Midway through his 132-pound match, Random Lake wrestler Zak Stepniewski slammed his opponent to the mat to draw gasps from spectators and a grin from the Wisconsin Wrestling Online Division 3 honorable mention en route to his tech fall.
It was that kind of night for the Rams.
The hosts started with a forfeit win, picked up six pins and three tech falls and never trailed in defeating Oostburg 63-12 on Thursday night to finish the regular season 4-0 in Central Lakeshore Conference duals, and 18-1 in duals overall.
“Oostburg is a really well-coached team and they are frustrating to wrestle,” Random Lake coach John Hatfield said. “I thought the guys did a really good job of taking what was coming and not forcing a lot, just taking the points.”
Following the forfeit win for Random, Jesse Verbanac (182 pounds) notched a pin to set up the night’s most anticipated match at 195 pounds between Random Lake’s Nick Klein – ranked No. 5 by WWO – and Oostburg’s No. 7-ranked Jordon Blok.
As expected, the match went all three periods — one of the few to do so — with the back-and-forth affair ending with Klein victorious at 7-6 to give the Rams a commanding 15-0 lead.
“I was really nervous about losing to (Blok) because of our rivalry in the past but I was happy to come out on top,” Klein said. “It meant a lot to me (to get a win over a highly-ranked opponent) because he is a really good wrestler and definitely a tough person to wrestle. It meant a lot to accomplish it.”
Oostburg’s 220-pound Garrett Hackl cut the Flying Dutchmen deficit to 15-6 with a pin, but Random Lake quickly responded with pins from Reed Anklam (285) and Josh Depies (106).
Sam Loomans, at 113 pounds, picked up Oostburg’s second win of the night with a pin to make it 27-12.
Once again, though, the Rams responded with pins from Brandon Depies (120), Trent Gottsacker (138) and Helton Vandenbush (160), tech falls from Stepniewski, Jacob Behn (145), and Kody Kohn (152) and a decision by Jon Mudlaff (126).
“(Random Lake) is just a good group, they are an experienced team and they don’t stop, if yo”u sit back they will take advantage of you,” Oostburg coach Steve Rogers said. “I thought we wrestled hard. I knew our matchups weren’t going to be real good, but I am not going to take anything away from then, (Hatfield) has a great team. I thought we battled, that’s all I can ask for.”
Random Lake 63, Oostburg 12
170 — Adam Risse, RL, forfeit win; 182 — Jesse Verbanac, RL, pinned Joseph Meyer 1:35; 195 — Nick Klein, RL, def. Jordon Blok 7-6; 220 — Garrett Hackl, Oo, pinned Hunter Huiras 3:57; 285 — Reed Anklam, RL, pinned Jesse Rogers 5:37; 106 — Josh Depies, RL, pinned Jarret Gasser 3:58; 113 — Sam Loomans, Oo, pinned Chris Mudlaff 4:00; 120 — Brandon Depies, RL, pinned Wyatt Eccelstone 3:30; 126 — Jon Mudlaff, RL, def. Brandon Burmesch 4-0; 132 — Zak Stepniewski, RL, def. Roman Katzer 15-0 tech fall 4:31; 138 — Jacob Behn, RL, def. Connor Gasbarro 17-2 tech fall 4:24; 152 — Kody Kohn, RL, def. Charlie Yeadon 15-3 tech fall 5:28; 160 — Helton Vandenbusch, RL, pinned Jackson Mueller 1:39