Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 16:24
Three Port wrestlers go undefeated as team turns heads in Spartan Duals
Only one team stood between the Port Washington wrestling squad and perfection in the Spartan Duals at Luxemburg-Casco High School last Saturday.
Aside from a loss to the host team, the Pirates turned in a dominant performance. They got undefeated efforts from three wrestlers and finished second in the six-team tournament with a 4-1 meet record.
The Pirates opened the round-robin competition by flattening Mosinee, 65-3, and then fell to Luxemburg-Casco, 42-20. But they bounced back to handle Kewaskum (42-27), Sheboygan Falls (72-10) and Bay Port (43-29).
“We wrestled really well,” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said. “I think it’s the best finish we have probably ever had in this tournament, which always has some really good teams.
“We lost a couple of close matches against a strong Luxemburg-Casco team, so that could have been even closer.”
State-ranked Luxemburg-Casco took top honors with a 5-0 mark, followed by the Pirates, Bay Port (3-2), Kewaskum (2-3), Sheboygan Falls (1-4) and Mosinee (0-5).
The Pirates were paced by three wrestlers who finished 5-0— freshmen Noah Rosado (103 pounds) and Calvin Harbaugh (112) and senior Alex Dieringer (152).
Harbaugh, in particular, caught the eye of his coach by pinning all his opponents in a cumulative time of 10 minutes, 12 seconds. In his longest match, he needed 3:46 to defeat Sheboygan Falls’ Alex Fitzgerald.
Harbaugh’s big day improved his season record to 7-0, with all the wins coming by fall.
“Calvin has been a stud. He’s wrestling great,” LaRosa said. “He’s going to be a real force for us.”
Dieringer was nearly as overpowering, scoring three first-period pins along with a 17-4 major decision over Mosinee’s Jordan Roosa and a 19-4 technical fall over Luxemburg-Casco’s Matt Zellner.
Rosado received two forfeits and won three times by decision, including a 14-12 victory over Luxemburg-Casco’s Joe Mencheski.
The Pirates’ Ryan Stietz went 2-0 in limited action, scoring a pin and winning by forfeit.
Port wrestlers who posted 4-1 records were Robby Anheier (119 pounds), Justin Meins (135), Josh Meins (171) and Tyler Griswald (215/heavyweight).
Going 3-2 were Jake Maechtle (140/145), Nate Schnell (140/145) and Mark Strong (189/215).
Against Luxemburg-Casco, the Pirates won five of 14 matches. Besides the victories from Dieringer and Rosado, Harbaugh pinned Dylan Blemke in 2:21, Josh Meins defeated Ethan Peters, 11-9, and Griswald defeated Luke Destiche, 5-3.
Black Hawks pin down 4th at invite
An undefeated performance by Michael Van Langen helped the Grafton wrestling team open the season with a fourth-place finish at the Kiel Multi-Dual Invitational last Saturday.
Van Langen, a 112-pound senior, scored two first-period pins, won by technical fall and major decision and received a forfeit.
In his toughest match, he defeated West Bend West’s Tswryim Lor, 18-7.
Grafton posted a 2-3 record in the six-team tournament. The Black Hawks defeated Kiel (52-24) and Elkhart Lake (54-9) and lost to West Bend West (62-10), Denmark (49-24) and Germantown (63-11).
West went 5-0 on its way to the team championship, followed by Germantown (4-1), Denmark (3-2), Grafton, Kiel (1-4) and Elkhart Lake (0-5).
The Hawks’ Matt Sieracki posted a 4-1 match record at 171 pounds. The senior won once by pin and three times on decisions, including a 5-4 victory over Denmark’s Dalten Dworak.
Sieracki pinned Germantown’s Jon Trapp in 58 seconds.
Grafton wrestlers who went 3-2 in the tournament were Jacob Brunnquell (119), Cody Bobholz (140) and Brandon Lopez (103). Brunnquell’s wins included two pins.
