Four other Orioles compete at the Xcel
Osseo High School’s Carson Brolsma brought home all state honors at last week’s state wrestling tournament with a fifth-place finish at 132 pounds.
Brolsma opened his third state tournament appearance with a first round (10-7) loss to Henry Sibley’s Alberto Ramirez before roaring back under the Xcel Friday night lights, with a (16-0) technical fall over Willmar’s Austin Miley. Brolsma had lost to Miley last season. The Oriole sophomore next won his way to the medal rounds with a 6-2 decision over Northfield’s Carson Candey, before dropping a decision to Luke Rowfs of Hastings in the wrestle-back semi-finals.
Brolsma avenged his opening loss in Saturday night’s finals with an (11-5) decision over Ramirez in the fifth place final, completing his season with 35-12 record and a section title to go with his first state medal.
“It’s nice to see a young man who has worked so hard be able to succeed at this level,” said Osseo coach Alan Wiley. “Carson has dedicated himself to the sport in season and out.”
Osseo was also represented at the state tournament by seniors Tony Gamache at 145 and AJ Dehn at heavyweight, junior Andrew Lanners (160) and sophomore Ferhan Abdisa (126).
Gamache, a two-time state entrant and 2013 section champion, finished an outstanding career with a narrow loss in his only match of the tournament to eventual place-winner Chase Monger of Eden Prairie. He finished his season with a 29-11 record including a team-leading 23 falls.
Dehn dropped his first round match and was unable to wrestle-back following a competitive effort against Willmar’s Cass Herzog, who had entered the tournament undefeated. Dehn finished with 21 wins and was second on the team with 20 falls en route to his first state tournament appearance.
Lanners fell short in his opening match to eventual (fourth) place-winner Lucas Westrich of Lakeville North, to finish his season with 22 wins and his first trip to state.
Abdisa dropped his opener to eventual state finalist Nick O’Brien of Wayzata and later fell short in his wrestle-back bid, to finish the season with 16 wins and his first state tournament appearance.
“We’re very proud of the way all five represented our program at the state tournament and the entire team for a great season,” added Wiley.