Rocket Rumble packs in wrestlers and fans

Cedar Grove-Belgium, Ozaukee and Port Washington teams fare well in humongous event
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Saturday’s seventh annual Rocket Rumble nearly increased Cedar Grove’s population by more than half for several hour,s drawing wrestlers and fans from across the Midwest to the high school football field on a picture-perfect summer evening.

One of the event’s organizers, Chad Hoopman, said 430 wrestlers registered, up from 332 last year, and 775 spectators attended. That’s more than 1,200 people invading a village of 2,300.

The farthest came from High Ridge, Mo.

“We are proud of achieving those numbers, especially considering that there were other options that day for wrestlers to go to such as the Badger State Games, Freedom Wrestling Summer Duals and the O-Town Takedown tournament in Parkview,” Hoopman said.

“With the uptick in participants we will likely increase the number of mats available at the event next year to make sure that we wrap up a bit earlier than we ran this year.”

The event started in 2016 and has been held every year since, aside from 2020 due to the pandemic.

“Our objective for this unique event is to create a fun and festive atmosphere of summer wrestling that all who come will enjoy. Mats are rolled out across the football field, and we allow our spectators to belly up right to the edge of the mats,” Hoopman said.

Many groups tailgate in the parking lot. A DJ plays music throughout the event, and a bounce house, snow cones and cotton candy machine help keep the young children occupied, he said.

Concession selections help spread the area’s cultural tastes.

“Most of our attendees are coming from a distance so we treat them with a local flair by serving burgers and brats from local favorite Miesfelds and pulled pork, all served on fresh Sheboygan hard rolls,” Hoopman said.

Raffle prizes filled a large table. Proceeds go to the Rocket Wrestling Club.

Hoopman chaired the event with John Morgan. Sherri Morgan and Amy Schoeder led concessions. Karen and Keith Fiend led raffles, Jon DeRuyter bounce houses and Kari Heimerman and Laurie Peterson did the awards.

Volunteers, Hoopman said, are vital to helping pull off the event.

Hoopman said feedback is important, and he received several positive messages this year.

“Outstanding tournament and outstanding competition! Thank you for doing this tournament for the wrestling world!” Jack Dura of Peshtigo said.

“Always a great time and something we look forward to every summer!” Adam Duller of Lake Villa, Ill., said.

When it came to wrestling, the Ringers of Menomonee Falls won the 115-team tournament with 60 points. Askren Wrestling Academy was second with 58.

Ozaukee was third with 54, and the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets were fourth with 43.

Port Washington Piranhas were 12th with 29 points. The Port Washington Alumni tied for 48th with nine points, but high school coach Angelo LaRosa said the teams are all one, and the combined 38 points would put Port in ninth.

LaRosa loves the tournament.

“It’s great to have such a cool event so close to home. It’s great competition with a unique atmosphere,” he said.

Grafton was 71st with five points. Another Port Piranha Wrestling club tied for 84th with four points.

Twenty wrestlers from Ozaukee’s program competed.

“We had a great turnout of Ozaukee kids. It was a great day of wrestling,” Ozaukee High School coach Cole Large said.

Large himself competed and won an Old Timers’ category.

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School coach Trevor Peterson loved the event.

“It was great turnout, beautiful weather this year,” he said. “It was fun watching all the different levels of competition. There were good matches all around, from the little guys to the old timers.”

Local teams’ results were:

Ozaukee crowns seven champions

Mya Delleree won the 116-pound high school weight class in the girls’ division. She pinned Sharmia Evans of Brown Deer in 2 minutes, 36 seconds, and Riehl Lexis of Shiocton in 1:24.

Fritz Schanen won the third and fourth-grade 54 to 59-pound category. He pinned Kiera Kansier of North Crawford/Seneca in 1:22, Dayton Horneck in 1:37, Cooper Schroeder of West Bend Wildcats in 33 seconds and won a 2-0 decision over Brody Kempen of the Ringers.

