Maple Grove wrestlers hosted the Roseville Raiders and the Armstrong Falcons this week. There were many former Crimson wrestlers in the stands at this alumni night tri-meet.
In the first dual of evening the Crimson faced the Falcons. Perhaps it was the reputation of the “triple threat,” Shilson (106), Osatiuk (113), and Dick (120) that led to an early lead with the Falcons forfeiting the first two bouts.
Following a loss at 120 and 132, Theo Gee (138) took control of his match. Gee, a newcomer to wrestling, led with a shot that earned him a take down. Gee dominated the first period and at the 3:20 mark the sophomore executed a butcher to earn his first varsity pin.
The Falcons replied at 152, 160, and 170 and Taylor Tison (182) stopped their run with a pin for the Crimson. The pressure was on for sophomores Barry Ndip (220) and Jesse Higgins (HWT). Ndip won by decision bringing the score to 36-30 Armstrong. Higgins fought for control in the first period and used a cradle to pin his opponent at 2:75. The sophomores had tied it up (36-36), but the Falcons had won more matches and therefore earned a tie-breaker point, defeating the Crimson 37-36.
The Roseville Raiders were next to challenge the Crimson and the sophomores continued to lead their team. With forfeits at 106 and 113, Dick (126) was first on the mat. The 126 pounder resisted using the cradle, working other methods of gaining back points until he won by tech-fall, 18-0.
The Raiders rolled through the weight classes until Dom Thielen (152) took the mat. The sophomore wrestled hard until he was able to pin his opponent with just 40 seconds remaining on the clock.
The Raiders replied with pins at 152 and 170. Tison (182) was next to put points up for the Crimson. With 30 seconds remaining, Tison rolled his Raider with an arm-bar far wrist to earn 3 near fall points, breaking the 4:4 draw.
At 220, Ndip faced Troy Story (2nd in State 2012) and fought hard through the first period, executing a bridge to avoid being pinned. Story subdued Ndip in the second period and the score was 38-27.
Higgins closed the evening with a short, but exiting match. The sophomore led with a throw which pinned the Roseville heavyweight on his back. Higgins was chest to chest and on his toes, when the referee slapped the mat at just 26 seconds. Crimson routed the Raiders 44-33.
MOUNDS VIEW TEAM TOURNAMENT
The Crimson participated in a team tournament this weekend. The young team was out wrestled by Mounds View (42:19) and Owatonna (67:3). It was a good experience for the developing team, but competing with the seventh-ranked team in Minnesota (Owatonna) was out of reach for the Crimson, comprised of over 20 sophomores. In the final match of the day, the Crimson faced Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony. In this match Shilson (106), Osatiuk (113), Saabye (126), Gee (138), and Higgins (HWT) pinned their opponents. The Crimson won this dual 39 to 3.
Maple Grove next visit Elk River Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. and enter the Champlin Park duals Saturday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m.