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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:45

Ruona-led Grafton digs down to outlast Homestead, avenge early-season defeat

After seeing his team struggle in a 30-25 loss to Homestead in December, Grafton girls’ basketball coach Steve Reinhardt was hoping for better things in last Friday’s rematch. Much better.

He wasn’t disappointed again.


Not only did the Black Hawks nearly double their previous point production, they made enough defensive stops to stymie Homestead, 45-42, in a hard-fought North Shore Conference game and notch their fifth straight victory.


“This is a big win for us,” Reinhardt said. “We hung tough and found a way to get it done.


“It was just like a lot of our other games. We might have two great plays in a row and then have eight bad plays, but we keep working hard.”


Grafton built a 26-16 halftime lead behind the hot shooting of junior Rachel Ruona, who scored 13 of her game-high 21 points before intermission. However, the Highlanders fought back and eventually pulled within 42-40 with just over one minute to play.


Fueling Homestead’s determined rally was a 10-for-10 performance at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.


After forcing a Grafton turnover with pressure defense, the Highlanders pulled even at 42-42 on two free throws by Taylor McIlwraith, who led them with 16 points.


But following a timeout, the Hawks broke the press and regained the lead on a layup by Zoie Bauer.

 
Undermanned Hawks make most of home mats PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:42

Marshall, Duran shine at Grafton Duals; Port’s Rosado takes Pulaski Invitational title

A short-handed lineup kept Grafton High School wrestlers from contending for high team honors at their annual duals tournament last Saturday.

But that didn’t keep the Black Hawks from turning in several solid individual performances.


Senior Alex Marshall (220 pounds) and sophomore Arturo Duran (105) each posted 5-0 match records in the eight-team tournament.


Going 4-1 for the Hawks were Gary Ross (138) and Kevin Taylor (145).


Marshall improved his season mark to 33-4 with four first-period pins and a forfeit. In his quickest win, he pinned Milwaukee Pulaski’s Anthony Erdman in 36 seconds.


Duran (27-9) spent little time on mat, scoring two pins and receiving three forfeits. His fastest win was a 32-second fall over Elkhorn’s Matt Nelson.


Ross and Taylor each had four first-period pins. Their only losses came against Elkhorn, where Ross was pinned by Konnor Mohr in 3:33, and Taylor lost to John Olsen, 10-4.

 
Large stands alone among Warriors’ wrestling winners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:40

Cole Large did more than win the 132-pound weight class at the Pirate Invitational in Pewaukee last Saturday.

The senior became Ozaukee High School’s all-time leader in career wrestling wins with 147.

Large, who improved his season record to 28-4, secured the tournament title by defeating Pewaukee’s Trevor Greene, 9-4.

After a first-round bye, Large pinned Waupun’s Brett Roecker in 3 minutes, 15 seconds in the semifinals.

“That was a big deal,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said of Large’s record-setting achievement.

“I’m happy for Cole. He’s a great kid.”

Large topped the previous school mark held by Greg Lapinski, a 2005 graduate who was a four-time state qualifier and weighed about what Large does.

Large has reached the state level three times and will go for a fourth trip in a matter of weeks. He has 133 takedowns this season, nearing the Warriors’ season record of 165.

 
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