Charlie Steinert won at 107 to 111 in seventh and eighth grade. He pinned Samuel Cushman of The Wrestling Academy in 21 seconds, won by forfeit over Kegan DeBlare of Jefferson Wrestling Club, pinned Jack Brucker of Kewaskum Indians Wrestling Club in 33 seconds and Connor Boehm of Port Washington Piranhas in 34 seconds.

Tayten Platner won at 132 high school. He won a 7-0 decision over Antonio Del Rio of Waukesha, a 6-1 decision over Joseph Duwell of Sheboygan South and by forfeit over Jonny Esparza of Team NAZAR.

Talan Dybul won at 152 high school. He won a 4-2 decision over Scott Graves of Sauk Prairie Wrestling, 7-0 over Isaac Schoenherr of Jefferson, pinned Eli Quesada in 2:29, Francis Dodge of Menominee Indian Wrestling Club in 2:41 and by forfeit over Angel Alvarez of Trojans Wrestling Club.

Cael Large won the Old Timers 142 to 152-pound category for 18 to 30-year-olds. He pinned Kyle Winker of Menominee Indian Wrestling Club in 1:42, won an 11-1 major decision over Luke Garvens of Kettle Moraine Alumni, by forfeit over Dakota Lloyd of Oaklin and a 6-1 decision over Luke Oltmanns of Valders Wrestling Club.

Cael’s older brother, Cole, won at 155 to 170 Old Timers 18 to 30. He pinned Dylan Teunissen of Old Timerz in 1:26, won a 3-0 decision over Isaac Ortegon of Team NAZAR, won a 5-0 decision over Levi Snortum of Shiocton and won a 10-0 major decision over Tyler Strupp of Slinger.

At 85 to 90 pounds in third and fourth grade, Jayce Karmasin was second. He pinned Aaliyah Canaday of Mayville Youth Wrestling in 14 seconds, was pinned by teammate Jackson Verley in 40 seconds, pinned teammate Reed Dybul in 15 seconds and pinned Karmasin in a rematch in 2:47.

Verley was third. He pinned Aaliyah Canaday in 2:31, was pinned by Kasin Noordyk of Fox Valley Elite in 35 seconds, pinned by Jayce Karmasin in 40 seconds and lost a 4-3 decision to Reed Dybul.

At 115 to 124 in third and fourth grade, Carter Abegglen was second. He pinned Andrew Phillips of McHenry Wrestling Club in 48 seconds, won a 9-0 major decision over Colton Moreno of Harvard Wrestling Club and was pinned by Kylie Williams of the Ringers in 2:32.

At 133 to 146 in fifth and sixth grade, William Schmitz was second. He was pinned twice by Landon Gordon in 2:45 and 2:44.

Murphy Brown was second at 150 to 153 in fifth and sixth grade. He pinned Devin Treglowne of Marshfield in 1:10 and was pinned by Abraham Ancieto Jr. in 2:33.

Jaysen Delleree was second in the 18 to 30 Old Timers 150 to 160 category. He won a 13-0 major decision over Malachi Cather of Advance School of Wrestling, lost a 10-5 decision to Lucas Regnier-Jamnik of CUW, won a 3-2 decision over Gregory Turney of Menominee Indian Wrestling Club and an 8-0 major decision over Toris Welsch of Whitelaw Warriors.

Collin Speed was third at 93 to 102 in third and fourth grade. He pinned Jase Cha of Ringers in 31 seconds, was pinned by Audrey Brandt of Whitelaw Warriors in 45 seconds and by Carson Planer of Region Wrestling Academy in 57 seconds.

Sterling Schanen was third at 67 to 72 in fifth and sixth grade. He lost a 3-0 decision to Jaxon Prom of Asken Wrestling Academy, won a 6-5 decision over Riley Longdin of Slinger, pinned Devin Biese of Shiocton in 2:52 and was pinned by Keilan Yan of Crass Trained Wrestling in 48 seconds.

Colton Dybul was third at 105 to 115 in fifth and sixth grade. He pinned Braxton Fowell of Top Dawgs Wrestling in 1:29, was pinned by Parker Swenson of Askren Wrestling Academy in 59 seconds, and Richard Taff of Aviators in 2:28 before losing a 4-3 decision to Dominic Schuelke of Mayville Youth Wrestling.

