Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 18:01
Beat goes on as Port has little trouble extending its conference victory streak in North Shore wrestling
Winning conference titles year after year may sound like a broken record, but members of the Port Washington High School wrestling team aren’t complaining about the tune.
The Pirates cranked out another smash hit last Saturday when they rolled to their ninth straight North Shore championship at Cedarburg High School.
Fueled by five first-place performances, coach Angelo LaRosa’s squad scored 230.5 points, comfortably ahead of runner-up Germantown’s 198.
Nicolet finished third with 166 points, followed by Homestead (161), Grafton (118), Whitefish Bay (114), Cedarburg (105) and Milwaukee Lutheran (67).
“We kind of ran away with it,” LaRosa said. “We thought that if everyone wrestled up to their potential, everything would fall into place for us.
“That’s kind of the way it worked out.”
The Pirates’ individual champions were juniors Alex Dieringer (140 pounds) and Jake Maechtle (135), freshman Josh Meins (152) and seniors Ryan Wischer (160) and Nate Hilton (215).
Port also got second-place performances from Adam Dreikosen (119), Justin Meins (125) and Trevor Schumacher (145).
Among other local wrestlers, Grafton’s Michael Van Langen (112) and Brandon Schweitzer (189) both took top honors.
Dieringer won his third straight conference crown but was the only Pirate to repeat as a champion. In the process, he hardly broke a sweat.
After receiving a first-round bye, Dieringer pinned Nicolet’s Bobby Herrick in 1 minute, 4 seconds, and capped his day with a 53-second pin of Germantown’s Danny Krause.
Maechtle followed a similar path, scoring two second-period pins after getting a first-round bye. In the final, he needed 2:19 to defeat Nicolet’s Matt Dineen.
Josh Meins also started with a bye, followed by pins over Whitefish Bay’s Logan Schwenker (3:00) and Grafton’s Alex Studelska (4:44).
Wischer and Hilton wrapped up their conference careers with strong showings.
Wischer defeated Whitefish Bay’s Tim Carlin, 12-3, in the semifinals and edged Kyle Hafemeister of Cedarburg, 2-1.
Hilton opened with a 54-second pin of Whitefish Bay’s Dexter Scott and defeated Milwaukee Lutheran’s Andrew Gleason, 11-7.
“They all did a great job,” LaRosa said of his champions. “We were hoping to win at least two more at 119 and 145, too, but came up just short in those.”
Van Langen and Schweitzer followed different roads to their titles.
Van Langen had to work overtime to edge Nicolet’s Ethan Klein, 9-7, in the 112-pound final. The Grafton junior opened with a 1:35 pin of Whitefish Bay’s Lukas Short and
defeated Homestead’s Jason Findling, 14-9, in the semifinals.
Schweitzer, a senior, duplicated his NSC title of last year by dominating his weight class. After receiving a first-round bye, he pinned Whitefish Bay’s Henry Dixon in 1:28 and
defeated Germantown’s Eric Bloedorn in 3:41.
Port narrowly missed padding its championship list.
Dreikosen, a sophomore, won twice, including a 6-3 win over Nicolet’s Tamir Klein in the semifinals, before losing, 5-4, to Germantown’s Cody Szohr in the 119-pound final.
Justin Meins, a junior, had perhaps the toughest challenge of the day. He won twice before having to face Germantown’s undefeated and nationally ranked Jesse Thielke, who
pulled out a 9-5 decision.
“I think it was actually a closer match than that,” LaRosa said. “Justin gave Jesse all he could handle.”
Meins reached the final with an 18-2 technical fall over Homestead’s Spencer Bold.
Schumacher, a junior, scored a 1:50 pin over Germantown’s Tyler Baran in the semifinals before being pinned by Cedarburg’s Cody Sigler in 3:34 of the title match.
“Trevor was winning when he got pinned, so that was a tough loss,” LaRosa said.
Port’s other individual finishes included fourths by Jermaine Will (103), David Cornell (112) and Nate Schnell (130), a fifth from Tyler Griswald (285) and a sixth by Nate Flack
Grafton received second-place finishes from Studelska (152) and Matt Sieracki (171).
Before losing to Josh Meins, Studelska won twice by pin, including a 3:41 fall over Homestead’s Conley Brown in the semifinals.
After receiving a bye, Sieracki defeated Whitefish Bay’s Jake Beckert, 7-5, in overtime but lost to Homestead’s Mike Kress, 13-6, in the final.
Grafton also got a fourth-place finish from Cody Bobholz (135), fifths from Jacob Brunnquell (119) and Nick Goetz (140) and a sixth by Billy Depies (125).
This Saturday, Port and Grafton will vie for honors in WIAA regional tournaments.
The Pirates will participate in a Division 1 meet at Kaukauna, where the field also includes the host team, Cedarburg, Kimberly, Manitowoc Lincoln, Plymouth, Sheboygan
North and Sheboygan South. Matches start at 11:30 a.m.
The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the sectional level Saturday, Feb. 20.
Grafton will be part of a Division 2 meet in Kewaskum along with the host team, Brown Deer, Campbellsport, Mayville and Milwaukee Lutheran. Matches start at 10 a.m.
The top two finishers in each weight class qualify for sectional competition Feb. 20.
In addition, squads that win regional championships will advance to sectional team tournaments Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Port Washington 67, Milwaukee Lutheran 9
The Pirates wrapped up their NSC duals schedule with an easy road win in a makeup meet Feb. 2.
Port got nearly half its points on five pins — from Justin Meins (130), Maechtle (140), Dieringer (145), Josh Meins (160) and Wischer (171).
