Erickson keeps on winning

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School wrestling team had two champions at the Wickersham Memorial Christmas Classic in Beaver Dam on Saturday that helped the Rockets to sixth place of 16 teams.

The Rockets scored 212.5 points, just behind Union Grove’s 215 and the hosts’ 217. Arrowhead won with 345.5 points. Kimberly was second with 321.5.

Defending Division 3 state champion Cael Erickson won the 145-pound bracket, beating No. 2-ranked Evan Wolfe of West Salem/Bangor, 4-2, in the finals.

“We knew it was going to be a pretty tough match. I think we missed a couple of scoring opportunities,” coach Trevor Peterson said. “We kind of controlled the match the whole time.”

Erickson won two other matches by technical fall and one by pin.

Erickson moved to 17-0, his final record from the pandemic-shortened last season.

Diego Morales (17-0) at 285 pounds pinned three opponents, won an 11-5 decision in the semifinals and won an 8-0 major decision over Louie White of Dodgeland in the finals.

“He had a very good tournament,” Peterson said.

Joe Schoeder at 182 pounds placed fifth. Winston Reichle at 152, Justin Anzia at 195 and Deven Soerens at 220 were seventh.

Last Thursday, the Rockets beat Oostburg, 53-24, at home.

Erickson, Reichle, Owen Morgan, Schoeder, Anzia and Morales all earned pins. Peterson highlighted Schoeder’s pin in 5 minutes, 14 seconds since he was losing, 8-4, at the time.

The Rockets were to compete at a large tournament Tuesday at Weyauwega-Fremont and wrestle at Big East Conference favorite Reedsville on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Krause, Olmr stand out for Grafton

Coach Andrew Wagner was pleased with his wrestlers at the two-day E.H. Stech Invitational last Friday and Saturday.

Nathan Krause at 220 pounds went 4-1 and took third place.

“He wrestled a really great second day and a really good first day,” Wagner said.

John Olmr at 195 went 2-2 and advanced to the second day.

“I think that’s a pretty big accomplishment with how tough that tournament is,” Wagner said.

Grafton scored 27 points and was 19th of 22 teams. Wisconsin Rapids won with 278.5 points.

Grafton hosts Whitefish Bay on Jan. 6.

 

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