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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 18:13

Port Washington wrestler captures Greco-Roman, freestyle championships at prestigious Fargo tourney

Alex Dieringer graduated from Port Washington High School last spring as the most decorated wrestler in school history.imagAlex Dieringer

But that doesn’t mean the honors have stopped coming for the former Pirates’ standout.

Dieringer continued to shine in the mat spotlight last month by winning a pair of titles in the Cadet and Junior Nationals tournament in Fargo, N.D.

Going undefeated in 21 matches, Dieringer won the 152-pound Junior title in Greco-Roman competition and the Junior freestyle crown at 160.

For his efforts, he was named the tournament’s most outstanding freestyle wrestler.

Dieringer’s sweep of top honors gives him five national titles at the USA Wrestling tournament, which annually attracts the country’s top high school wrestlers.

In March, Dieringer capped an outstanding career at Port High by winning his third WIAA state title in four years. He finished with a 172-4 career record with the Pirates and will attend Oklahoma State University this fall on a wrestling scholarship.

Dieringer was one of nine Port wrestlers who took part in the national tournament as members of Team Wisconsin.

Participating in the Junior Nationals were Tyler Griswold (freestyle, Greco-Roman), Adam Dreikosen (Greco-Roman), Josh Meins (freestyle, Greco-Roman) and Tyler Brown (Greco-Roman).

Wrestling in the Cadet freestyle and Greco-Roman competition were Jordan Dieringer, Nathan Schnell, Tyler Madden and Zach Smith.

 
Short-lived magic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 16:30

Sectional semifinal loss to Bay douses Port Washington’s spark in baseball playoffs

Exhilaration propelled Port Washington into the sectional round of the WIAA baseball tournament last week.PORT WASHINGTON COACH Jeff Dornburg (far right) gathered his infield players for a talk on the mound during Friday’s sectional-semifinal loss to Whitefish Bay.        Photo by Sam Arendt

Just as quickly, a lack of execution ended the Pirates’ playoff trail.

After rallying to upset Nicolet in a first-round game, Port had no magic left at Whitefish Bay, which hammered out an 8-1 win in a rain-delayed sectional semifinal at Cahill Park on Friday.

“They just came out, hit the ball and put us in a hole,” said Pirates coach Jeff Dornburg, whose team fell behind in the second inning and never recovered.

“It wasn’t our day. We had some scoring opportunities, but we weren’t able to take advantage of them.”

The Pirates, who started the day with a season-best four-game winning streak, threatened to score in the first inning. But after loading the bases with two outs, they came away empty.

Bay wasn’t about to return the favor.

In the bottom of the second, the Blue Dukes’ first two batters reached against Port starter Derek Haley — Pat Rose on a single and James Stecker with a walk.

Grant Menard followed with a long home run that cleared the left-field fence and put Bay up, 3-0.

Before the inning ended, the Dukes added another run, with Pat Harrington’s RBI single making it 4-0.

While Bay starter Justin Alt continued to blank the Pirates, the Dukes tacked on two runs in the third. This time, Johnny Markweise’s two-run double made it 6-0.

Port’s only offensive highlight came in the fourth.

After Max Kaske walked to start the inning, Nick Godersky singled and Zach Hauser walked to load the bases.

Port tried to steal a run by inducing a throw to second base, but the Dukes’ relay caught Kaske at the plate. The Pirates then had to settle for an RBI groundout by
Haley.

Port had four hits the rest of the way, but all were singles. Bay turned a double play in the seventh to help snuff out the Pirates’ final scoring chance.

“We just didn’t execute,” Dornburg said. “Whenever we got something going, we couldn’t finish it.”

 
Hard-hitting Spartans end CG-Belgium’s dream season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 16:26

West Bend West shows why it’s a title favorite by putting hammer to Rockets

After stumbling a bit late in the regular season, the Cedar Grove-Belgium baseball team regained its footing in the WIAA playoffs last week — at least for one game.imagCEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM pitcher Josh Ruppel got a regional win last week but took the loss in a sectional semifinal game Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt

The Rockets defeated Campbellsport in a regional title game before having to face top-seeded West Bend West in the sectional semifinals Friday.

Host West, one of the favorites to win the state title, dashed Cedar Grove-Belgium’s postseason hopes by cruising to a 15-0 victory in a contest shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.

An 11-run fourth inning put the Spartans firmly in control.

Despite the lopsided outcome, the fourth-seeded Rockets put up an early fight against a team from a school nearly four times as large as Cedar Grove-Belgium.

The Rockets, who lost their final two games of the regular season before taking care of Campbellsport, were poised for a fast start against West.

In the top of the first inning, Kyle Kirst drew a one-out walk, and Josh Ruppel and Darren Koopman hit line-drive singles to load the bases.

After West brought its infield in, Luke Kaat hit a bouncer between third base and shortstop. Third baseman Jack Meurer made a diving stop to his left, got up and threw out Kirst on a close play at the plate.

West retired the next hitter and dodged the early threat. Rockets coach Mike Ruppel said that sequence changed the momentum of the game.

Cedar Grove-Belgium didn’t get another base runner until Christian O’Donnell reached on a bunt single in the fifth.

Rockets starter Josh Ruppel cruised through the first two innings, retiring the Spartans in order and striking out two. After he allowed four runs on five hits in the third inning, the roof caved in during the fourth.

 
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