Crimson wrestlers ground the Rockets

Will Suehr out-duels Dahl in a thriller

The Maple Grove Crimson scored a 57-18 home win over the Rockford Rockets Jan. 31 on Seniors Night.

Prior to the match, the Crimson celebrated the accomplishments of their senior wrestlers by introducing each of them and their parents. The seniors honored included Entri Chim, Nathan Schwartz and Tyler Seward.

Maple Grove sophomore Will Suehr (152) duel his Rocket opponent in a thrilling 7-6 win.
Maple Grove sophomore Will Suehr (152) duel his Rocket opponent in a thrilling 7-6 win.

“Each of these young men showed leadership and made significant contributions to our wrestling program,” Crimson coach Troy Seubert said. “I want to express my gratitude for their hard work and commitment to our program and wish each of them the best of luck with their future endeavors.”

The Crimson got off to great start with Tyler Shilson (106) and Tyler Seward (113) both winning their matches by forfeit. Crimson Brad Osatiuk pinned his opponent at the 4:24 mark to make the score 18-0 Crimson. The Rockets rallied back with wins by fall at 126 and 132.

At 138, Tim Cramer efficiently put his opponent away and won by fall at 3:27 to extend the Crimson’s lead 24-12.  Crimson wrestler Robert Morgan moved up to varsity to fill the 145 weight class open due to an injured Crimson wrestler. Morgan impressed the home crowd with a show of will and determination holding off numerous attempts by his opponent to pin him. Morgan almost made it through the third period, but ultimately his opponent won by fall.

The match of the night was at 152. Maple Grove’s Will Suehr shook the hand of his Rockford opponent Eric Dahl under the spotlight of the dimly light gymnasium. Suehr’s demeanor was business-like from the very beginning of the match with a take-down in the first period and a 2-0 lead after the first period. His opponent won the coin toss and chose the up position which Suerh quickly took advantage of with a one point escape.  Dahl managed a takedown prior to the end of the second period closing the gap to 3-2 Crimson. Suehr chose the down position to start the third and managed to escape again, earning another point. Dahl fought back with a takedown to even the score at 4-4.  Suehr quickly escaped again from the clutches of Dahl earning another point and the 5-4 lead. Late in the third period, Dahl managed another takedown and retook the lead at 6-5. With only seconds left on the clock, Suehr fought his way loose, reversed his opponent, secured two points and as the scoreboard horn blew won the match 7-6.

The Crimson were now up 27-18 and well on their way to victory.

At 160, Jason-Chisato Rodvig outwrestled his opponent with a convincing 15-5 major decision. Quinn Anderson won by forfeit at 170. Jebah Doe moved up a weight class to 182 to setup a rematch of last week’s match with Nick Seily at Totino-Grace. Doe was efficient and powerful in his tech-fall win at the 4:40 mark.

The Crimson put their strongman freshman Taylor Tison on the matt at 195 and Tison finished off his opponent with a 11-4 decision.

Barry Ndip wrestled at 220 and quickly pinned his opponent at the 1:07 mark.

At heavyweight, Alex Nelson won by forfeit to end the match with a 57-18 win over the Rockets.

The Crimson visit No. 1 St. Michael-Albertville and Irondale Friday, Feb. 8.