Short-handed Oriole matmen 7th at Totino Grace Tournament
Osseo finished seventh at the Totino-Grace Invitational Saturday, Jan. 26, with 88 points.
The Oriole varsity line-up was without seven regulars as four of the team’s younger members wrestled in the ninth grade sectional tournament held the same day, along with three more out of action, resulting in five open weights. Totino-Grace won the tournament with 175.5, ahead of Eden Prairie (173.5) and Pine Island (135.5).
“No doubt we’d have finished much higher with our team intact but we believe it was important for the junior high guys to have a chance at the ninth grade tournament,” said Osseo coach Alan Wiley. “We have a couple weeks left of the regular season and I think we’re in good shape.”
Osseo had one championship finalist as senior tri-captain Tony Gamache pinned his way to the title round to extend his team lead in falls to 18, placing second at 145. Gamache dropped an (8-4) title round decision to Eden Prairie’s state rated senior Chase Monger.
Sophomore Carson Brolsma drew yet another tough bracket with no less than four state rated contenders at 132. Brolsma finished third, with his only loss a 5-2 decision in the semi-finals to No. 2 Ben Brancale of Eden Prairie, before wrestling back with a fall before avenging a loss from a year ago, scoring a 4-2 decision over Rockford junior Brad Johnson (9th /2A). Brolsma leads the team with 25 wins, followed by Gamache with 22 in the victories on the season.
Also with bronze medal finishes were junior Andrew Lanners and senior tri-captain AJ Dehn. Lanners won three of four matches, including a pair of major decisions at 152, with his only loss a regular decision to the eventual champion. Dehn wrestled back to earn the bronze at heavyweight following a 4-2 semi-final loss, with a pair of falls highlighting his day.
Sophomore Ferhan Abdisa placed fifth at 120, with a fall and a major decision to his credit. Also placing fifth were sophomore Matthew Lillis (160) and senior tri-captain Michael Lillis (220). Placing sixth was junior Isahak Osman, with one fall.
The Orioles travel to Elk River Friday, Feb. 1, for a conference dual meet with the Elks.