The 57th edition of Osseo Senior High School wrestling opened the 2012-13 season placing fourth of nine schools at the Ken Droegemueller-Osseo Invitational Saturday, Dec. 1, at OSH. Osseo scored 152.5 team points behind top three finishers Eden Prairie (206.5), Wayzata (185.5) and Mounds view (163).
“It’s a start and I’d say we did alright,” commented head coach Alan Wiley. “I’m especially pleased with the way the JV wrestled, with many new kids having some early success.”
Three Orioles earned silver-medalist honors with second place finishes in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Carson Brolsma moved up to the 138-pound class where he scored a fall over Maple Grove and a technical fall against Wayzata, before dropping a regular decision to Eden Prairie’s (state second rated) Ben Brancale. Brolsma is a two-time state entrant having qualified the past two seasons at 103 and 120.
Senior tri-captain Tony Gamache pinned his way to the 152 final before dropping a decision to Eden Prairie’s 10th rated Chase Monger. Gamache is a returning state entrant having qualified last season at 145.
Senior tri-captain Michael Lillis advanced with a first round bye and a pin over his semi-final opponent from Eden Prairie, before falling short against Buffalo’s 10th rated Adam Treteau.
Wrestling back to claim third place-bronze medal honors were Andrew Lanners, junior 160-pounder and senior tri-captain AJ Dehn at heavyweight. Other varsity place-winners include: eighth grader Mitchell Lewison (fourth at 106), seventh grader Adam Lanners (sixth at 113) with his first varsity win, sophomore Ferhan Abdisa (fifth at 126), freshman Maverick Marasch (fifth at 132), Ryan Swanson (fourth at 145), junior Bahassa Wako (fourth at 170) and freshman Julio Ceballos (fourth at 195).
Special note: Wayzata senior Weston Droegemueller won the 138 pound title with three straight pins to earn the tournament’s award for most falls in the least amount of time and was also named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler for the second time in this event, named in honor of his grandfather, Osseo coaching legend Ken Droegemueller.
EAU CLAIRE INVITE
The Orioles followed with dual losses to Anoka (47-12) and Richfield (39-38) Dec. 4 but bounced back to win their home dual meet opener Friday, Dec. 7 45-22 over Andover. Osseo then took third at the Eau Claire Invitational Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Orioles rebounded with a nice victory in their first home dual meet over conference rival Andover highlighted by a dramatic overtime win by ninth grader Maverick Marash, moving up to 138 to help spark the home team along with falls by Brolsma, Swenson, Ceballos and Dehn. The win squared Osseo’s conference record at 1-1.
“Winning against Andover was a big lift after a tough night on Tuesday,” said Osseo coach Alan Wiley. “The guys really picked each other up as a team and the attitude carried into Saturday.”
Against Anoka, Osseo varsity match winners: 113 Lanners 11-6; 138 Brolsma 14-7, and Hwt Dehn by uncontested/walk-over.
Osseo varsity match winners against Richfield were: 106 Lewison by fall (2:47); 126 Abdisa 4-2; 132 Marash by forfeit; 138 Brolsma by tech-fall 16-1; 145 Swenson by fall (2:56); 152 Gamache by fall (1:04); 160, Andrew Lanners by forfeit.
EAU CLAIRE TOURNAMENT
Osseo, as the only Minnesota, represented the state well as it finished third out of 24 schools, with 385.5 points.
Nine Orioles placed in the top six with three more wrestling back to score important team points. Brolsma (132) and Gamache both took third to lead the way. Other Osseo placers: Abdisa (fifth at 126); Lanners (sixth at 160); Wako (fourth at 170); Ceballos (fifth at 182); Lillis (sixth at 220); Dehn (sixth at Hwt).
Osseo next wrestles at Maple Grove Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. against the Crimson and Rogers.
Osseo will host the “Ken Droegemueller Memorial” Youth Open Saturday, Dec.15.High school wrestlers and parents are needed to help run the tournament. Registration and weigh-ins are 7 a.m.