Maple Grove wrestlers rebuild with underclassmen
Lower weights shine in early season matches
After losing the core of its varsity team at the end of last season due to nine seniors that graduated, it seemed inevitable that the 2012-2013 Maple Grove wrestling team would struggle while it rebuilt its varsity team. Someone apparently forgot to tell that to the wrestlers. At the Ken Droegemueller Invitational at Osseo Dec. 1, five Crimson underclassmen advanced to the championship match and three won first places. Not a bad way to start a rebuilding year to say the least.
The Crimson, led by team captain Brad Osatiuk (sophomore), wrestled with confidence and vigor. Of the 11 Crimson wrestlers who participated in Saturday’s event, only two were seniors (Nathan Schwartz and Entrie Chim) and the remainder were underclassmen sophomores, freshmen and one eight grader (Tyler Shilson).
Undeterred by their age, the team earned three first place and two second place finishes. Shilson (106), Osatiuk (113) and freshman Logan Dick (120) each placed first while sophomores Jebah Doe (170) and Quinn Anderson (182) took second.
Other Crimson wrestlers who placed in the tournament included sophomore Tim Cramer (third at 145) while Schwartz (138), freshman Taylor Tison (195) and Chim (220) each finished fifth.
Seventh year Crimson coach Troy Seubert said, “I am very excited about how well our entire team performed at this meet especially after only 1½ weeks of practice. It’s a testament to how hard the kids have been working and to their dedication to the sport. I couldn’t be more proud of our team and I think it bodes well for the rest of our season.”
Nine teams participated in the Osseo event with Eden Prairie taking top honors, Wayzata taking second place and the Crimson finishing fifth.
MAPLE GROVE INVITATIONAL
The Crimson hosted the 10-team Maple Grove Invitational Saturday, Dec. 8. They placed in six weight classes. Second place winners included Shilson (106), Osatiuk (113), and Dick (120). Senior wrestler Tyler Seward finished fifth at 113. Sixth place was awarded to sophomores Tim Cramer (145), Barry Ndip (220), and Jesse Higgins (heavyweight). Seubert is encouraged by the success in the lower weights and eager to see the young wrestlers develop this season.
“We wrestled hard. I am happy with our effort,” he said. “We are a young team and the experience we gained Saturday will help us throughout the season. We have some work to do, but that is the purpose these early tournaments.”
In duals action, Mg lost to Anoka 60-12 and Centennial 57-9 in a triangular meet Friday, Dec. 7.
Against Anoka, Shilson (5-2) and Osatiuk (6-2) won at 106 and 113 and Dick energized the crowd with a win by fall at the 120, pinning his opponent in just 22 seconds.
Osatiuk (113) provided a highlight against Centennial with a dramatic sudden-death victory (5-4) in the third overtime period. Another highlight came when Dick (120) demonstrated command of a cross-face cradle for the second time that night, pinning his challenger in 56 seconds.