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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:00

CG-Belgium wrestlers get five runner-up finishes on way to 3rd place in conference tournament

Cedar Grove-Belgium struggled to get its wrestling lineup in the optimum weight classes at last Saturday’s Big East Conference tournament, and that weighed heavily on the results.
The Rockets ended up taking third place with 192.5 points. Random Lake won the title with 233 points, and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove was second with 206.5.
Host Ozaukee scored 46.5 points to take seventh out of eight teams.
“Stuff didn’t go our way from the get-go,” Rockets coach Trevor Peterson said.
“We struggled to get guys into weights a little bit. With what we were having to do, we knew those weren’t going to be quite the draws we wanted.”
CAEL LARGE s1020318456Five Rockets took second place, and Peterson said all of their losses in the finals came against tough opponents.
At 152 pounds, Bryce Morgan had Random Lake’s Aiden Vandenbush score a reversal with 30 seconds left in the match and lost, 2-0.

“He’s a tough kid, a very good kid,” Peterson said of Vandenbush.
At 192, Ben Anzia lost a 5-1 decision to Grayson Vandenbush of Random Lake.
Josh TeStroete (145) lost a 15-0 technical fall to Max Ward of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove.
At 160, Griffin Prinsen lost to Brandon Stelzer of Reedsville on a 9-0 major decision.
Quinn Hoopman (120) lost a 12-2 major decision to Anthony Rautmann of Random Lake.
“We went into the finals in the lead (in the team standings). We knew that it was going to be tough to hold,” Peterson said.
The Rockets won four third-place matches.
At 138, Tyler Kowalkowski pounds pinned Philip Paulus of Ozaukee. Sawyer DeRuyter (170) won a 7-5 decision over Max Hrubecky of Mishicot.
Brett Feind (220) won by forfeit over a banged-up Tyler Kies of Random Lake. Hunter Wade (182) lost his only match of the day, but got three byes.
The Rockets’ Jackson DeRuyter (106) and Jordan Sells (126) each placed fourth.
For the Rockets to win the conference, they needed to win the tournament and Random Lake had to finish no better than third.
Ozaukee didn’t bring its best early on, but came back later. Three of the Warriors’ five wrestlers took third, one took fourth and another sixth.
“We came out a little bit flat. We dropped our first few matches, but our team bounced back with strong performances the rest of the tournament,” Ozaukee coach Marcus Lubner said.
The Warriors’ Cael Large (106) won his third-place match with a 19-4 tech fall over the Rockets’ Jackson DeRuyter.
Also taking third were Travis Simpson (120) with a 10-2 major decision over Jackson Stetson of Reedsville and Anthony Pawling (145) with a 10-8 decision over Gerardo Mendoza Reyes of Random Lake.
Paulus (138) took fourth.
“We are just refocusing this week to get ready for the regional tournament on Saturday,” Lubner said.
Peterson said he hopes the Rockets can win the team regional on Saturday for the first time since he was a senior at the school in 2000.
Cedar Grove-Belgium will compete in a Division 2 regional meet at Sheboygan Falls against five other teams, including rival Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove.
The same day, Ozaukee heads to Horicon to compete against five other teams, including Random Lake.
The winning team and top two individuals in each weight class advance to sectionals.

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