PORT WASHINGTON’S ALEX DIERINGER (top) cruised to his third straight conference title by scoring a pair of first-period pins in Saturday’s North Shore finals at Cedarburg. The junior spent less than two total minutes on the mat in winning the 140-pound championship. Photo by Sam Arendt
Written by Mitch Maersch
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 17:55
Four Ozaukee wrestlers take top CLC honors along with two for CG-Belgium
Forfeits derailed the Ozaukee wrestling team’s dream of winning a Central Lakeshore Conference championship last Saturday.
Unable to make up the points lost by not filling four weight classes, the Warriors had to settle for third-place honors in the five-team league finals at Cedar Grove-Belgium
Ozaukee scored 177 points, enough to defeat Elkhart Lake (115) and Cedar Grove-Belgium (106.5) but well behind the two front-running teams.
Oostburg finished with 233 points and edged Random Lake (216.5) in a battle for top honors.
Making up for Ozaukee’s failed pursuit of the team title were individual highlights. The Warriors emerged with four champions — Brady Watry (125 pounds), Alex Thill (130),
Pat Leonard (140) and Scott Watry (145).
Cedar Grove-Belgium was led by two champions, Zach Schulz (112) and Tyler Garcia (160).
Thill started the day as the tournament’s fourth seed in his weight class but turned in a stunning performance.
Thill, who improved his season record to 25-14, capped his run by pinning Oostburg’s Cody Klemme in 1 minute, 28 seconds. On the way to the final, Thill defeated Elkhart
Lake’s Luke Klotzbach, 6-5, and pinned Random Lake’s B.J. Decker in 44 seconds.
After Thill pinned Klemme, his teammates lifted him on their shoulders in triumph, indicative of the Warriors’ close-knit team.
“When he went out there and stuck Oostburg, the kids went nuts,” Ozaukee co-coach Luke Gundrum said.
“It was a big deal, a pretty neat experience. They take a big vested interest in each other’s successes and failures.”
And it was revenge.
“Thill lost to every one of the kids in his bracket earlier in the year. Then he comes through and beats ’em all to win it,” Gundrum said.
“He was probably the biggest story of the day for us.”
Scott Watry (32-10) outlasted Oostburg’s Lance Hacker, 6-4, in overtime to win the 145-pound title. The victory avenged a 6-3 loss to Hacker in a recent CLC dual meet.
On his way to the final, Watry pinned Tyler Jones of Elkhart Lake in 33 seconds and defeated Random Lake’s Lucas Schneider, 11-3.
“That one for me probably was the biggest deal just because he’s a senior,” Gundrum said of Watry. “It was good to see him get on that Wall of Fame.”
The Wall of Fame, which honors Ozaukee’s conference champions, is in the school’s wrestling room.
Brady Watry (30-11) dominated his weight class by scoring three pins. He defeated Elkhart Lake’s Adam Klotzbach in 2:59, needed 3:50 to defeat Lucas Alva of Cedar Grove-
Belgium and capped his day by pinning Oostburg’s Randy Theune in 1:01.
Leonard (28-8) also stormed through his weight class to secure top honors. He pinned Random Lake’s Andrew Gatz in 1:15 and Elkhart Lake’s Shane Schanke in 2:16 before
defeating Zach Lichucki of Oostburg, 7-3.
“Pat wrestled well. Lichucki is a pretty solid kid. It was a good match,” Gundrum said.
Ozaukee received second-placed finishes from Ian Hughes (103), Logan Smith (112), Ethan Brouillette (119) and Vince Cardarelle (152).
Hughes defeated Random Lake’s Mark Meyer in a dual meet this season, but Meyer won this time, 7-5.
“Every time those two kids meet, it’s going to be a close battle,” Gundrum said.
Cardarelle won twice before losing to Oostburg’s Lucas Copp, 10-1, in the final. Copp was a state qualifier last year.
“Overall, I think we definitely had a good tournament,” Gundrum said.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s champions had to work hard for their gold medals.
Schulz, a sophomore, improved his season record to 28-7 by defeating Smith, 13-3, in the 112-pound final after winning three other matches.
Earlier, Schulz pinned Oostburg’s Dylan Jentink in 1:53, blanked Random Lake’s Tony Sanfelippo, 13-0, and pinned Elkhart Lake’s Neven Grigic in 1:17.
Garcia, a senior, won the 160-pound title by pinning Kyle Rentmeester of Elkhart Lake in 4:53 and improved to 24-2. On the way to the final, Garcia scored a 17-0 technical
fall over Random Lake’s Ben Bahr and pinned Oostburg’s Aaron Bruggink in 3:32.
Cedar Grove-Belgium got second-place finishes from Wayne Paulus (215) and Matt Mueller (285) and a third from Zach Peiffer (125).
Paulus, a senior, won three of four matches, with his only loss coming to Patrick Kissel of Oostburg, 6-0. In his closest match, Paulus edged Random Lake’s Mason Anklam,
3-1, in overtime.
Mueller, a sophomore, scored pins over Elkhart Lake’s Dylan Entringer (39 seconds) and Random Lake’s Joe Schneider (3:21) before being pinned by Oostburg’s Sam VanTatenhove in 2:55.
This Saturday, Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium will both participate in a WIAA Division 3 regional tournament at Random Lake.
Matches start at 10:30 a.m. The top two wrestlers in each weight class will qualify for sectional competition Feb. 20.
In addition, the regional team winner will advance to a team sectional meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Ozaukee.
CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Tyler Garcia scored a technical fall over Ben Bahr of Random Lake on his way to the 160-pound title at Saturday’s Central Lakeshore Conference tournament. Photo by Sam Arendt