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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 20:54

Ozaukee wrestling team rallies to snap five-year skid with road win over Oostburg

It had been five years since Ozaukee got the best of Oostburg in a dual wrestling meet.

Until last week, that is.

Overcoming an early deficit with six straight match wins, the Warriors defeated host Oostburg, 38-31, in a Central Lakeshore Conference showdown Friday.

A key match came at 106 pounds, where Ozaukee’s Chase Kraus pinned fellow freshman Jarrett Gassner in 3 minutes, 15 seconds.

“It was the biggest match that he’s ever wrestled in,” Warriors coach Luke Gundrum said of Kraus.

“You’re not quite sure what’s going to happen. He was impressive. He went out there and made a lot of adjustments.”

Senior Ian Hughes also came through for the Warriors at 152 pounds by pinning Lucas Alva in 3:00. The victory came in Hughes’ first match since he was injured last season.

“We planned on bringing Ian back for some dual meets. That was a good one to bring him back for,” Gundrum said.

The meet started at 170 pounds, where Kevin Beckmann pinned Oostburg’s Austin Portschy in 3:15.

The Flying Dutchman responded by winning the next four weights by a decision, technical fall, pin and forfeit to build a 20-6 lead.

But then came the Kraus match, and the tide turned with Ozaukee’s victory streak.

Colton Kraus scored a 14-1 major decision at 113, Cole Large won a 8-5 decision at 120, Colin Hughes pulled out a 8-6 victory at 126, Taz Gottsacker scored a 12-0 major decision at 132 and Logan Smith pinned his opponent at 138 in 3:15.

Oostburg stopped the bleeding with a pin at 145, but Ian Hughes ended the suspense with his victory.

Gundrum said the key for his team wasn’t just winning matches but avoiding giving up six points in each loss.

Grant Klas lost by technical fall at 195 but saved a point by not getting pinned. At 182, Sam Schuette lost a 2-0 decision that only cost the Warriors three points.

Entering this season, Gundrum said he knew it would be tough to fill some of the heavier weights, but Ozaukee’s lone forfeit against Oostburg came at 285.

“Every year Oostburg puts good teams on the mat,” he said. “It might be another four or five years before we beat them again, but it felt good.”

Gundrum also said he wanted his team to end its traditional third-place finish in the conference behind Random Lake and Oostburg. Last Friday, the Warriors took a huge step toward cracking the top two.

This week, Ozaukee will participate in the Mid-States Invitational at Whitewater on Thursday and Friday.

 
Records fall in Nennig’s wake PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:20

Grafton senior makes quick work of two pool marks at Elk Invitational

The beat goes on for Al Nennig.

Already the holder of most Grafton High School boys’ swimming records, the senior added two more marks to his resumé at the Elk Invitational in Elkhorn last Saturday.

Nennig set pool records while winning the 50-meter freestyle (24.28 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.71). His times broke the old standards of 25.48 and 1:08.63.

“Al had great races. He blew away both records,” Grafton coach Mark Minz said.

Nennig had the lone wins for the Black Hawks, who placed seventh in the 10-team meet with 212 points.

Grafton’s next-best finishes were seconds by senior Brad Kempka in the 100 freestyle (57.69) and the 200 medley relay of Tyler Kish, Nennig, Kieran Paddock and Kempka (1:58.53).

Minz said his team had hoped to place in the top three in the overall standings but was missing swimmers due to illness. In addition, the Hawks were disqualified in the last event, the 400 relay race.

 
Ailing Port perks up at Marty Loy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:18

Shorthanded wrestling team battles way to 4th place in high-profile tournament

For a wrestling team with a long sick list, the Port Washington Pirates did pretty well in a high-profile tournament last Saturday.

Despite having a shorthanded lineup, coach Angelo LaRosa’s squad placed fourth out of 25 teams at the annual Marty Loy Classic in Fond du Lac.

“Half of our team got sick. We had kids out with the flu, bronchitis or strep throat,” LaRosa said.

“We planned to have 31 or 32 guys up there for the varsity and junior-varsity, but on Friday I had to scratch 12 of them.”

The Pirates scored 143 points, trailing only Wausau West (284.5), Hudson (191) and Lake Geneva Badger (155).

Although Port failed to win an individual title, it had six top-five finishes.

 
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