Advance to final with upset win
The Osseo High wrestling team put together a strong finish to highlight their dual meet campaign with a second-place finish at the Section 5AAA team tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, at Centennial.
The third-seeded Orioles opened with a 47-22 quarter-final win over Irondale, before upsetting No. 2 Mounds View 33-32 in the semi-finals, while avenging a regular season loss to the Mustangs.
A key match against Mounds View came at 113 as seventh grader Adam Lanners rallied with a dramatic reversal in the final seconds to earn an 8-7 decision and set the stage for the upset. Lanner’s dramatic win was followed by a pin from sophomore Ferhan Abdisa at 120 and another hard fought decision from freshman Maverick Marasch at 126, giving Osseo a 12-6 lead.
Sophomore Carson Brolsma wasted little time increasing the Orioles advantage to 18-6 as the two-time state entrant scored a first period fall at 132. The Mustangs won a regular decision at 138 before senior tri-captain Tony Gamache and junior Adam Lanners answered with back to back first period falls at 145 and 152, giving Osseo a 30-9 advantage.
Mounds View’s veteran upper weights took charge with bonus points in the next three divisions, closing to 30-23, before Oriole sophomore Hamzeh Salti answered with a decision at 195 for a 33-23 Osseo lead. The dual was decided at 220 as senior tri-captain Michael Lillis battled his opponent to a close decision to lock up the win for Osseo.
Osseo fell short in their first section championship appearance since 2007 to top seeded Centennial, 39-23. Match winners against Centennial were freshman Tony Aitkin by decision at 132, Brolsma with a tech-fall at 138, Gamache by decision at 145, freshman Julio Ceballos with decision at 182 and a closing pin from senior tri-captain AJ Dehn at heavyweight. It was Dehn’s 18th fall of the season.
Gamache, a 2012 state qualifier, recorded his team leading 19th and 20th falls against Irondale and Moundsview. Junior Andrew Lanners earned his 20th season win against Moundsview to join Brolsma (29), Gamache (26) and Ryan Swenson (21) in the 20 wins club.
Osseo finished with an overall dual meet record of 9-8, for their first winning season in recent years.
“We’ve seen real progress this season and it is a nice accomplishment, especially considering it’s been a few years since we’ve made it past the first round,” said Osseo head coach Alan Wiley. “Now it’s on to individuals and we’ll see what we can do there.”
The section individual tournament is Saturday, Feb. 23, at Champlin Park.
Osseo 47, Irondale 22; Osseo match winners:
106 Mitchell Lewison, OSH, pinned Luke Janacek, IRON, 3:50
113 Adam Lanners, OSH, tech. fall Sawyer Johnson, IRON, 4:00 17-2
132 Tony Aitkin, OSH, forf. no entrant, IRON, nc
138 Carson Brolsma, OSH, pinned Andrew Swierzcek, IRON, 1:51
145 Ryan Swenson, OSH, pinned Justin Escobar, IRON, 1:48
152 Tony Gamache, OSH, pinned Nick Harelson, IRON, 2:22
160 Andrew Lanners, OSH, dec. Lance Chevre, IRON, 5-2
170 Badhasa Wako, OSH, dec. Dan Ackerman, IRON, 13-10
220 Mike Lillis, OSH, forf. no entrant, IRON, nc
Osseo 33, Mounds View 32 Osseo match winners:
113 Adam Lanners, OSH, dec. Karl Keeler, MV, 8-7
120 Ferhan Abdisa, OSH, pinned Sam McGinnity, MV, 2:35
126 Maverick Marasch, OSH, dec. Benji Keillor, MV, 7-5
132 Carson Brolsma, OSH, pinned Louis Johnson, MV, 1:17
145 Tony Gamache, OSH, pinned Jack Graham, MV, 1:02
152 Andrew Lanners, OSH, pinned Jack Schrunk, MV, 0:40
195 Hamzeh Salti, OSH, dec. Matt Ray, MV, 4-0
Centennial 39, Osseo 23 Osseo match winners:
132 Tony Aitkin, OSH, dec. Austin Miller, CEN, 9-3
138 Carson Brolsma, OSH, tech. fall Tanner Mazanec, CEN, 4:00 16-0
152 Tony Gamache, OSH, dec. Tom Handley, CEN, 5-0
170 Badhasa Wako (OSH) sv-1 Alex Zwicki (CEN) 11-9
182 Julio Ceballos, OSH, dec. Andy Falardeau, CEN, 9-4
285 A.J. Dehn, OSH, pinned Joe Nelson, CEN, 2:25