Jovan Lopez-Morgan took third at 285 in the high school category. He was pinned by Garrett Waefler of Mount Horeb Wrestling in 2:38 and by Diego Morales of Cedar Grove-Belgium in 59 seconds.

Ozaukee got three fourths:

Ryker Faber at 66 to 70 in third and fourth grade was pinned by Kenny Gersch of Lakeland Predators in 2:34, by Dane Nokovic of Askren Wrestling Academy in 1:15, won a 6-5 decision over Alayna Rodriguez of New Holstein Huskies and was pinned by Carson Eilbes of Kewaskum Indians Wrestling Club in 36 seconds.

Jake Delleree at 76 to 80 in fifth and sixth grade was pinned by Carter Solt of Sauk Prairie Wrestling in 1:49, by Teagan Turk of Whitelaw Warriors in 2:30, won a 9-4 tiebreaker over Olivia Hay of Ringers and was pinned by Donald Hataway of Harlem Huskies Wrestling Club in 32 seconds.

Jack Penney-Galindo in the 207 to 200 Old Timers 18 to 30 category was pinned by Tyler Rakowski of Slinger in 2:00, William Russum in 2:00 and Chris Dominguez of Bosco’s Social Club in 1:34.

Ozaukee got four fifths:

Henry Mortag at 50 to 53 in first and second grade was pinned by Taylor Alfson of Valders Wrestling Club and lost three more matches via forfeit to Owen Rodriguez of New Holstein Huskies, Griffin Cohen of Lincoln Way Wrestling Club and Brayden Miller of Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets.

Leo Knetter at 73 to 76 in third and fourth grade lost a 14-1 major decision to Graesyn Harmon of Ringers, was pinned by Grayson Mentink of Oostburg in 19 seconds, lost a 14-2 major decision to Nathaniel Olson of Peshtigo and was pinned by Corbin Lorek of Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club in 2:47.

Reed Dybul at 85 to 90 in third and fourth grade was pinned by Kasin Noordyk of Fox Valley Elite in 14 seconds, Aaliyah Canady of Mayville Youth Wrestling in 1:12 and teammate Jayce Karmasin in 15 seconds before beating teammate Jackson Verley in a 4-3 decision.

Joshua Schmitz at 51 to 54 in first and second grade lost four forfeits to James Beauchamp of Oshkosh Mat Rats, Jackson Lanser of Port Washington Piranha, Nicholas Corder of Hononegah Wrestling Club and Nickson Petri of the Ringers.

Three CG-Belgium wrestlers take first

Three Rocket high-schoolers won their categories.

Joe Schoeder at 195 pinned Jaxon Johnson of Team NAZAR in 1:36, won by forfeit over Zander Totzke of New Holstein Huskies and pinned Elijah LaFountain of Askren Wrestling Academy in 2:52.

Diego Morales pinned Garrett Waefler of Mount Horeb Wrestling in 1:53 and Lopez Morgan in 59 seconds.

Mason Hoopman at 152b won a 4-2 decision over Charlie Weber of Askren Wrestling Academy, by a 17-0 technical fall over Joseph Beavers of Hustisford, a 3-0 decision over Logan Olmsted of Team NAZAR and pinned Isaiah Carton of Shiocton in 51 seconds.

Cedar Grove-Belgium took four seconds:

Blake Voskuil at 45 to 49 in first and second grade was pinned by Easton Werner of Askren Wrestling Academy, pinned Camdyn Hataway of Harlem Cougars Wrestling Club in 1:40 and Kayli Kansier of North Crawford/Seneca in 41 seconds.

Gabriel Gauger in 62 to 66 in first and second grade lost a 6-5 decision to Cole Carter of Kewaskum Indians Wrestling Club, pinned Easton Bacon of SRG in 48 seconds, won a 6-4 decision over Blake LaRoche of Bark River-Harris and pinned Brystol Rhoads of Kewaskum Indians in 1:48.

