (130),
Pat Leonard (140) and Scott Watry (145).
Cedar Grove-Belgium was led by two champions, Zach Schulz (112) and Tyler Garcia (160).
Thill started the day as the tournamentās fourth seed in his weight class but turned in a stunning performance.
Thill, who improved his season record to 25-14, capped his run by pinning Oostburgās Cody Klemme in 1 minute, 28 seconds. On the way to the final, Thill defeated Elkhart
Lakeās Luke Klotzbach, 6-5, and pinned Random Lakeās B.J. Decker in 44 seconds.
After Thill pinned Klemme, his teammates lifted him on their shoulders in triumph, indicative of the Warriorsā close-knit team.
āWhen he went out there and stuck Oostburg, the kids went nuts,ā Ozaukee co-coach Luke Gundrum said.
āIt was a big deal, a pretty neat experience. They take a big vested interest in each otherās successes and failures.ā
And it was revenge.
āThill lost to every one of the kids in his bracket earlier in the year. Then he comes through and beats āem all to win it,ā Gundrum said.
āHe was probably the biggest story of the day for us.ā
Scott Watry (32-10) outlasted Oostburgās Lance Hacker, 6-4, in overtime to win the 145-pound title. The victory avenged a 6-3 loss to Hacker in a recent CLC dual meet.
On his way to the final, Watry pinned Tyler Jones of Elkhart Lake in 33 seconds and defeated Random Lakeās Lucas Schneider, 11-3.
āThat one for me probably was the biggest deal just because heās a senior,ā Gundrum said of Watry. āIt was good to see him get on that Wall of Fame.ā
The Wall of Fame, which honors Ozaukeeās conference champions, is in the schoolās wrestling room.
Brady Watry (30-11) dominated his weight class by scoring three pins. He defeated Elkhart Lakeās Adam Klotzbach in 2:59, needed 3:50 to defeat Lucas Alva of Cedar Grove-
Belgium and capped his day by pinning Oostburgās Randy Theune in 1:01.
Leonard (28-8) also stormed through his weight class to secure top honors. He pinned Random Lakeās Andrew Gatz in 1:15 and Elkhart Lakeās Shane Schanke in 2:16 before
defeating Zach Lichucki of Oostburg, 7-3.
āPat wrestled well. Lichucki is a pretty solid kid. It was a good match,ā Gundrum said.
Ozaukee received second-placed finishes from Ian Hughes (103), Logan Smith (112), Ethan Brouillette (119) and Vince Cardarelle (152).
Hughes defeated Random Lakeās Mark Meyer in a dual meet this season, but Meyer won this time, 7-5.
āEvery time those two kids meet, itās going to be a close battle,ā Gundrum said.
Cardarelle won twice before losing to Oostburgās Lucas Copp, 10-1, in the final. Copp was a state qualifier last year.
āOverall, I think we definitely had a good tournament,ā Gundrum said.
Cedar Grove-Belgiumās champions had to work hard for their gold medals.
Schulz, a sophomore, improved his season record to 28-7 by defeating Smith, 13-3, in the 112-pound final after winning three other matches.
Earlier, Schulz pinned Oostburgās Dylan Jentink in 1:53, blanked Random Lakeās Tony Sanfelippo, 13-0, and pinned Elkhart Lakeās Neven Grigic in 1:17.
Garcia, a senior, won the 160-pound title by pinning Kyle Rentmeester of Elkhart Lake in 4:53 and improved to 24-2. On the way to the final, Garcia scored a 17-0 technical
fall over Random Lakeās Ben Bahr and pinned Oostburgās Aaron Bruggink in 3:32.
Cedar Grove-Belgium got second-place finishes from Wayne Paulus (215) and Matt Mueller (285) and a third from Zach Peiffer (125).
Paulus, a senior, won three of four matches, with his only loss coming to Patrick Kissel of Oostburg, 6-0. In his closest match, Paulus edged Random Lakeās Mason Anklam,
3-1, in overtime.
Mueller, a sophomore, scored pins over Elkhart Lakeās Dylan Entringer (39 seconds) and Random Lakeās Joe Schneider (3:21) before being pinned by Oostburgās Sam VanTatenhove in 2:55.
This Saturday, Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium will both participate in a WIAA Division 3 regional tournament at Random Lake.
Matches start at 10:30 a.m. The top two wrestlers in each weight class will qualify for sectional competition Feb. 20.
In addition, the regional team winner will advance to a team sectional meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Ozaukee.
CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUMāS Tyler Garcia scored a technical fall over Ben Bahr of Random Lake on his way to the 160-pound title at Saturdayās Central Lakeshore Conference tournament.Ā Photo by Sam Arendt