The Maple Grove Crimson hosted the Osseo Orioles and Rogers Royals Thursday, Dec. 13 in a tri-meet event.
The first match of the night featured a nail-biter between the Crimson and their rivals east of the highway, the Orioles. The Crimson, known for their strong light weight class “triple threat” (Tyler Shilson, Brad Osatiuk and Logan Dick), took an early lead but Osseo rallied to win the final two matches for a 38-34 victory, thus returning “The Droegy,” the prestigious traveling trophy, to the OHS showcase after a five-year absence.
MG’s triple threat exercised their strength again in this match. Shilson (106) and Osatiuk (113) pinned their opponents to put the Crimson up 12-0. Crimson coach Troy Seubert took a chance and moved Logan Dick up to 126 and wrestled Jack Herbes at 120. That move paid off with a major decision win by Herbes and a Dick win by decision to put the Crimson up 19-0.
Freshman Maverick Marasch put Osseo on the board with an 8-1 decision at 132. Sophomore Carson Brolsma followed with a pin at 138 to pull the Orioles within 10 points. Crimson’s Sarah Tison got the first varsity start of her career at 132.
MG’s Tim Cramer (145) followed with a 5-3 win that gave the Crimson a 22-9 lead half way through the match.
Osseo senior tri-captain Tony Gamache scored a 41 second fall, closing the gap to 22-15. Andrew Lanners moved the Orioles to within striking range with a 15-0 technical fall at 160 before Badhasa Wako pinned his opponent at 170 to give Osseo their first lead of the meet, 26-22.
At 182, MG’s Taylor Tison put a stop to the bleeding with a commanding win by fall at 4:56. Billy Hebert (195), in his first varsity start, fed off the momentum and pinned his opponent at 2:13 putting the Crimson back on top 34-26 with only two matches left.
Osseo senior tri-captain Michael Lillis knew he must win to keep his team’s chances alive and did just that with a crucial third period pin at 220 to close Osseo within two, 34-32.
With Crimson varsity heavyweight Jessie Higgins unavailable due to injury, Seubert put first year wrestler Alex Nelson on the mat to face Osseo senior captain AJ Dehn in the heavyweight finale. As the underdog, Nelson was impressive with a quick takedown and quickly took the lead 2-0, ending the first period with a 2-2 tie. Unfortunately for the Crimson, Nelson wouldn’t make it out of the second period as Dehn won by fall at 3:38 giving the Orioles a 38-34 win and the honor of hoisting the Ken Droegemueller Trophy.
“I was very happy with the way the team wrestled,” said Seubert. “We had five first-time varsity wrestlers tonight (Sarah Tison,Robert Morgan, Michael Rengle, Billy Hebert and Alex Nelson) that did a great job filling in for their injured teammates. I’m very pleased with the character our team showed tonight.”
“We wrestle that dual 10 times and it probably comes down to the heavyweight match every time,” said Osseo head coach Alan Wiley. “Maple Grove was arguably the underdog but they came out swinging and scored points wherever they could. Our wrestlers came together as a team and picked up each other’s slack where needed. It was a fun night and great tribute to the rivalry and the coach for which the trophy is named after.”
The Orange and Black also topped Rogers (57-22) on the same night to improve their dual meet record to 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in the conference.
Osseo travels to Mounds View Thursday, Dec. 20 and hosts Blaine Friday, Dec. 21. The Blaine meet is Osseo Alumni night. All OHS Wrestling alumni are welcome and will be introduced between the junior varsity and varsity meets. Please check-in by 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
The Crimson bounced back to beat Rogers 42-33 in the second match of the night. They visit Park Center Friday, Dec. 21.