Osseo matmen fall to Elk River

The Osseo High School wrestling team dropped a dual meet at Elk River Friday, Feb. 1, 39-22, dropping their dual meet season record to 6-7.

The Orioles won five matches, although they were ahead or in contention late in at least three others.

“We had chances to score more points but to our opponent’s credit they pulled some matches out when it looked like we were in charge,”  said Osseo coach Alan Wiley. “We have a competitive team, just have to close the deal in those kinds of matches and we’ll be tough to beat.”  Osseo fell behind 15-0 before Maverick Marasch put his team on the board with a 7-2 decision at 126.

The feature match of the night was won by Elk River at 132 pounds when a couple of state rated wrestlers met for the second time in two weeks. The Oriole’s Carson Brolsma re-matched with Elk senior Evan Caldon, who had beaten Brolsma two weeks before at the Elk River Invitational but this time the Osseo sophomore changed strategies and took the Elk River veteran to the wire. Caldon scored the winning takedown late in the match for a 3-2 win.

“He came to wrestle, and he is a tough kid.” Elk River coach Paul Nelson said about Brolsma.

Osseo won next at 138 as freshman Tony Aitkin earned an (11-0) major decision, followed by a third period fall from senior Trevor Schauls at 4:27.

Andrew Lanners earned an 8-1 decision at 160 and Michael Lillis scored a pin at 1:04 of the first period in the 220 pound class to round out Osseo’s scoring.

Osseo hosts its final regular season dual meet with Robbinsdale Armstrong Thursday, Feb. 7, at the “Bird Cage” (6/7 p.m.)  It will be Parents and Seniors Night for the Orioles.

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