Cedar Grove-Belgium bests Oostburg
By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online
CEDAR GROVE – The Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team notched wins in seven of the night’s contested matches, topping Oostburg 50-21 in a Big East Conference dual on Tuesday night.
Danny Gjertson (285 pounds) got things rolling for the Rockets with a pin in the night’s opening bout.
Josh TeStroete picked up a major decision at 113 for CGB, while Abel Brockman picked up a pin of his own at 120.
Adam Gonwa (126) won by disqualification to make it 28-0 nothing in favor of the home team through five bouts.
Maatilor Josiah put Oostburg on the board with an 8-4 win at 132 pounds.
The Rockets responded with a pin from Bryce Morgan (138).
The Flying Dutchmen earned back-to-back wins as Jonah Frier (145) recorded Oostburg’s lone pin and Brett Mullikin (152) earned a decision.
Joe Meyer (195) exacted some revenge on Cedar Grove’s Jack Schoeder with a 6-3 win.
“He lost to that kid earlier in the year,” Oostburg head coach Ted Schanen said. “He came back and wrestled a smart match. He wrestled a good match.”
Jared VanderWeele helped the Dutch to a strong finish with a pin at 220.
“You have a tendency to always look at outcomes. But the feeling I get after a dual isn’t necessary about the outcome,” Schanen said. “I can feel good after a loss and feel jumpy after a win. That’s because I know what’s going on in practice all week and I know what these guys are capable of.”
Cedar Grove-Belgium head coach Trevor Peterson knows the feeling.
“I think we gave them a few matches we probably should have had,” Peterson said. “There were just a couple of matches that were closer matches that, I felt, should have gone our way. We just didn’t close matches out. But we got the W.”
With one tournament and a dual remaining before the conference meet on Feb.6, Peterson plans to refine a few things.
“We’ll keep working. If anything, it makes us a little hungrier for conference in a couple weeks,” Peterson said. “We’ll learn from that. There are few things we are going work on this next week in practice. Even our conditioning was a little bit sloppy, I think. There is definitely room to improve there.”
Though there is still room for growth, the Rockets aren’t too far off course.
“We’re close to where we need to be,” Peterson said. “Conference is still going to be interesting.”
Overall, Schanen was pleased with his team’s body of work against a formidable opponent.
“Of course, the final score isn’t what we want. That’s a credit to Cedar Grove’s program,” Schanen said. “They’re a tough team this year. But we don’t have a reason to hang our heads. Our boys fought well. They wrestled with spirit and there’s not much more I can ask.”
As the stretch run approaches, the emphasis in the practice room shifts from technical preparation to mental drive.
“We’ve talked about wrestling being 20 percent technique and 80 percent fight,” Schanen said. “What we’re trying to do at the end of the year is just maximize our 80 percent as much as possible, just through our attitude and effort. If we can do that, good things are going to happen.”
Cedar Grove-Belgium 50 Oostburg 21
285 Danny Gjertson (CGB) pinned Jaxson Navis 1:07
106 Quinn Hoopman (CGB) won by forfeit
113 Josh TeStroete (CGB) maj. dec. Cade Polkowski 14-3
120 Able Brockman (CGB) pinned Jacob Saueressig 2:19
126 Adam Gnwa (CGB) won by disqualification
132 Maatilor Josiah (Oo) dec. Brandon Wieberdink 8-4
138 Bryce Morgan (CGB) pinned Cody Horswill 1:38
145 Jonah Frier (Oo) pinned Sebastian Brock 0:35
152 Brett Mullikin (Oo) dec. Griffin Prinsen 8-3
160 Garret Davies (CGB) won by forfeit
170 Lucas Krier (CGB) maj. dec. Jacob Theune 12-4
182 George Feind (CGB) won by forfeit
195 Joe Meyer (Oo) dec. Jack Schoeder 6-3
220 Jared VanderWeele (Oo) pinned Brett Feind 1:24