SENIOR VINCE CARDARELLE (right) won the 152-pound title and was one of seven Ozaukee wrestlers who qualified for the WIAA Division 3 state individual tournament with strong performances at the Cedar Grove-Belgium Sectional last Saturday.
Photo by Sam Arendt
Seven Ozaukee wrestlers advance in Div. 3 tournament; Garcia leads CG-Belgium trio
Ozaukee‚Äôs Brady Watry lost his first match at 135 pounds in last Saturday‚Äôs WIAA Division 3 wrestling sectional at Cedar Grove-Belgium and thought his high school career was over.
The winner of that match, Horicon‚Äôs Ben Dickenson, had to win his next match for Watry (37-11) to stay alive in the tournament. But Dickenson was facing Oakfield‚Äôs Robert Easterson, and things weren‚Äôt looking good.
Dickenson had beaten Watry, 6-3, and Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said his senior was a little nervous.
‚ÄúBrady thought things were over,‚ÄĚ Gundrum said. ‚ÄúIt was pretty emotional. He‚Äôs a great kid, a hard-working kid and qualified (for state) last year.‚ÄĚ
Somehow the stars were aligned. Dickenson pulled off a 6-2 win over Easterson that kept Watry‚Äôs season alive.
Watry responded by winning his next two matches, rallying to pin Kenosha St. Joseph‚Äôs Zack Fisher in 2 minutes, 45 seconds of the third-place final. That allowed Watry to become one of seven Ozaukee wrestlers who advanced to this week‚Äôs state individual tournament in Madison.
The list of local Division 3 qualifiers also includes three Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestlers.
For Ozaukee, Watry‚Äôs day was a microcosm of the sectional tournament for Ozaukee. The Warriors won most of their close matches and kept Gundrum from losing his wits.
‚ÄúThat was a very emotional day, a roller coaster,‚ÄĚ he said.
Other Ozaukee wrestlers headed to Madison include three champions, sophomores Logan Smith (119 pounds) and Ethan Brouillette (130) and senior Vince Cardarelle (152); a runner-up in sophomore Ian Hughes (125); and third-place finishers in freshmen Cole Large (103) and Taz Gottsacker (112).
‚ÄúI think we wrestled well all the way through. You don‚Äôt have too many days like that,‚ÄĚ Gundrum said.
Seven wrestlers is the most Ozaukee has set to state since 2002.
Cardarelle (39-11) won twice and then edged Oostburg‚Äôs Lance Hacker, 2-0, in double overtime for the title. He avenged a loss to Hacker in the regional tournament.
‚ÄúThat was a big deal, especially losing to the kid the week before,‚ÄĚ Gundrum said.
Smith (25-20) rolled through the sectional with three pins, including a 5:15 fall over Oshkosh Lourdes‚Äô Shaun Dowling in the final.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs just starting to put things together at the right time here,‚ÄĚ Gundrum said of Smith.
Brouillette (32-8) won by a technical fall and decision before defeating Kenosha St. Joseph‚Äôs Jared Francois, 12-6, in the title match.
Hughes (39-9) won twice by decision and then lost by injury default to Princeton‚Äôs Jacob Schweder (27-2).
Gottsacker (27-15) overcame a semifinal loss to defeat Erik Cedarquist of Winnebago Lutheran, 5-4, in the third-place final.
‚ÄúThe kid was coming at him pretty good, and he fought him off pretty well,‚ÄĚ Gundrum said of Gottsacker. ‚ÄúThat showed some pretty good poise for a freshman.‚ÄĚ
Large (33-13) lost his first match, won by decision in the consolation semifinals and defeated Laconia‚Äôs Quinn Lasecki in the third-place match. In a wrestleback for second place, Large lost to Random Lake‚Äôs Brandon Depies, 8-1.
‚ÄúGetting those two freshmen down there is a big deal. Now they get to experience the Kohl Center,‚ÄĚ Gundrum said.
