Wrestlers shooting for the stars at Cedar Grove-Belgium

Rockets to fill all the weights and could challenge powerhouse Random Lake for the Big East title
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School wrestling team has high hopes for this season, and it’s off to a strong start.

The Rockets return state qualifiers in Brett Feind and Josh TeStroete, expect to fill all the weights and to challenge regular Big East Conference champion Random Lake for the crown.

“We should have a very good dual with those guys again,” coach Trevor Peterson said.

Last year, the Rams edged the Rockets, 33-30, on their way to another conference title.

Other top wrestlers back include Ben Anzia, who eclipsed 30 victories last season, and Quinn Hoopman, who nearly reached the 30-win mark.

Other strong returners include Sawyer and Jackson DeRuyter (not related).

Freshman Cael Erickson has also been impressive so far, Peterson said.

The Rockets began the season by winning the Lomira Duals on Saturday.

They beat West Allis Nathan Hale, 62-18; Ripon, 57-18; Milwaukee Hamilton, 72-9; Chilton/Hilbert, 44-30; and edged the host, 39-38 in a comeback thriller. Down, 38-27, with two matches to go, the

Rockets needed two pins. Sawyer DeRuyter and TeStroete got them, sending the team into hysterics.

“It was pretty exciting. We knew we could do it, but I didn’t think it would be that close,” Peterson said.

The Rockets had six champions who each went 5-0: Erickson at 120 pounds, Hoopman at 132; Sawyer DeRuyter at 160; TeStroete at 170; Anzia at 182 and Feind at 220.

Erickson had four pins and one technical fall.

Marcus Ramirez and Jackson DeRuyter each went 4-1 to take second place.

“We had a great day in a pretty tough tournament,” Peterson said.

Chilton/Hilbert went to state last year, and Lomira qualified two years ago.

The Rockets next wrestle at the Rebel Invite at Wabeno. They start the Big East dual meet season on Dec. 13 by hosting Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove.

 

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