Maple Grove defeated Irondale last Friday evening and fell to St. Michael-Albertville (STMA). The tri-meet was hosted by the STMA squad, who presently ranked third in the nation.
In the first dual of the evening, captain Brad Osatiuk (106) quickly generated momentum for the Crimson by pining his Irondale opponent in just 35 seconds. The Knights forfeited to Tyler Shilson (113) bringing the score to 12-0 for the Crimson. The Weimann brothers responded with a decision at 120 and a fall at 126 for Irondale. There were several holes in the Irondale line-up and Maple Grove received six more forfeit points at 132 and pulled away to an 18-9 lead.
At the middle weights, the Crimson sophomores extended the lead. Theo Gee (138) shot early in his match to gain two points in the first period. Gee allowed an escape early in the second, but answered with a take-down and near-fall. With an 8-1 lead over his challenger, Gee maintained his intensity through the third period and earned a major decision for the Crimson.
Tim Cramer (145) was next on the mat and he quickly took control and pinned his opponent at 1.14 in the first period.
At 29-18 Crimson, Will Suehr (152) upset his senior opponent in a three-period battle. Suehr was taken down twice in the first period and released. At 6-2 Irondale, Suehr handled his opponent and kept him from earning escape points. With 20 seconds left in the third period, Suehr took advantage of a failed tilt. Catching his challenger on his back, Suehr worked for the pin. At the whistle, Suehr was awarded a reversal and a two point near-fall for a 7-6 decision for the Crimson.
With a Crimson lead of 31-9, the dual looked settled but the upper weights rallied for the Knights. Irondale’s 160 pounder added six points, but a forfeit at 170 reestablished the Crimson lead of 37-15. At 180, the Knights earned a major decision followed by a decision at 195. The Crimson didn’t send out a 220 pounder and the Knights narrowed the Crimson lead to 37-27. Irondale finished strongly winning the HWT match by fall. Maple Grove won the dual 37-33.
In the second match of the evening, Maple Grove fell to STMA 77-0.
Head Coach Troy Seubert was pleased with his wrestlers’ effort.
“They wrestled both teams very well,” he said. “ There were a lot of great matches tonight. Our guys faced a team that is ranked third in the nation (STMA) and they wrestled hard.”
Maple Grove will wrestle in the Section 5A Team Tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, at Centennial and in the Section 5A Individual Tournament Saturday, Feb. 23, at Champlin Park.