After a couple of North Shore Conference dual-meet defeats and fourth place in the conference tournament, the Cedarburg wrestlers were out to make an impression.
They succeeded in a WIAA Division 1 regional at home on Feb. 11, winning four weight classes, advancing all 11 competitors to sectional action and finishing second in the team standings with 193 points.
They trailed only NSC rival Germantown with 201½ points and topped third-place Port Washington with 188 points. Both teams had beaten them in North Shore dual meets this season.
"Coming into the tournament, not a lot of people thought we could get second place," coach Getasew Shumet said. "We even gave up three weight classes (113 pounds, 120 pounds and 126 pounds). Our guys wrestled phenomenally well; they wanted it, and they were hungry. They exceeded my expectations and everyone's expectations except their own.
"We accomplished a lot; we made people take notice that even giving up three classes, you can still do well."
Winning titles for Cedarburg were Colton Ryan at 152 pounds, Brendan McInerney at 160, Andrew Temmer at 220 and Jason Miller at heavyweight.
In title matches, Ryan (18-2) posted a 11-0 major decision over Cooper Schlosser of West Bend East; McInerney (14-7) downed Cody Hughes of West Bend East, 5-4; Temmer (28-6) pinned Jack Pluta of Germantown in 1 minute, 58 seconds; and Miller (28-8) defeated Dominique Bennett of Germantown, 6-3.
Taking second were Sam Boerner at 132 pounds (31-7), and third places went to Jacob Steidinger at 170 (20-13) and Caleb Drake at 195 (13-15).
Coming in fourth were Jake Roden at 106, Max Grudzinski at 138, Turner Daley at 145 and Cooper O'Keefe at 182.
"We wanted to prove to the other conference teams that we are better than we showed this year," Shumet said.
The Cedarburg qualifiers will now move on to a sectional at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Slinger. The top two in each weight class advance to the state individual meet next week in Madison.
'It's the wrestlers who really want it that move on," Shumet said.