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Big Scramble, big dividends PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:56
DALTON PEIFFER of Cedar Grove-Belgium (right) battled Brillion’s Jess Bashada before losing a 10-4 decision in the opening round of the Rocket Scramble wrestling invitational on Saturday. Peiffer finished 11th in the 145-pound weight class.                                                 Photo by Sam Arendt

CG-Belgium’s Garcia, Mueller emerge as kings of their classes at annual invite


The Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team had two champions in its annual Rocket Scramble last Saturday, none better than Tyler Garcia.


The 160-pound senior, who has more than 100 wins in his career, dominated his weight class and finished the day 5-0.

“Tyler’s wrestling really good right now,” Rockets coach Trevor Peterson said.

“He had three pretty good kids in that final round, and he didn’t have a single close match. He handled everybody.”

Garcia (24-1) received a first-round bye, won by pin and scored three straight  victories by decision.

After defeating Ryan Geiger of Brillion, 7-0, in the semifinals, he overpowered Valders’ Caynen Klessig, 15-4, to secure the title.

The Rockets finished seventh in the 17-team field with 474 points. Shiocton won the title with 601, one point ahead of runner-up Brookfield East.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s other champion was heavyweight Matt Mueller, a junior who improved his season record to 21-3.

After a first-round bye, Mueller won his next four matches. The victories included a technical fall and major decision before he pinned Valders’ Matt Miedl in 49 seconds and defeated Oostburg’s Brad DenBoer, 4-0, in the final.

The Rockets’ next-best finish came from Zach Schulz, who placed third at 119 pounds.

After a bye and win, Schulz lost a 4-0 decision to Casey Dentino of Brookfield East in the third round and was pinned by Marshall’s undefeated Hunter Weber. However, he bounced back to pin Jose Gonzalez of Shiocton in 3:48.

Peterson said Schulz had a tough weight class. Weber won the WIAA Division 2 state title last season at 112 pounds.

“It was a close match. It could have gone either way,” Peterson said.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Nick Wieberdink took fourth  at 103 pounds.

He received a bye and scored a 17-8 major decision over Horicon’s Trever Schultz before losing three times by pin.

“Nick had a really good first match of the day,” Peterson said. “If he got into the Gold Division (winning first two matches), he knew it was going to be a tough day.

“I was pretty proud of him for getting into that division.”

The Rockets’ next meet will be Friday, Jan. 14, when they host Oostburg at 6 p.m. at Cedar Grove-Belgium Middle School.

Peterson is looking forward to the meet but knows it won’t be easy. The Rockets have two wrestlers injured and another out due to a suspension.

“Our younger guys need to come through with some wins, and we should do pretty decent. We should give them a pretty good match,” he said.

The meet was moved from Monday because both teams had tournaments last  Saturday and their wrestlers needed time to recover and make weight. The meet has been designated as Senior Night.

 
Comeback win earns Hawks kudos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 19:17
A LONG REACH helped Grafton center Jon Adamaitis launch a shot over a West Bend West player. Host Grafton rallied in the fourth quarter to win, 46-42.
                Photo by Sam Arendt

Fourth-quarter rally in long-awaited home victory over West Bend West shows Grafton boys’ mettle


In the past few seasons, fourth-quarter rallies that lead to wins have been wishful thinking for the Grafton boys’ basketball team.

Overcoming a late deficit to pull out a victory was simply not in the cards for the Black Hawks’ overmatched lineups during a losing streak that extended over three years.

But times have certainly changed.

Grafton showed a new-found mettle Dec. 30 by wiping out a nine-point deficit in the final period and stunning West Bend West for a 46-42, nonconference win.

“It was a hard-fought battle, and our kids just persevered,” said Hawks coach
Kevin McKenna, whose team improved to 4-5 overall.

“Their maturity level is showing. They are all on the same page and never quit, never get down. They have a ton of confidence.”

Things looked bleak for the Hawks entering the final eight minutes. West (2-6) used a 14-8 scoring edge in the third quarter to build a 37-28 lead and appeared headed to a comfortable victory.

However, Grafton tightened its defensive screws with an aggressive full-court press and held the Spartans without a field goal in the fourth quarter. An 18-5 scoring advantage propelled the Hawks to an eye-opening win that had fans rushing the court to celebrate the first home win by a boys’ team since 2007.
There were numerous Grafton standouts in this one.

Guard Robbie Doring scored a team-high 16 points for the Hawks, and Scotty Tyler and Kevin Collins added 13 and 10, respectively.

Collins, a 6-foot-3-inch swing player, also earned McKenna’s praise for a strong defensive effort against West standout Brandon Cowie. Although Cowie scored a game-high 23 points, he had only five in the second half when the Hawks went to a box-and-one defense against him.

