Random Lake rallies for win over Cedar Grove-Belgium

By TomM December 17, 2015 23:51

Random Lake rallies for win over Cedar Grove-Belgium

Random Lake rallies for win over Cedar Grove-Belgium
By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | 12/17/2015

CEDAR GROVE – For roughly half the match, it looked like Cedar Grove-Belgium was about to give Random Lake all it could handle.

The host Rockets, an honorable mention selection in the Division 2 team rankings, held a 17-16 lead after the first seven bouts.

But the Rams, the fifth-ranked team in D3, rallied to win the seven remaining matches to secure a decisive 44-17 in a Big East Conference dual on Thursday night.

In the evening’s first match, Ben Drenski gave Random Lake an early 4-0 lead with a major decision at 220 pounds.

Danny Gjertson answered for Cedar Grove-Belgium with a 4-2 win at heavyweight. The Rockets then took the lead thanks to a major decision from Able Brockman at 106.

Random Lake jumped back on top, 10-7, courtesy of a pin from Josh Depies (113).

“You could tell Josh Depies was a little banged up,” Random Lake head coach John Hatfield said. “If it was later in the dual and it was already put away, we might not have wrestled him. But he came through for the team.”

The seesaw battle continued as Josh TeStroete put CGB back on top with a win by major decision at 120 pounds.

Adam Gonwa gave the Rockets their largest lead of the night, scoring a pin in his 126 pound bout. That made it 17-10 in favor of the home team.

That’s when the solidarity of Random Lake’s lineup began to show itself.

The Rams closed out the night by winning the final eight matches.

Austin Udovich (132) started Random Lake’s streak with a 6-3 win.

Then came the night’s premier matchup. CGB’s Isaac Brockman, ranked No.4 in D2 at 138, toe-to-toe with Random’s Cesar Luis, ranked No.11 in D3 at the same weight.

Brockman got on the board first with an early takedown, but Luis closed the match with an escape and a takedown of his own. Luis was able to ride out Brockman to ice the victory.

“A big turning point, I thought, was 138,” Hatfield said. “Their guy, Brockman, bumping up against Cesar. “Those are two really good kids and you saw great wrestling.”

The Rams continued to cruise with six more wins, including pins from Helton Vandenbush (170) and Chase Brouillette (182).

What once was a back-and-forth affair turned into a 27-point Random Lake triumph.

“We’re really pleased with that result,” Hatfield said. “They are a much better team than that result. We had to fight for every little point. That’s a credit to (CGB head coach) Trevor (Peterson) and those kids.”

Peterson agreed with Hatfield’s assessment of the match’s competitive nature.

“I think we wrestled a good match. The score doesn’t show what kind of dual that was, I don’t think,” Peterson said. “They won the matches that we knew were going to be close.

“They got their pins where we expected them to get their pins and where we expected to get our pins, we didn’t. They scored their bonus points where they had to and we didn’t.”

Random Lake scored bonus points in six matches, while the Rockets earned them in just three. While that is an encouraging sign for Hatfield, he knows his team must keep working if they are to stay on top.

“We have a lot of tough work to do. When you’re the team coming out on top like this, it’s pretty easy to kind of say, ‘well, we’re good enough.’ But everybody is going to improve throughout the rest of the year,” Hatfield said. “This young team from Cedar Grove, they’re going to be doing a lot of hard work to catch up to us. They did a lot of nice things tonight.”

The Rockets have their sights set on a strong finish.

“We’re down, but we’re not out. We have to move forward from this,” Peterson said. “We have a big couple duals coming up. We have Oostburg at the end of January and then the conference tournament is going to be a dog fight.

“We’re still in it. We’re not out. We just need to learn from this. We need to take it to the next level and score some bonus points.

Random Lake 44, Cedar Grove-Belgium 17
220: Ben Drenski (RL) maj. dec. Jack Schoeder, 8-0
285: Danny Gjerston (CGB) dec. Jarrett Hiller, 4-2
106: Abel Brockman (CGB) maj. dec. Anthony Rautmann, 12-4
113: Josh Depies (RL) p. Quinn Hoopman, 1:21
120: Josh TeStroete (CGB) maj. dec. Alex Jentsch, 11-3.
126: Adam Gonwa (CGB) p. Stone Goral, 2:25
132: Austin Udovich (RL) dec. Eric Isken, 6-3
138: Cesar Luis (RL) dec. Isaac Brockman, 3-2
145: Chris Mudlaff (RL) dec. Bryce Morgan, 3-2
152: Grayson Vandenbush (RL) dec. Griffin Prinsen, 10-3
160: Levi Kohn (RL) maj. dec. Garret Davies, 12-1
170: Helton Vandenbush (RL) p. Luca Krier, 3:40
182: Chase Brouillette (RL) p. George Feind, 3:28
195: Hunter Huiras (RL) won by forfeit

By TomM December 17, 2015 23:51
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