At 140 pounds, Ozaukee‚Äôs Alex Thill (22-15) won his first match by forfeit but was then pinned twice. At 145, teammate Kevin Beckmann (24-21) lost by technical fall and was pinned.
Rockets send trio to Madison
All three of Cedar Grove-Belgium‚Äôs sectional competitors advanced to the state level, led by 160-pound champion Tyler Garcia (37-1).
He will be joined by Zach Schulz (119) and Matt Mueller (285).
Garcia, a senior, scored a 16-0 technical fall over Andrew Seibel of Winnebago Lutheran Academy, pinned Nick Bruley of Johnson Creek in 4:34 and pinned Markesan‚Äôs Nick Martinez in 2:40.
‚ÄúTyler wrestled tough. He‚Äôs wrestling great right now,‚ÄĚ Rockets coach Trevor Peterson said.
Mueller (30-7) placed second. The senior won twice by pin before losing, 8-4, to Random Lake‚Äôs Reed Anklam. In the second-place final, Mueller pinned Montello‚Äôs Jacob Deskins in 5:42.
It was the third straight week Mueller lost to Anklam, who defeated him in the Central Lakeshore Conference meet and at the regionals.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think Matt wrestled Reed the best match he can yet,‚ÄĚ Peterson said.
Schulz (35-10) won by pin in the quarterfinals but lost by decision in the semifinals. He then defeated Myles Walker of Catholic Central, 4-1, and pinned St. Joseph‚Äôs Nick Bolander in 53 seconds.
‚ÄúZach wrestled real well in his last two matches. It worked out pretty decent,‚ÄĚ Peterson said.
Garcia, a senior who reached the 100-wins career milestone this season, will be one of the favorites to win a state title this weekend. He received a first-round bye and will face either Ladysmith‚Äôs Mike Niles (27-7) or New Lisbon‚Äôs Joe Baumgart (19-3)
in the quarterfinals.
Garcia‚Äôs only loss of the season, a 6-4 decision, came against Iowa-Grant‚Äôs Logan Bollant on Dec. 30 in the Mid-States Wrestling Classic in Whitewater. Bollant (37-4) also qualified for state and if he and Garcia both advance far enough, a rematch
would be set in the semifinals.
Dieringer, two other Port wrestlers win sectional titles on way to Div. 1 state meet; Van Langen also qualifies
There‚Äôs a championship feel for the Port Washington Pirates as they head for this week‚Äôs WIAA Division 1 state individual wrestling tournament in Madison.
Coach Angelo La Rosa‚Äôs team will be represented by three seniors, each of whom is coming off a first-place performance at the Fond du Lac Sectional last Saturday ‚ÄĒ Alex Dieringer (142 pounds), Jake Maechtle (135) and Justin Meins (125).
Also joining the local contingent in the Division 1 meet will be a Grafton wrestler, senior Michael Van Langen, who earned his first state trip by placing second at 112 pounds in the West Allis Central Sectional.
The top two finishers in each weight class at Division 1 sectionals advance to the state level.
Heading the list of area qualifiers is Dieringer, who is seeking his third state championship. He made quick work of the sectional field, scoring three pins in as many matches, including a 26-second fall over Hartford‚Äôs Casey Kenealy in the final, and
improving his season record to 40-0.
Kenealy was no slouch, entering the first-place showdown with a 39-8 record, but was no match for Dieringer, a wrestler on a mission.
‚ÄúAlex just took him down and pinned him,‚ÄĚ La Rosa said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs wrestling at a different level than everyone else, like he has all season.‚ÄĚ
None of Dieringer‚Äôs opponents have been able to go the distance against him since the Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna on Dec. 30 and 31.
‚ÄúHis goal is to pin all 10 guys to win the state title ‚ÄĒ three in the regional, three in the sectional and four at state,‚ÄĚ La Rosa said. ‚ÄúHe wants to go out in style.‚ÄĚ
Before facing Kenealy, Dieringer scored two other first-period pins. He defeated Oshkosh North‚Äôs Daniel Rothe in 1:52 in the quarterfinals and took care of West Bend West‚Äôs Nick Gronski in 1:11 in the semifinals.