Wyatt Szyszkiewicz at 77 to 84 in third and fourth grade was pinned by Jacob Winkelman of Team NAZAR in 2:35, won a 9-0 major decision over Annebelle Duller of Stateline Stingers and pinned Connor Starzer of Coleman in 2:49.

Quinn Hoopman at 165 to 170 in Old Timers 18 to 30 lost a 3-1 decision to Ryder Sigler, won an 8-0 major decision over Noah Kopp of New Berlin, won by forfeit over Luke Copp of Chisholm Wolfpack, a 6-0 decision over Josh Garvens of Kettle Moraine Alumni and by forfeit over Weston Grande of Slinger.

Cedar Grove-Belgium got three thirds:

At 50 to 53 in first and second grade, Brayden Miller pinned Griffin Cohen of Lincoln Way Wrestling Club in 47 seconds, was pinned by Owen Rodriguez of New Holstein Huskies in 21 seconds, by Taylor Alfson of Valders Wrestling Club in 1:49 and won by forfeit over Henry Mortag of Ozaukee.

Carsen Voskuil at 86 to 92 in seventh and eighth grade won by a 19-2 technical fall over Kaiden Strobel of Slinger Red Rhinos, was pinned by Nathan Corder of Hononegah Wrestling Club in 2:28, pinned Keagen Lutzewitz of Shiocton in 2:31 and was pinned by M. Deanione Sheard of LAW in 37 seconds.

Owen Morgan in high school 170b lost an 11-5 decision to Dylan Herb of Shiocton, was pinned by Cayden Parks of Crystal Lake Wizards in 28 seconds and won a 6-3 decision over Sedrick Hay II of the Ringers.

Mike Van Den Elzen at 188 to 194 in Old Timers pinned Stanlee Rillie of Rillie Wrestling in 2:54, lost via forfeit to Brandon Kaiser of New Holstein Huskies, pinned Mitchell Rueda in 2:56 and lost a 2-0 decision to Henry Laste of Bosco’s Social Club.

Max Grisolono at 98 to 101 in fifth and sixth grade finished fourth. He was pinned by Mykell Rodgers of the Ringers in 22 seconds, lost a 6-4 decision to Wesley Fletcher of Team NAZAR, was pinned by Kya Krueger of the Ringers in 41 seconds and pinned Mya Fuesting-Gonzalez of First There in 52 seconds.

Three Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestlers got fifths:

Nolan Anzia at 120 to 130 in fifth and sixth grade lost a 4-2 decision to Tyler Thelen of Askren Wrestling Academy, was pinned by Soren Nico of the Ringers in 2:42, lost a 6-4 decision to Oliver Bannon of Port Piranha Wrestling and was pinned by Brianna Gehring of Slinger Red Rhinos in 2:43.

Rome Miller at 115 to 124 in seventh and eighth grade was pinned by Mason Stiebs of Askren Wrestling Academy in 31 seconds, Brody Rehbein of West Bend Wildcats in 34 seconds, Jaydee Doke of Harlem Huskies Wrestling Club in 27 seconds and Christian Kuhn of Rio Vikings in 31 seconds.

Owen Race at high school 145b lost a 12-2 major decision to Blake Carton of Shiocton, a 6-0 decision to Ethan Brissette of Peshtigo, was pinned by Joseph Lohmar of Asken Wrestling Academy in 56 seconds and by Connor Mentink of Oostburg in 1:28.

Port Piranhas take a trio of seconds

For the Port Washington Piranhas, Dylan Barber, Austin Knapp and Oliver Bannon each finished second.

Barber, at 52 to 56 in the first and second grade category, pinned David Schuller of Mayville Youth Wrestling in 48 seconds, won a 7-1 decision over Austin Olmsted, was pinned by Elias Inniss of Oshkosh Mat Rats in 1:35 and pinned Madeline Friess of the Ringers in 42 seconds.

Knapp pinned Kage Weseman of Kewaskum Indians Wrestling Club in 59 seconds, Gavin Glaser of Two Rivers Raiders Wrestling Club in 45 seconds and lost a 4-0 decision to Liam Richards of Askren Wrestling Academy.