Port wins pair of dual meets
The Pirates started the season with a 42-27 win over Random Lake in a nonconference meet Nov. 30 and overwhelmed Germantown, 55-19, in their North Shore Conference opener Dec. 2.
Against Random Lake, Port jumped ahead early only to have the Rams rally for a 15-15 tie. The teams then exchanged victories until the Pirates sealed the outcome by getting a decision from Maechtle (145) and a pin
from Trevor Schumacher (152).
Port’s other wins were pins by Josh Meins (171), Harbaugh (112), Eli Rosado (125) and Schnell (135), a decision by Bret Winker (189) and a forfeit to Quentin Lueck (160).
Against Germantown, the Pirates turned what was expected to be a close meet into a rout by winning six of the first seven matches. They won 10 of 14 matches overall despite missing Dieringer, who sat out due to an athletic-code violation.
“Our guys really stepped up,” LaRosa said. “A lot of toss-up matches went our way.”
Port got pins from Harbaugh (112), Tyler Madden (130), Justin Meins (135), Maechtle (145), Josh Meins (171), Strong (189) and Griswald (215).
Winning by decisions were Anheier (119) and Schumacher (152).
In their only meets this week, Port and Grafton will both host conference duals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Pirates will take on Nicolet while the Hawks face Cedarburg.
On Dec. 15, Port will travel to Whitefish Bay for another 6:30 p.m. dual meet.
TYLER MADDEN was one of six Port Washington wrestlers who scored pins in their team’s 55-15 win over Germantown in a North Shore Conference meet last week. Photo by Sam Arendt
Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 16:22
Last season’s upset loss laid to rest as Rockets roll to easy win in CLC rematch
The significance of last Friday’s trip to Stockbridge wasn’t lost on the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team.
The Rockets returned to the gym where they were upset, 46-43, in one of their toughest defeats of last season and vowed not to have a repeat performance in a Central Lakeshore Conference rematch.
This time, they laid frustrations to rest with an 89-37 victory that was never in doubt.
“We had a good heart-to-heart with our players before the game,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jim Meinen said. “I asked them to remember that they have choices to make, and it’s up to them to make good choices.
“I was pleased with the way they responded. We played well.”
Eleven Rockets scored in the game, led by guard Weston Meinen’s career-high 26 points. The senior hit 12 of 15 floor shots.
T.J. Obbink and Luke Kaat added 10 and eight points, respectively.
Cedar Grove-Belgium wasted no time taking control against a young Stockbridge team that has no seniors. The Rockets roared to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter, held a 50-12 edge at halftime and steadily padded the margin in a reserve-filled second half.
The Indians didn’t reach 30 points until the final period.
The only Stockbridge player to score in double figures was Cliff Dylan with 14 points.
The win evened the Rockets’ league and overall record at 1-1.
Sheboygan Lutheran 64, CG-Belgium 50
A strong first half wasn’t enough to save the Rockets when they opened the season with a CLC road loss Nov. 30.
Junior Sam Dekker poured in a game-high 39 points and topped the 1,000-point mark for his career in carrying Lutheran to a comeback victory. Dekker also had 12 rebounds.
Cedar Grove-Belgium held a 26-22 lead at halftime, but Dekker erupted for 16 points during a third-quarter flurry that put the Crusaders ahead, 45-38.
“We did a good job on Dekker in the first half, but he started making some tough shots,” coach Meinen said. “He’s just an outstanding player.
“It was a tough first game of the season for us on the road against a good team.”
The Rockets were led by Meinen and Josh Ruppel with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Jon Herzog had nine points, and Kaat added eight.
Cedar Grove-Belgium faced Kiel in a nonconference game Tuesday and will resume their league schedule with 7:30 p.m. home games Thursday against Elkhart Lake and Dec. 14 against Howards Grove.
Written by Mitch Maersch
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 17:48
Hockey team shows new focus with impressive effort that nets home tourney title
Now in his third year as coach of the Grafton/Port Washington/Milwaukee Luther-an hockey team, Tony Rieck believes his players are starting to understand what it takes to be winners.
