First-year wrestler Gee earns state berth
The Maple Grove wrestling team will send three wrestlers to the state meet. Brad Osatiuk, Logan Dick and Theo Gee all wrestled superbly in the individual sections state qualifier tournament at Champlin Park last Saturday to earn state spots.
Osatiuk captured the 106 championship to improve his record to 34-5. He enjoyed a first round bye as a number one seed. In his second match, Osatiuk quickly took down his opponent and won by fall at 1:47 advancing him to the championship match. Early in the championship match, Osatiuk took his opponent down. He then let his opponent go to go for another takedown. His opponent ended up getting the next takedown to take the lead 3-2 after the first period. The only scoring in the second period occurred when Osatiuk managed a takedown to regain the lead after two (4-3). Osatiuk started in the down position in the third period and scored a one point escape to win the match and first place with a 5-3 decision.
Dick took second at 120 to earn a state spot with a 32-10 mark. He won his first match by decision (3-1) and lost his second match to move into the wrestle-back bracket. Dick won his next match by decision (7-0) and then earned a spot in the true second match by winning the following match by a 5-1 decision. Dick scored first in the true second match with a takedown and a near-fall going up quickly and ending the first period with a 5-0. Dick scored a takedown and gave up an escape resulting in a score of 7-1 after two periods. Dick scored one point in the final period by escape and gave up two on a takedown, but finished the period and match with a win by decision (8-3) to finish in second place and advance to state.
Also going to state is first-year sophomore wrestler Gee at 138. Seeded sixth, Gee wrestled the No. 3 seed in the first match and led after the first period 4-2. Gee gave up one point in the second period, but shifted into high gear in the third period with an escape followed by a takedown bringing the score to 7-3. After a reverse by both wrestlers, Gee ultimately won the match at 5:58 by injury default. Gee’s went to work quickly in the second match with a quick takedown. His opponent from Champlin Park scored one with an escape but only to find himself quickly on his back again after another Gee takedown and near fall. The first period ended with Gee leading 7-3. Gee’s opponent fought back in the second period scoring five point to close the gap to 9-8. However, Gee determined to win, scored three points in the third to win 12-8 and earn a spot in the championship match. Gee lost 13-5 in the championship match to take second place and earn a bid in the state tournament.
Other Crimson who placed in the sections were:
Tyler Shilson (113) (32-9) won his first match by tech fall (4:30). After a loss in his second match, he came back and won his next two matches by major decision and tech fall earning third place overall.
Jack Herbes (126) won his first match by fall at 4:40, followed by losses by tech fall and decision in his next two matches. Herbes finished the day with a win by fall (1:47) to finish fifth.
Tim Cramer (145) and teammate Will Suehr (152) both finished in fifth place. Jebah Doe (182) won four matches and lost two to finish in third place.
Barry Ndip (195) finished in 5thplace while Jesse Higgins (HWT) finished in sixth place.
Maple Grove Coach Troy Seubert was excited by his team’s section performance.
“We talked all week about peaking at the right time and we did that today,” Seubert said. “We’re an extremely young team. Our line-up consisted of 10 sophomores, two freshmen and an eighth grader and we came away with five top-three finishers, three state entrants including the first first-year wrestler to qualify for the state tournament in school history, and a repeat section champion. We’re looking forward to going to the state tournament next and hopefully making some noise at the next level.”
Other Notes: Osatiuk (sophomore) wins his 75th varsity match. Gee (sophomore) becomes the first Maple Grove wrestler to qualify for state during his first year of wrestling.
The Crimson will compete at the state meet at the Xcel Energy Center Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.