Senior forward Nick Scherzer had just two points for Grafton but grabbed several crucial rebounds in the closing minutes, McKenna noted.

“We had a lot of people contribute in many different ways,” he said. “Their intensity level is showing.”

Scherzer “really demonstrated his leadership for us,” McKenna added.

“He’s been through all the trials and tribulations with the program, and he’s continued to contribute. I don’t know how he was able to get some of those rebounds.”

Grafton prevailed despite shooting just 18% at the free-throw line (2 for 11).

The victory continued an impressive rejuvenation for the Hawks, who won only one game the two previous seasons.
This week, Grafton resumed its North Shore Conference schedule looking for its first league win in four years, a span that has reached 51 games.

The Hawks faced Whitefish Bay on Tuesday and will play a nonconference home game at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 against Kettle Moraine Lutheran. They were scheduled to play at Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 7, but that game has been postponed to Feb. 8.

 
Dieringer stands alone at Cheesehead Invite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 19:03
Alex Dieringer

Port senior cruises to title in Kaukauna tourney that draws national talent


A 15th-place finish at a 25-team wrestling tournament may not sound impressive, but the Port Washington Pirates aren’t complaining.

Besides coming home with an individual championship, Port had an improved team finish at the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational in Kau-kauna on Dec. 30 and 31.

Alex Dieringer won the 145-pound title to lead the Pirates at the meet, which included nationally ranked squads from throughout the country.

Apple Valley (Minn.) successfully defended its team title with 735.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Blair Academy (N.J.), which had 652.

Simley (Minn.) took third (559.5), and Clovis (Calif.) was fourth (525.5).

Port’s 201 points left it fifth among Wisconsin teams, which were led by fifth-place Wisconsin Rapids (491.5).
“It’s an insane tournament that’s very tough,” said Pirates coach Angelo LaRosa, whose team took 20th in last season’s tournament.

“There were so many good wrestlers there. I think it was even tougher than last year.”

Dieringer, who placed second in the 2009 Cheesehead Invitational at 135 pounds, dominated his weight class this time. The Oklahoma State-bound senior improved his season record to 18-0 by winning six straight matches after receiving a first-round bye.

Dieringer scored major decisions in his final two matches. He won the title with a 10-2 win over Apple Valley’s Daniel Woiwor after defeating Wisconsin Rapids’ Kasey Einerson, 12-1, in the semifinals.

In the second round through the quarterfinals, Dieringer had four straight pins. He ended up scoring 66 of the Pirates’ points.

“Alex kind of cruised through the tournament,” LaRosa said. “He dominated the field. He’s just at another level.”
Dieringer’s final two opponents were expected to give him the toughest tests. Woiwor (21-3) is a Minnesota state
champion, and Einerson (24-2) is one of Wisconsin’s best 145-pounders, La Rosa noted.

Port’s other top finishes included ninths by seniors Justin Meins (130) and Jake Maechtle (135), a 10th by junior Tyler Griswald (215) and 12ths by freshman Calvin Harbaugh (112) and sophomore Josh Meins (160).

Justin Meins (16-4) went 4-2 in the tournament, capped by an 11-9 win over Tyler Ziegler of Cincinnati Moeller.

Maechtle (14-6) was also 4-2 for the day and finished with three straight victories. In the ninth-place final, he defeated Ryan Soraghan of Plainfield Central (Ill.), 7-2.

Griswald (14-7) had a 3-3 tournament record. After a first-round bye, he lost twice and won three straight times before being pinned by Wisconsin Rapids’ Erik Vruwink in the ninth-place match.

Harbaugh (16-5) posted a 4-4 mark. He won two of three matches in the consolation bracket before losing the 11th-place match to Michael Gibson of Montini (Ill.), 14-4.

After a first-round bye, Josh Meins (13-8) went 2-5, winning twice by decision. He lost twice to Wisconsin Rapids’ Garrett Schilling, including an 11-2 decision in the 11th-place final.

Among other Port wrestlers who did not place, Eli Rosado (119) and Nate Schnell (140) both went 3-1, Andy Fidler (285) was 2-3, Noah Rosado (103) and Mark Strong (171) were 1-2, Bret Winker (189) was 1-3, Robby Anheier (125) was 0-4, and Quentin Lueck (152) was 0-3 before forfeiting his final three matches.

“We wanted to finish in the top half of the tournament and almost did,” LaRosa said. “We lost a lot of first-round matches, but then did much better. If you place at least ninth, it’s like winning the tournament the second day.”

This week, the Pirates will host Milwaukee Lutheran in a North Shore Conference meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and participate in the Demon Invitational at Burlington at 10 a.m. Saturday.

 
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