Osseo grapplers finish close second at Brooklyn Center Tournament
Brolsma earns outstanding wrestler honors
The Osseo wrestling team missed winning the Brooklyn Center Invitational title Saturday, Jan. 5 by the slimmest margin possible. The Orioles were edged by Minnetonka by one half point for the top spot among 10 schools. Minnetonka finished with 186, Osseo 185.5 and Rogers 161.5.
“We scored a bunch of points in the final round but just couldn’t quite get it done,” said Osseo coach Alan Wiley. “The team wrestled very well on Saturday with a couple of our regulars out of the line-up. It was nice to see some of our JV kids stepping up to help the team.”
Five Orioles advanced to the championship final round with two capturing titles.
Eighth grader Mitchell Lewison brought home his first high school varsity gold medal with three straight wins at 106 pounds. Lewison pinned his quarter-final opponent from Brooklyn Center-Concordia and decisioned semi-final opponent Jake McGann of Minnetonka before pinning Evan Lawrence of Mahtomedi in the championship match.
Sophomore Carson Brolsma dominated the 132 pound division with three decisive wins, including a turnaround of an earlier loss. Brolsma scored a fall in his opening match over Minnetonka before avenging an earlier season loss with a decisive (12-3) major decision over 10th-rated (AA) Phillip Anderson of Rogers and then pinning #9 Devin Fitzpatrick of Mahtomedi in the championship match. Carson was voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.
Also advancing two the title round for silver medalist honors were: senior Tony Gamache finishing second at 152, junior Adam Lanners second at 160 and senior Michael Lillis second at 220.
Wrestling back to earn bronze medal finishes were seventh grader Adam Lanners at 113, sophomore Hamzeh Salti at 195 and senior heavyweight AJ Dehn, all winning three of four matches.
Fifth place-winners in their divisions were junior Ryan Swenson (138) and freshman Tony Aitkin (145).
BC Tournament Team Standings: Minnetonka 186, Osseo 185.5, Rogers 161.5, Minneapolis Patrick Henry 150.5, St. Paul Central 143, South St. Paul 140, Mahtomedi 124.5, Brooklyn Center-Concordia Academy 106, Orono 80.5, Rockford 56.5.
With five regulars out of the line-up, Osseo lost a conference dual at 12th-rated Coon Rapids 61-4 Thursday, Jan. 3. Eighth grader Nicholas Carline earned Osseo’s lone victory, scoring a solid major decision at 106 pounds.
The Orioles dual meet record fell to 3-5 on the season.
RUMBLE ON THE RED
Osseo traveled to North Dakota’s Fargo Dome for the “Rumble on the Red” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29. Five states were represented with as many returning state championship teams and numerous state place-winners and qualifiers competing. The Orioles were not among the top contenders in the elite 60-plus team event, although Osseo’s returning state entrants Carson Brolsma (126) and Tony Gamache (145) finished just one victory short of the award podium, each winning four of six tournament matches.
The Orioles next travel to Centennial Friday, Jan. 11 for a triangular with Park Center and Centennial. Meet time is 5 p.m.