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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 18:08

Port has three individual champs but can’t keep Dogs from taking team mat crown

They didn’t go down without a fight, but the Port Washington Pirates’ reign as kings of North Shore Conference wrestling officially ended last Saturday.

Despite having three individual champions and two runner-up finishes, Port trailed champion Cedarburg in the conference tournament at Milwaukee Lutheran.

Cedarburg used its depth to score 227 points, well ahead of runner-up Port’s 196.5, and snapped the Pirates’ string of 12 consecutive NSC team titles.

“Cedarburg has a nice team this year. Hats off to them,” said Port coach Angela LaRosa, whose squad last failed to win the tournament in 2001, when Germantown took the crown.

“We won the last 12 in a row, so we’re proud of that streak. But now it was time for someone else.”

The chase for this year’s title was expected to become a two-team race after Cedarburg finished a close second to the Pirates in 2013. However, the Bulldogs solidified their claim as the favorite when they defeated Port, 41-25, on Dec. 18, handing the Pirates their first conference dual-meet loss in 13 seasons.

Disappointment aside, Port had plenty of standout performances Saturday, including first-place finishes by seniors Noah Rosado (120 pounds) and Quentin Lueck (152) and junior Zach Smith (126).

Rosado had no trouble improving his season record 31-4. After a first-round bye, he pinned two foes, including Lutheran’s Max Riederer in 2 minutes, 49 seconds, in the final.

 
NSC leaders too much for Lady Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 18:00

Germantown, Bay stay several steps ahead of Grafton girls in North Shore games

A jolt of basketball reality brought the Grafton girls’ team back to earth last week.

After winning five straight games, including four in North Shore Conference play, the Black Hawks put their restored confidence on the line against the league’s top two teams.

But co-leaders Germantown and Whitefish Bay had no trouble handling Grafton, building early leads and steadily pulling away for convincing wins.

The pace was particularly tough on the Black Hawks in a 70-42 home loss to Germantown on Friday.

After a competitive first quarter left Grafton trailing by only 13-9, Germantown broke things open with a 26-9 surge in the second period.

“We ended up turning the ball over way too much,” said Black Hawks coach Steve Reinhardt, whose team fell to 5-6 in NSC play.

 
Large, Beckmann, Wenzel rule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:57

Two Warriors, one Rocket secure mat championships in Central Lakeshore final

Ozaukee’s Cole Large and Kevin Beckmann and Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Greg Wenzel all ruled their weight classes at the Central Lakeshore Conference tournament last Saturday.

As expected, host Random Lake ran away with team title, but this week Ozaukee has an advantage. The Warriors will participate in a WIAA Division 3 regional at Dodgeland, while Random Lake will host its own regional.

Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said the scheduling puts his team in a position to win its first regional title since 2006, with Lomira providing the toughest challenge.

On Saturday, Random Lake had a wrestler reached the first final in all 14 weight classes and scored 277.5 points.

Ozaukee was a distant second with 183.5 points, followed by Oostburg (158), Cedar Grove-Belgium (115) and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (70).

Large (34-4), a senior who became Ozaukee’s career wins leader two weeks ago, cruised to the 132-pound title.

 
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