Rockets have a tough time against state-ranked foes; Ozaukee tested at Early Bird
The Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team started its season at a tournament that was more challenging than expected.
The Rockets posted a 1-4 record in last Saturday’s Lomira Duals, with their losses coming against state-ranked foes.
“It was a little bit of a test,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said.
“Being early in the season, I think a couple of guys were a little out of shape yet.”
The Rockets’ Isaac Brockman went 4-0 at 138 pounds and lost his only match of the day when he was bumped up to 145.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Danny Gjertson was 4-1 at 285 pounds, losing to a Ripon wrestler ranked among the top five in the state. Gjertson is ranked in the top 10.
Also for the Rockets, Eric Isken went 4-1 at 126 pounds, and Abel Brockman was 3-2 at 113.
Cedar Grove-Belgium lost a close meet to state-ranked Chilton/Hilbert and fell to Lomira, which won the tournament.
“Lomira’s tough. They’re pretty deep all the way across,” Peterson said.
In their other meets, the Rockets lost to Ripon, beat Oconomowoc’s reserve squad and lost to state-ranked Kenosha Christian Life.
Coming off breaks for Thanksgiving and deer hunting, the Rockets had a tough time facing five teams in their first tournament of the season.
“I don’t think we were fully ready for that tough of competition,” Peterson said.