by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
With a large turnout and the return of many lettermen, the Osseo High wrestling team is looking forward to a successful season.
Last year, the Orioles finished 9-7 overall in dual meets and were 5-5 in Northwest Suburban Conference action. They came on strong late in the season to take second place in the Section 5AAA tournament. Three Orioles who competed at state are back. Junior Carson Brolsma leads the way. He won the section and took fifth in the state meet at 132. Senior Andrew Lanners and junior Ferhan Abdisa also competed at state.
Oriole coach Alan Wiley is excited about this season because his squad has good numbers and many quality wrestlers.
“We have over 50 wrestlers in the room and pretty well evenly distributed in weight and ages,” Wiley said. “The team could very well have 10-12 wrestlers with 20+ wins. Our young team is coming back with a lot more experience and confidence than they had coming in last year. I am hopeful they can build on the great finish they had last year and keep the momentum going. We should be considered to be one of the top teams in the section.”
Returning wrestlers on this year’s Osseo team are:
106/113: junior Mitchell Lewison 22-14 (third in sections at106, 32 varsity career wins)
106/113: freshman Nicholas Carline 8-5 (fourth at state ninth grade league)
113/120: eighth-grader Adam Lanners 13-21 (fifth in sections at 113)
120: junior Christian Smith (23 career wins)
126: sophomore Maverick Marasch 18-12 (32 career wins)
132/138: senior Ryan Swenson 22-19 (fourth in sections 138)
132/138: junior Ferhan Abdisa 16-18 (second in sections 126)
145/152: senior Isahak Osman 3-5
145/152: junior Carson Brolsma 35-12 (first in sections, fifth in state at 132, 113 career wins)
145/152: sophomore Tony Aitkin 5-5
160: senior Badhasa Wako 15-24 (fifth in sections at 170)
170: senior Andrew Lanners 22-17 (second in sections at 160, 72 career wins)
182: junior Matthew Lillis 6-3
195: freshman Julio Ceballos 13-19 (fourth in sections at 182, seventh at state ninth grade league)
220: junior Hamzeh Salti 8-9
285: junior Travis Mollen 5-4
The Orioles opened the season with the Osseo Invitational last Saturday. They next host Coon Rapids Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.
OSSEO WRESTLERS CAPTURE KEN DROEGEMUELLER TITLE
The Oriole made their season debut a successful one by winning the first place at the Ken Droegemueller Invitational Nov. 30 at Osseo. The Orioles scored 160 points to edge runner-up Maple Grove by two points, among the 10- team field. This is the first time in many years that Osseo has won their own tournament.
“We’re not sure when the last time was we won it, but for sure not in this century,” said Wiley.
“The kids wrestled great and it was special to win this tournament honoring Ken Droegemueller,” added assistant coach Scott Lewison.
Six Orioles advanced to the finals with three earning titles including Lewison, Brolsma and Wako. Lewison swept through the 106 pound class with a fall at 1:59 over Mounds View, followed by an 8-4 decision over Buffalo and a 14-0 major decision over Wayzata in the title round.
Brolsma,rated third in the pre-season rankings, claimed top honors at 145 with falls at3:24 over Buffalo and 40 seconds over Mounds View before scoring a 3-1 finals decision over fourth-rated Ben Brancale of Eden Prairie.
Wako won his way to the 152 pound championship with a 5-3 decision over Minnetonka, a major decision over Spectrum of Elk River and a 16-9 decision over Wayzata.
Second place finishers were Abdisa (138), Hamzeh Salti (220) and Mollen (Hwt).
Other place-winners: Nicholas Carline (6th) at 113 pounds, Adam Lanners (4th) at 120, Marasch (6th) at 132, Andrew Lanners (4th) at 170 and Stavros Peterson (6th) at 195.
The Orioles were without Swenson, who is expected to return from an injury soon. Swenson, along with Andrew Lanners and Brolsma are Osseo’s team captains.
Droegemueller Invite final varsity team standings: Osseo 160, Maple Grove 158, Eden Prairie 133, Andover 119, Moundsview 113.5, Minnetonka 103.5, Wayzata 99.5, Spectrum-Legacy 84, Totino-Grace 82, Buffalo 81.
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