Former Goslings matched up in Warhawks win over Titans
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated UW-Oshkosh 20-0 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football game on Saturday at Perkins Stadium. Once again, this matchup had some local flavor to it.
The host Warhawks (5-0, 2-0 WIAC) prevailed with two field goals by Wojciech Gasienica and two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Cole Wilber to sophomore receiver JT Parish.
Parish, a 2016 graduate of Cambridge High School and the son of Watertown native Joe Parish (Class of 1987), scored on pass plays of 82 and 76 yards. He finished the game with 197 yards to lead the Warhawks.
Two former Watertown teammates, UW-Oshkosh senior offensive lineman Alex Wendorf (WHS class of 2015), and UW-Whitewater senior defensive lineman David O’Gorman (WHS Class of 2014), were matched up often throughout the game.
Their former coach, Watertown High School football coach Benji Kamrath, enjoyed watching that particular one-on-one battle.
“Wendorf was outstanding,” Kamrath said. “O’Gorman won more battles. Whitewater’s defense is phenomenal. Oshkosh had just 19 yards rushing. Whitewater had some big hits over the top (to Parish).
“Oshkosh went for a fake punt and didn’t get it, and also had a punt blocked. It’s crazy how good both teams are.”
O’Gorman began his collegiate career at Northern Illinois before transferring to Whitewater. He has played in all five games this season and recorded 12 total tackles. Against UW-Oshkosh, O’Gorman had two tackles including a sack for a 10-yard loss.
“He’s finally healthy,” Kamrath said. “He’s dealt with injuries.”
Wendorf went straight to Oshkosh and worked his way into the starting lineup as a sophomore, when he platooned at right guard. He took over the starting job full-time as a junior and earned first team all-conference honors.
The Titans played in the D3 national championship game during Wendorf’s sophomore season and reached the semifinals a year ago. The Titans are currently 3-2 and 1-1 in the WIAC.
“He’d like to play at the next level (NFL),” Kamrath said of Wendorf.
“He’s going to try some senior stuff after the season (in hopes of drawing interest). He’s tough. He got his ankle rolled up on one play, they taped him up and he was back out there a couple plays later.”
Kamrath also enjoyed catching up with class of 2013 graduate Nick Miller, a former UW-La Crosse player and assistant who now serves as the graduate assistant for wide receivers at UW-Whitewater.
“Nick calls signals on plays,” Kamrath said. “It was great to see everybody and take some pictures.”