So much so that three games into this season, the Ice Hawks are already halfway to last year’s win total.
In a season-opening tournament last weekend, Grafton/Port emerged with top honors by defeating the McDonnell co-op team, 3-2, in overtime; tying
Viroqua, 4-4; and destroying Sauk Prairie, 8-1.
The Hawks team that finished 4-18-1 last season is long gone.
“The kids, three years in, are getting a grasp,” Rieck said.
After having two seniors in his first year and three in his second, Rieck now has six, along with seven juniors.
“They bought into it. These kids are on the same page I’m at. They’re rolling,” Rieck said.
“They’re excited to show up to the rink. They’re excited to practice.”
Workouts begin at 4:30 a.m., and nobody has missed a practice yet, he said.
“The mental toughness, the heart to come out and play, you can see it in these kids’ eyes,” he said.
“You could see it when we started camp this year. They had a goal in mind. They want to win some hockey games.”
Rieck’s front line includes Grafton senior Travis Sette, Port Washington sophomore Adam Schoenfeld and Grafton sophomore Tim Grams.
“They can play defense. They can play offense. They’re working hard, harder than I’d seen all last year,” Rieck said.
On the second line, Port junior Steve Wick and Grafton senior Zach Wilson are playing well. Rieck said Wick has come back with a great attitude and much more coordinated — “above and beyond last year.”
Defensively, Rieck has Lutheran senior Scott Benson and his younger brother, freshman Joe, Grafton sophomore Gavin Lancello and Lutheran senior Tyler Sass, who switched from forward this season.
Port junior Chase Hollander returns as the starting goalkeeper.
“It’s great to have Chase back in the net,” Rieck said.
The hard work and attitude are already paying off.
In last Friday’s season opener, the Hawks took a 2-0 lead into the third period only to have McDonnell score twice and force overtime.
But in the extra period, Sette ended it. He caught a break, picked the puck off a defenseman, went down and scored.
Sette scored two goals in the game, and Wick had one. Schoenfeld and Scott Benson each had an assist. Hollander made 41 saves.
On Saturday, the Hawks took a 4-1 lead on Viroqua, but a five-minute lull ended with a tie game. In overtime, the Hawks fired away, letting 13 shots fly, but the Viroqua goalie “came up with about seven really good saves,” Rieck said.
Sette again scored twice. Sass and junior forward Shelby McPhail each netted one goal. Grams, Schoenfeld and Joe Benson each had one assist. Sophomore goalie Dakota Kwansy had 36 saves.
Against Sauk Prairie in the tournament’s title game, there would be no comeback by the Hawks’ foe. They jumped to a big lead and never looked back, dominating all phases of the game.
“Our kids just focused in. We took care of the little things,” Rieck said.
Wilson had a hat trick, and Wick scored twice. Sette, Schoenfeld and Joe Benson each scored once. Hollander made 20 saves.
It was pleasing as a coach, Rieck said, to tell the kids what to do and how to do it, then see them execute.
Rieck said the early success is crucial, especially after several losing streaks last season.
One of the Hawks’ big goals this season is to beat Homestead, Germantown or Cedarburg, something they have never done.
“We’re going to knock off one of those teams this year,” Rieck said.
Rieck has a personal goal in mind as well. He is 11 wins short of 100 in his Wisconsin high school coaching career.
Eleven wins would be the most for a season in the Hawks’ history, and Rieck thinks that record could be shattered.
“I don’t doubt the fact we could win 15 games this year,” he said. “They’re on the same page. We know what we want to do, where we want to get to.”
This week, Grafton/Port played Greendale on Tuesday and will travel to the Kern Center on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game against the Whitefish Bay/Nicolet co-op team.
DEFENSEMAN Gavin Lancello (5) battled a McDonnell player for possession of the puck during the Grafton/Port Washington/Milwaukee Lutheran hockey team’s season-opening win last Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt
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