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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 18:31

Ozaukee sophomore, CG-Belgium senior finish in top 5 at prestigious meet


Wrestlers from Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium were among the medal winners in the Mid-States Classic at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Dec. 28 and 29.

Ozaukee’s Cole Large earned second-place honors in the 106-pound weight class, and Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Matt Mueller was fifth at 220.

The other honorees were Ozaukee’s Ethan Brouillette (132) and Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Zach Schulz (126), who both finished eighth.

Ozaukee placed 18th in the 42-team standings with 68 points, and Cedar Grove-Belgium was 33rd with 33 points.CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Zach Schulz, shown taking down an opponent in a recent meet, placed eighth in the 126-pound weight class at the Mid-States Classic in Whitewater last week. Schulz’s bracket was among the toughest in the 42-team, two-day tournament.                      Photo by Sam Arendt

Champion Burlington had 193.5 points, and Mukwonago (168) and Iowa-Grant (161.5) were second and third, respectively.

Large (22-1) continued to show why he is one of the area’s top wrestlers in his weight division. The sophomore went into the tournament undefeated and remained that way before losing, 2-0, to Ricardo Roman (15-1) of Belvedere North, Ill., in the first-place final.

“Cole’s been wrestling very well,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.

“The kid he lost to won it last year at 103. He’s definitely the highlight of the tournament for us, that’s for sure.”

On his way to the title match, Large received a bye, pinned Patrick Witz of Wausau East in 2 minutes, 51 seconds; defeated Burlington’s Ben Hornickle, 7-5; and outlasted New Trier’s Colin Kenyon, 6-4.

Mueller (19-4) defeated Iowa-Grant’s Cody Rider, 8-2, in the fifth-place final.

In his earlier matches, Mueller received a bye; pinned Ryan Dow of East Troy in 57 seconds and Brookwood’s Derek Osmond in 2:33, lost to Mukwonago’s Luke Belich, 7-5, and was pinned by New Trier’s John Benson in 1:35.

“Matt had a pretty good tournament,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said of the senior.

“The match that he lost in the semifinals was to a kid (Belich) ranked No. 1 in Division 1 right now.”

A late slip cost Mueller the match.  With the score tied, 5-5, he went for a takedown but stumbled, allowing Belich to score as time expired.

“It was a buzzer beater. It was tied with a couple of seconds left,” Peterson said.

 
Benzschawel’s breakout boosts Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 18:26

Sophomore‘s career-best game leads Grafton boys to second-day victory in Wisconsin Yearbook Shootout


Beau Benzschawel picked a dandy time for a breakout game.

Just ask the Grafton boys’ basketball team, which rode the center’s hot hand to a 57-47 win over Burlington Catholic Central at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout Dec. 28.

Benzschawel, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Black Hawks, who earned a split in two tournament games at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.GUARD ROBBIE DORING scored 16 points to help the Grafton boys’ team defeat Burlington Catholic Central, 57-47, in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout.                         Photo by Sam Arendt

“Beau played fantastic,” said Grafton coach Kevin McKenna, whose team rebounded from a loss to Oshkosh Lourdes the previous day.

“He’s really progressed and is coming on strong for us. Now he’s got to continue to believe in himself and be consistent.”

Benzschawel, who has shown flashes of talent but been inconsistent in his second varsity season, put it all together against Central.

His strong interior play helped Grafton stretch a 13-4 lead after one quarter to 28-18 at the break.

Although the teams played to a 29-29 deadlock in the second half, the Hawks were never seriously threatened.

Benzschawel got plenty of offensive support even though only four Grafton players scored. Senior guard Robbie Doring had 16 points, and junior forward Scotty Tyler added 15.

“It was really good to see us come back from a disappointing loss to play like we did in the second game,” McKenna said.

“Our team could have just gone through the motions, but they showed a lot of character.”

Catholic Central was led by Race Wadsworth with 14 points.

The win, which evened the Hawks’ season record at 5-5, came in a showcase tournaments — a three-day, 22-game event featuring many of the state’s top teams.

“It was a good experience, a great chance for us to play during the holidays,” McKenna said.

Oshkosh Lourdes 58, Grafton 45

 
Resilient Hawks come up a bit short PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 18:41

Comeback in tight loss to Thomas More underscores determination of improved Grafton boys’ basketball team


A wake-up call arrived a bit too late for the Grafton boys’ basketball team in its final game before Christmas.

After a lackluster first half marred by defensive breakdowns, the host Black Hawks regrouped to give Thomas More a fight but fell short, 45-41, in a nonconference game Dec. 22.TIGHT PRESSURE by a Thomas More defender didn’t keep Grafton’s Josh Davis-Joiner from driving to the basket.          Photo by Sam Arendt

“We had a nice comeback, but the first half wasn’t very good,” said Grafton coach Kevin McKenna, whose team trailed, 29-24, at intermission after More forward Trevor Wattawa scored 16 of his game-high 24 points.

“We had trouble staying with their flex offense. When we went to a zone and tried some different defenses, we stayed with them.”

The Hawks, who allowed just 16 points in the second half, positioned themselves for a comeback win by pulling within 37-35 by the end of the third period. However, they managed just six points in the fourth quarter.

Grafton had several chances to tie the game in the closing minutes but misfired each time.

“With two minutes left, we had two or three really good looks but couldn’t hit one,” McKenna said.

In contrast to the Cavaliers’ Wattawa-led offense, the Hawks relied on a three-pronged scoring attack.

Scotty Tyler set the pace with 14 points, and Robbie Doring and Mitchell Kurz had 12 and 11, respectively. Kurz, a junior, had half of the Hawks’ six three-point baskets.

McKenna also singled out point guard Jake Wilde, who had only one basket but provided steady floor leadership.

“Robbie and Jake both had very good games,” he said. “At one point, Jake pulled himself out and told me to give Mitchell a chance because he was shooting well. I really respect him for the unselfish way he put his team first.”

As disappointing as the first half was, McKenna was impressed with his team’s resilience.

 
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