CG-Belgium senior caps prep wrestling career with consolation medal in Div. 2 individual state tournament
Cedar Grove-Belgium senior Abel Brockman won the final match of his high school wrestling career and came back from Madison with some hardware to show for it.
Brockman placed fifth in the 120-pound weight class of the WIAA Division 2 individual state tournament last week.
“It was a big goal of his to get on the awards stand. He wrestled well,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said.
Brockman (39-8) beat River Valley’s Caleb Radtke (34-12) on a 6-4 decision in the fifth-place match final Saturday at the Kohl Center.
Brockman gave up two takedowns in the one-minute first period and then turned it around.
“After that, it was a pretty controlled match,” Peterson said.
Brockman won his first match Thursday, scoring a 5-1 decision over Beloit Turner’s Trey Bivens (39-10).
On Friday, Brockman faced Denmark’s Brock Bergelin (37-1), a two-time defending state champion. Bergelin won an 8-3 decision in his most difficult match of the tournament on his way to a third state title. His other two matches included major-decision victories of 10-0 and 9-0.
“We gave him the best match of the tournament,” Peterson said.
Brockman followed that with a 3-2 win over Lodi’s Colton Nicolay (32-15) that advanced him to Saturday and guaranteed a medal for finishing in the top six.
On Saturday, Brockman lost an 8-4 decision to Amery’s Mike Smith (34-5), setting up his fifth-place match.
Brockman graduates with 120 career victories, according to Track Wrestling.
“He had a real good career. He’s going to be a tough guy to lose,” Peterson said.
The Rockets’ other state qualifier, 152-pound junior Bryce Morgan (17-8), lost his only match, dropping an 8-2 decision to Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee’s Sam Burzynski (41-6).
Peterson said Morgan nearly had a takedown at the start of the match that could have changed the tone, but it happened barely out of bounds.
“Hopefully, he’ll use that experience next year to win a few matches,” Peterson said.
Pirates’ Makoutz goes 1-2
Port Washington’s Preston Makoutz (28-14) wrestled three Division 1 matches in his first state tournament.
The 132-pound senior won his first match Thursday, posting a 5-1 decision over Brookfield East’s David Holzem (26-13).
“He had a nice match and controlled it. He was ready to go,” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said.
In his second match, Makoutz lost a 15-3 major decision to Stoughton’s Brandon Klein (53-3). Klein went on to win his second state title.
LaRosa said Klein’s height and length were difficult to overcome.
In the consolation round, Makoutz lost his first match, dropping an 8-7 decision to Merrill’s Devon Schultz (40-4).
“That was a tough loss. Preston was winning the match, and it was back and forth,” LaRosa said.
“There were maybe some iffy calls. That’s a tough kid. There’s no shame in losing to that kid, 8-7, but you can’t drop winnable matches at state and get on the podium.”
Even so, LaRosa said Makoutz performed well and peaked at the right time.
“This is the best he wrestled his whole high school career. He had nothing to be upset about,” LaRosa said.
“He did everything right. He did all the work. He put in the time. We couldn’t have asked anything more out of him.”
Grafton wrestlers fall in first round
Grafton’s two state qualifiers were eliminated by first-round defeats in Division 2.
At 126 pounds, Ellis Pfleger (25-12) lost a 9-0 major decision to Freedom’s Mitch Garvey (33-13).
At 170 pounds, Nick Rapp (31-12) was pinned by Freedom’s Matt Verhasselt (33-12).
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