Dieringer will be making his fourth straight state appearance. He won titles at 103 pounds in 2008 and 140 in 2010 and finished second at 125 in 2009.
Maechtle (29-8) earned his first state trip with three impressive match wins, including an 11-6 decision over Kaukauna‚Äôs Cory Held in the final.
After pinning Slinger‚Äôs Chad Strupp in 1:48 in the first round, Maechtle pinned Neenah‚Äôs Andy Sheppard in 1:46 in the semifinals.
‚ÄúJake‚Äôs wrestling the best he‚Äôs ever wrestled in his whole career,‚ÄĚ La Rosa said. ‚ÄúHe looks great.‚ÄĚ
Meins (36-4) had to work a little harder than his teammates but secured his second state trip with three sectional wins, including an 8-1 victory over Neenah‚Äôs Alex Kueck in the title match.
After pinning Beaver Dam‚Äôs Bryan Buhalog in 3:56 in the quarterfinals, Meins advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over Nate Hennes of Hartford.
‚ÄúJustin had a tough match with the Hartford wrestler, who‚Äôs pretty good,‚ÄĚ La Rosa said. ‚ÄúBut he rose to the occasion and got the job done.‚ÄĚ
Meins will be aiming to improve on his fourth-place finish at 125 pounds last year.
Van Langen, a senior, led a contingent of four Grafton wrestlers who reached the sectional level. In improving his season record to 29-4, he went 2-1 Saturday, losing only to Nicolet‚Äôs Chris Morrell, 7-2, in the final.
Van Langen opened with a 1:24 pin over West Allis Hale‚Äôs Trevor Kruzick and defeated West Allis Central‚Äôs Mark Choinski, 7-2, in the semifinals.
Port sent 10 wrestlers to the sectional meet, including two ‚ÄĒ freshman Calvin Harbaugh (112) and sophomore Josh Meins (171) ‚ÄĒ whose third-place finishes fell one place shy of qualifying for state.
Harbaugh (34-10) won his first match by pin before being pinned in the semifinals. He then defeated West Bend West‚Äôs Tswryim Lor, 8-5, in the third-place match and had a chance to place second in a wrestleback. However, a hand injury forced
Harbaugh to default to Kaukauna‚Äôs Austin Heitpas.
Josh Meins (30-14) scored a quarterfinal pin before losing, 5-4, to Fond du Lac‚Äôs Luke Roffers in the semifinals. Meins then won the third-place match by pinning Hartford‚Äôs Mason Baumgartner in 3:37 but was unable to participate in a wrestleback
because of his loss to Roffers.
Among Port‚Äôs other sectional qualifiers, the Rosado brothers ‚ÄĒ Noah (103) and Eli (119) ‚ÄĒ each placed fourth. Losing in the first round were Adam Dreikosen (130), Nate Schnell (140) and Tyler Griswold (285).
Grafton‚Äôs only other place finisher in the West Allis Central Sectional was senior Matt Sieracki, who took third at 160 pounds. Sieracki (33-13) rebounded from a semifinal loss to defeat Menomonee Falls‚Äô Justin Bayer, 7-3, in the third-place match but
was edged in the second-place wrestleback, 6-3, by Arrowhead‚Äôs Mitchell Anderson.
Grafton‚Äôs other sectional qualifiers ‚ÄĒ Jacob Brunnquell (119), Alex Marshall (145), Justin Rapp (171) and Eric Moegenburg (215) ‚ÄĒ each lost in the quarterfinals. Moegenburg had the closest match, losing to West Allis Central‚Äôs Angel Orozco, 6-5.
Although no team honors are awarded at individual sectional tournaments, Port fared well in the standings, placing second with 93 points. The Pirates trailed only Hartford, which had 101 points, out of 16 teams with wrestlers at the meet.
Grafton had 22 points and was 10th out of 14 teams in its sectional. Host Central topped the field with 142.5 points.