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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:16

Random Lake wrestlers use pin power to subdue Ozaukee in CLC showdown

A big wrestling meet against Central Lakeshore Conference rival Random Lake didn’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 Ozaukee’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.

“I think Colton and Mudlaff are good enough to beat anyone in Madison. It could be for the whole thing,” Gundrum said.

Doubleheader leaves Port, Grafton with split decisions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:14

Pirate boys prevail in finale after Lady Hawks take opener in basketball twin bill

The Port Washington and Grafton basketball teams scored a split decision in a North Shore Conference coed doubleheader Monday.

After Grafton defeated the host Pirates, 37-28, in the girls’ game, Port returned the favor by winning the boys’ contest, 55-33.

The games were the makeup of a doubleheader postponed Jan. 7 due to inclement weather.

The Grafton girls used a big third quarter to secure their fourth straight win.

Port trailed by only 18-16 at halftime, but the Black Hawks broke things open with a 14-6 run that gave them a 10-point lead entering the final period.

Rachel Schmitz scored 12 points to lead Grafton, which improved to 4-4 in the conference and 11-5 overall.

Teammate Rachel Ruona added 11 points.

Port, which fell to 2-6 in NSC play and 3-10 overall, was led by Amanda Baierl’s seven points.

In the boys’ game, Port took control early, grabbing a 12-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and stretching the margin to 31-11 by halftime.

The Pirates used a blend of stingy defense and steady offense, making eight three-point baskets.

Forward Sam Weiland scored a game-high 15 points for Port, which improved to 4-5 in the conference and 9-7 overall.

Rockets overcome shaky start to edge Ozaukee boys PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:13

In basketball games between evenly matched teams, one quarter can make all the difference.

Just ask the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ team, which used a big second quarter to overcome a shaky start and then hung on for a 48-45 win over visiting Ozaukee in a Central Lakeshore Conference game last Friday.

“The first half was the tale of two difference quarters for us,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jim Meinen said.

“We didn’t play well in the first quarter, but then we turned up our defense in the second quarter. When we do that, it also brings up the energy in our offense.”

Riding the hot hand of guard Owen Miller, Ozaukee bolted to an 18-7 lead in the opening eight minutes. Miller finished the night with a game-high 18 points.

However, the Rockets regrouped, allowing only four points in the second period in building a 25-22 lead by halftime.

The rest of the game was tightly contested, with Cedar Grove-Belgium gaining the final edge with balanced offense.

Freshman Josh Weiss and senior Adam Chier provided much of the spark with 13 points apiece. Each had a trio of three-point baskets.

In the final minute, Ozaukee had a chance to pull ahead, but Miller came up short on a shot. Jacob Winker hit two free throws to help the Rockets seal the win.

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