CG-Belgium mat men earn silver

Erickson continues to plow through the 145-pound bracket; Burg, Reichle, Soerens each take second

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Jordan Platner pinned Marshall’s Grant Chadwick in 4 minutes, 48 seconds on his way to a fourth-place finish at the Rocket Scramble on Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Brillion edged host Cedar Grove-Belgium and Shiocton in a tight race at the top of the Rocket Scramble wrestling tournament on Saturday.

The Rockets, led by another dominating performance by defending state champion Cael Erickson and second places from Jesse Burg, Winston Reichle and Deven Soerens, scored 628 points, nine behind Brillion’s 637 and just ahead of Shiocton’s 625 in the 17-team event.

Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said if Mason Hoopman had been healthy, the Rockets likely would have pulled out the win.

Erickson (31-0) pinned three of his opponents at 145 pounds, including Lance Czaplewski (9-5) of Wauwatosa in 4 minutes, 36 seconds in the finals.

In the semifinals, he beat Mavric Nohr (9-7) of Brillion in a 20-4 technical fall.

He also pinned Johnny Lee (4-10) of Sheboygan South in 4:24 and Levi DeZoute (9-8) of Oostburg in 3:30.

“He’s been wrestling very good,” Peterson said.

At 113 pounds, Burg (21-2) pinned  Jack Wendling (12-6) of Valders in 5:26 and Oscar Lopez (17-10) of Lomira in 1:03 before losing an 8-1 decision in the finals to Bob Huntley (19-3) of Brillion.

“Jesse’s wrestling really well. That kid was a little tougher than I thought he was going to be,” Peterson said.

At 152, Reichle (21-12) pinned Jack Geromone (3-3) of Wauwatosa in 2:21 and Aydan Meilahn (11-10) of Campbellsport in 4:08 before losing a 9-0 major decision to Brad Demerath (23-7) of Shiocton.

Reichle pinned his final two opponents, Mare

Lisiecki (10-5) of Lomira in 2:47 and Kedan Laganowski (10-8) of Oostburg in 1:50.

“Winston is tough. A bunch of the losses he had came from some really good opponents,” Peterson said.

At 195, Soerens (13-11) won a 9-2 decision over Devan Laganowski (11-7) of Oostburg, pinned Bud Schroth (1-7) of Brillion in 2:39 and won a 12-3 major decision over Kyle Murphy (7-13) of

Campbellsport before losing a 17-2 technical fall to Hunter Schuh (26-4) of Shiocton.

Soerens finished the day by pinning Eugene Brown (7-15) of Lomira.

“Deven had a real nice tournament,” Peterson said.

Diego Morales at 285 pounds and Justin Anzia at 182 each took third.

Morales (28-3), a state qualifier last season, pinned William Brattlie (3-6) of Deerfield in 40 seconds and Aden Katz (10-7) of Sheboygan South in 3:18 before losing a 9-5 decision to Zach Pust (26-5) of Lomira.

Morales ended with a 13-4 major decision over Garrett Kilgas (23-1) of Brillion.

“He’s just a very strong kid,” Peterson said of Kilgas.

Anzia (16-12) barely got out of the second round after a bye, topping Oostburg’s Jay DeBlaey (14-4) in an 11-9 sudden victory — wrestling’s equivalent of overtime.

“Justin had a big win over Jay DeBlaey,” Peterson said.

Anzia then was pinned by Logan Neitzel (20-3) of Lomira in 3:10 and by Colten Schuh (20-6) of Shiocton in 4:43 before winning a medical forfeit over Damon Schmidt (21-5) of Brillion.

Jordan Platner (3-8) went 2-3 and finished fourth at 220 pounds. Owen Morgan (17-12) at 160 went 3-1 and finished fifth, and Joe Schoeder (12-11) at 170 went 3-2 and finished sixth.

Gavin Davies (11-12) at 132 pounds was eighth. Owen Race (15-12) at 126 was ninth. Charbel Salameh (11-13) at 106 pounds and Jack Skorik (8-14) each finished 10th.

The Rockets didn’t fare so well on Jan. 4 at Big East Conference powerhouse Reedsville. Peterson said the final was 51-21. Erickson pinned his opponent and Morales won a decision.

Reedsville already knocked off Random Lake, which has dominated the Big East for years, and will enter the conference tournament in the driver’s seat.

The Rockets’ meet against Ozaukee was moved to Jan. 27 and includes Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah to make it a triangular.

The Rockets host Random Lake at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

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