Bannon won a 13-3 major decision over Tyler Thelen of Askren Wrestling Academy, a 6-4 decision over Nolan Anzia of Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets, a 7-0 decision over Brianna Gehring of Slinger Red Rhinos and lost an 8-2 decision to Soren Nico of the Ringers.

Three Piranhas finished third:

Levi Werner at 69 to 72 in first and second grade was pinned by Levi Stott of Hononegah Wrestling Club in 1:21, pinned Luke Coppock of Bark River-Harris in 1:35 and was pinned by Zael Perez of X-Factor Elite in 1:00.

Grayson Koepke at 70 to 76 in fifth and sixth grade lost a 10-1 major decision to Beckett Edstrom of Hastings Wrestling Club, pinned Coltin Benter of Valders Wrestling Club in 2:44, lost a 7-0 decision to Isaiah Neitzel of the Ringers and won a 6-0 decision over Thomas Lohmar of Askren Wrestling Academy.

Connor Boehm at 107 to 111 in seventh and eighth grade pinned Jack Brucker of Kewaskum Indians Wrestling Club in 2:58, won by forfeit over Keegan DeBlare of Jefferson Wrestling Club, was pinned by Samuel Cushman of The Wrestling Academy in 30 seconds and by Charlie Steinert of Ozaukee in 34 seconds.

Four Piranhas got fourth:

Jackson Lanser lost an 11-4 decision to James Beauchamp of Oshkosh Mat Rats, was pinned by Nickson Petri of the Ringers in 54 seconds, won by forfeit over Joshua Schmitz of Ozaukee and lost a 9-4 sudden victory to Nicholas Corder of Hononoegah Wrestling Club.

Chase Barber at 94 to 100 in seventh and eighth grade was pinned by Antonio Flores of Fond du Lac Wrestling Club in 2:57, by Spencer Prado of Askren Wrestling Academy in 1:38, won an 8-2 decision over Jacob Lewis of Trojans Wrestling Club and was pinned by Martez Sheard of LAW in 1:28.

Connor Zinuticz at 70 to 75 in seventh and eighth grade was pinned by Christian Corcoran of Lincoln Way Wrestling Club in 1:00, won in the ultimate tiebreaker over Benjamin Duwell of Askren Wrestling Academy (4-4), lost a 12-0 major decision to Preston Hammen and was pinned by Cooper Barkby of Trojans Wrestling Club in 39 seconds.

Blake Gnodtke at high school 126 won a 15-0 technical fall over Demitra Peterson of Hustisford, by forfeit over Cylus Hetzel-Sawyer of Horicon, was pinned by Alexander Needham of Mukwonago in 1:10, lost a 6-0 decision to Rigoberto Tellez of Oostburg and was pinned by Christopher Meyer of Campbellsport.

For the Port Washington Alumni, Diego Armendariz won the high school 182 category and Cody Pierron was third in the 170 to 180 Old Timers 18 to 30.

Armendariz won a 4-3 decision over Noah Hanefeld of Markesan, pinned Luke Zutz of Valders Wrestling Club in 1:49 and won a 7-3 decision over Zakery Wrobel of SBS.

Pierron pinned Trevor Schindel in 2:20 and won a 4-3 decision over Lorenzo Lazcano of Bosco’s Social Club before forfeiting to Mike Ezelle of Badger and Ethan Dieckman of CUW.

Grafton pair finishes in the top four

Grafton’s Brandon Lange at high school 160b finished third.

He was pinned by Luke Swan of Izzy Style Wrestling in 41 seconds, won by forfeit over Logan Lodel of Reedsville and was pinned by Winston Reichle of Askren Wrestling Academy in 32 seconds.

Max Jacoby at 170 finished fourth. He was pinned by Bradley Demerath of Shiocton Wrestling in 1:26, won a 5-1 decision over Ethan Henderson of Hamilton and lost two forfeits to Trent Van Den Elzen of Gillett/Suring and Colten Schuh of Shiocton.

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