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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:44

Pirates extend North Shore Conference team title streak with dominant show that includes nine individual champs

Someday, somewhere the Port Washington wrestling team’s dominance of the North Shore Conference will come to end.

Last Saturday at Grafton High School clearly wasn’t the time or place, though.

Powering their way to nine first-place finishes in 14 weight classes, the Pirates won the NSC team title for the 11th consecutive year.

Coach Angelo LaRosa’s squad piled up 295.5 points, comfortably ahead of runner-up Germantown’s 212.

Whitefish Bay was third with 166.5 points, followed by Homestead (156), Cedarburg (106.5), Grafton (88.5), Nicolet (84) and Milwaukee Lutheran (46).

“We had a good day. We wanted to get all 14 of our wrestlers into the finals, but we just missed with 11,” LaRosa said.

“As it was, we won nine of those 11 matches, so we did very well. The guys were getting after it and looked sharp.”

With individual champions wherever you look, it’s tough to single out one or two Pirates. However, the most impressive performances may have come from freshman Jordan Dieringer and junior Josh Meins, who cruised to top honors at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively.

Each went 3-0 with three first-period pins.

Dieringer defeated foes from Milwaukee Lutheran and Cedarburg before pinning Germantown’s Danny Krause in 44 seconds. Dieringer has an 11-3 season record.

 
Herzog-less Rockets prevail PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:42

Weathering the storm worked wonders for the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team last Friday.

Despite missing standout forward Jon Herzog due to an injury, the host Rockets surged ahead early against Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah and carried a 34-26 lead into halftime.

Elkhart Lake pulled within two points in the third period, but Cedar Grove-Belgium regrouped to secure a 74-68 win in Central Lakeshore Conference play.

“With Jon out of the lineup (with a strained Achilles tendon), we had to have other guys come through for us,” Rockets coach Jim Meinen said.

Seniors Josh Ruppel and T.J. Obbink carried much of the load in Herzog’s absence.

Ruppel scored a team-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Obbink had 20 points. Kyle Kirst and Luke Kaat added 13 and nine points, respectively.

The Rockets, who improved to 5-6 in CLC play and 8-8 overall, clung to a 46-42 lead after three quarters. They quickened the offensive pace in the final period by outlasting Elkhart Lake, 28-26.

Obbink had 11 points in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets made 10 of 14 free throws.

“T.J. has really taken on a leadership role for us,” Meinen said.

Meinen also singled out the front-line play of senior Luke Kaat and sophomore R.J. Lemmerman.

The Resorters (3-9 in the conference) got most of their firepower from Blake Loucks and Justin Schneider, who scored 20 and 19 points, respectively. Loucks, who had 13 points in the fourth quarter, was particularly tough on the Rockets.

“He broke us down defensively several times,” Meinen said. “Fortunately, we hit some big baskets and free throws down the stretch.”

 
Warriors, Rockets take aim at mat titles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 18:16

Local wrestling teams set for CLC tournament after squaring off in dual meet

While a Central Lakeshore Conference team championship is out of reach for the Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling teams, individual titles are well within reach.

Powerhouses Random Lake and Oostburg are expected to dominate the CLC tournament this Saturday, and many of the top names may be the same in WIAA regional and sectional meets the next two weeks.sports2

But Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said teams may move their wrestlers around so the same athletes don’t face off each time. Different strategies are used in going for team scores and advancing individuals to the state level.

“The nice thing about wrestling is you have both aspects there,” Gundrum said.

“We’ll do what we can as a team, obviously. Even when you’re going at it for a team, you have to get the job done as an individual.”

Ozaukee heads into Saturday’s conference final at Oostburg after scoring two easy wins in dual meets last week.

The Warriors cruised past host Cedar Grove-Belgium, 44-24, on Jan. 26 after crushing Beloit Memorial, 66-18, at home two days earlier.

“There was nothing real exciting out of that dual meet,” Gundrum said of the win over the Rockets, a meet that had eight forfeits.

Ozaukee got a pin from Cole Large (113 pounds), who defeated Nick Wieberdink in 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

 
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