Mark Gonwa yells support to Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Adam Gonwa in the 120-pound bout Saturday February 7, 2015 at Cedar Grove.
For the seniors on the Oostburg wrestling team, the Central Lakeshore Conference Championships had always ended the same way. Until now.
Jonah Frier, Ryan Ebeling, Garrett Hackl and Jesse Rogers picked up weight class titles and the Flying Dutchmen had enough second- and third-place finishes — along with help from other area programs — in besting three-time defending champion Random Lake at Saturday’s regular season finale at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School.
“I was just awfully proud of our entire wrestling team, everyone stepped up, it was a total team effort and it was cool and neat to see,” Oostburg coach Steve Rogers said. “We kept believing, working and we had a great tournament so I’m proud of all of them.”
Oostburg finished with 230 points in what was the final CLC wrestling tournament before next year’s realignment plan creates the Big East Conference — introducing Hilbert, Manitowoc Lutheran, Mishicot, Reedsville and St. Mary Central to the conference already occupied by Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove, Kohler, Oostburg, Ozaukee, Random Lake, Sheboygan Lutheran and Sheboygan Christian.
The Rams — the No. 9-ranked team in Division 3 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online — finished with 209 points with titles going to Josh Depies at 106 pounds, Jon Mudlaff (132) and Helton Vandenbush (160).
Vandenbush finished 4-0 with three pins and a major decision while Depies had a pair of pins and one decision.
Mudlaff had one fall and one decision, as did Ebeling at 170.
Hackl (220) won with a pair of pins and a decision while Frier (152) ended with a major decision, a fall and a decision.
Rogers took the lone 285-pound match via pin in 3 minutes, 37 seconds.
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove — which was fourth with 108 — had a trio of champions, including Brock Bonebrake (138), Trevor Rebedew (145) and Nick Miller (182).
Rebedew’s trio of wins each came via fall while Bonebrake had two falls and a decision. Miller was victorious with a decision, a major decision and a fall.
Cedar Grove-Belgium, which finished third with 130, and Ozaukee, fourth at 101, each netted a pair of champions.
For the Warriors, Sam Schuette had a decision, a major decision and a pin at 195 and Cooper Burmesch had a decision and major decision at 113.
Adam Gonwa (120) and Isaac Brockman 126) accounted for the Rockets’ titles. Gonwa had a pair of decisions and a pin while Brockman ended with a decision and a pair of major decisions.
Team Scores: Oostburg 230, Random Lake 209, Cedar Grove-Belgium 130, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove 108, Ozaukee 101