Four Ozaukee wrestlers take top CLC honors along with two for CG-Belgium
Forfeits derailed the Ozaukee wrestling teamâ€™s 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 Ozaukeeâ€™s failed pursuit of the team title were individual highlights. The Warriors emerged with four champions â€” 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 tournamentâ€™s 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 Oostburgâ€™s Cody Klemme in 1 minute, 28 seconds. On the way to the final, Thill defeated Elkhart
Lakeâ€™s Luke Klotzbach, 6-5, and pinned Random Lakeâ€™s B.J. Decker in 44 seconds.
After Thill pinned Klemme, his teammates lifted him on their shoulders in triumph, indicative of the Warriorsâ€™ close-knit team.
â€śWhen he went out there and stuck Oostburg, the kids went nuts,â€ť Ozaukee co-coach Luke Gundrum said.
â€śIt was a big deal, a pretty neat experience. They take a big vested interest in each otherâ€™s successes and failures.â€ť
And it was revenge.
â€śThill lost to every one of the kids in his bracket earlier in the year. Then he comes through and beats â€™em all to win it,â€ť Gundrum said.
â€śHe was probably the biggest story of the day for us.â€ť
Scott Watry (32-10) outlasted Oostburgâ€™s 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 Lakeâ€™s Lucas Schneider, 11-3.
â€śThat one for me probably was the biggest deal just because heâ€™s a senior,â€ť Gundrum said of Watry. â€śIt was good to see him get on that Wall of Fame.â€ť
The Wall of Fame, which honors Ozaukeeâ€™s conference champions, is in the schoolâ€™s wrestling room.
Brady Watry (30-11) dominated his weight class by scoring three pins. He defeated Elkhart Lakeâ€™s Adam Klotzbach in 2:59, needed 3:50 to defeat Lucas Alva of Cedar Grove-
Belgium and capped his day by pinning Oostburgâ€™s Randy Theune in 1:01.
Leonard (28-8) also stormed through his weight class to secure top honors. He pinned Random Lakeâ€™s Andrew Gatz in 1:15 and Elkhart Lakeâ€™s Shane Schanke in 2:16 before
defeating Zach Lichucki of Oostburg, 7-3.
â€śPat wrestled well. Lichucki is a pretty solid kid. It was a good match,â€ť Gundrum said.
Ozaukee received second-placed finishes from Ian Hughes (103), Logan Smith (112), Ethan Brouillette (119) and Vince Cardarelle (152).
Hughes defeated Random Lakeâ€™s Mark Meyer in a dual meet this season, but Meyer won this time, 7-5.
â€śEvery time those two kids meet, itâ€™s going to be a close battle,â€ť Gundrum said.
Cardarelle won twice before losing to Oostburgâ€™s Lucas Copp, 10-1, in the final. Copp was a state qualifier last year.
â€śOverall, I think we definitely had a good tournament,â€ť Gundrum said.
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s 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 Oostburgâ€™s Dylan Jentink in 1:53, blanked Random Lakeâ€™s Tony Sanfelippo, 13-0, and pinned Elkhart Lakeâ€™s 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 Lakeâ€™s Ben Bahr and pinned Oostburgâ€™s 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 Lakeâ€™s Mason Anklam,
3-1, in overtime.
Mueller, a sophomore, scored pins over Elkhart Lakeâ€™s Dylan Entringer (39 seconds) and Random Lakeâ€™s Joe Schneider (3:21) before being pinned by Oostburgâ€™s 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-BELGIUMâ€™S Tyler Garcia scored a technical fall over Ben Bahr of Random Lake on his way to the 160-pound title at Saturdayâ€™s Central Lakeshore Conference tournament.Â Photo by Sam Arendt