The Maple Grove wrestling Triple Threat of Tyler Shilson, Brad Osatiuk and Logan Dick continued to dominate the lower weight classes Saturday in the Hopkins Wrestling Paul Bengtson Invitational.
After defeating his Hopkins opponent 17-0, Shilson won the 106 championship match with a 10-2 Major Decision over his Lakeville South opponent. Shilson (15-1) has lost only one match this year (at the Maple Grove tournament) by forfeit after becoming ill prior to the match.
At 113, Osatiuk beat both of his first two opponents each by fall at the 2:46 and 2:35 marks earning his way into the championship match. He took second place after losing the match by decision.
At 120, Dick defeated his Lakeville South opponent by fall and his Minneapolis South opponent by major decision to earn a spot in the final match. Dick breezed through this match with a 16-1 Tech Fall to become champion.
At 126, the Crimson’s first year wrestler Ethan Saabye earned fourth place while Tim Cramer took fifth place at 138. Dominic Thielen earned fourth place at 152 followed by Jason Chisato-Rodvig earning fifth place at 160.
“Our lighter weight class wrestlers simply continue to impress me turning out one victory after another,” Maple Grove coach Troy Seubert said. “Honestly, their success doesn’t surprise me given the work ethic they bring to practice every single day. I’m also very happy with the progress the rest of my team is making. They’ve also been working very hard at practice and I’m seeing the results of that hard work during their matches including those today.
The Crimson lost to Coon Rapids Jan. 3.
Shilson pinned his opponent putting the Crimson up 6-0. Osatiuk scored a 6-1 win by decision and putting the Crimson up 9-0. The Crimson lost their momentum and their lead after a loss by decision, by fall and then by forfeit at 120, 126 and 132, resulting in a score of 9-15.
Maple Grove’s coach Troy Seubert then put Tim Cramer on the mat at 138. After the first period expired, Cramer found himself down 2-4. During the second period, Cramer fought back scoring 5 points to his opponents’ 4 as he closed the gap to a single point at 7-8. Cramer chose the bottom position to start the third period, and quickly proved it to be a wise decision. He quickly escaped his opponent earning a point and tying the score at 8-8. Shortly thereafter, Cramer shot his opponent and scored a takedown earning two points and the lead. Just as the 6 minute timer expired, Cramer maneuvered his opponent into a pin position and was awarded the win by decision. The Maple Grove fans celebrated the comeback win as Cramer took the momentum back from the Cardinals.
Unfortunately, the Crimson couldn’t take advantage of the momentum and lost their remaining matches and the event.
Prior to the holidays, the Crimson defeated Park Center 48-24 and placed third at the Eau Claire Tournament. Maple Grove hosts a tri-meet Friday, Jan. 11, against Roseville and Armstrong at 5 p.m.