The Osseo wrestling team visited Brooklyn Center High School Saturday, Jan. 4, for the 20th annual Brooklyn Center-Concordia Academy Invitational. The Orioles finished either first or second of the eight-team field contending with South St. Paul but as of Sunday evening there was no official result following technical difficulties announced by tournament officials.
“Something went haywire with the computer scoring program and they don’t know who won yet, so I guess this adds to the suspense,” Commented Osseo coach Alan Wiley. “The team wrestled pretty well on Saturday and we’re looking forward to continued improvement.”
Osseo wrestlers placed in the top five at 10 of 14 weight classes, with eight earning medalist honors, including three individual titles.
Freshmen Nicholas Carline and Mitchell Lewison won titles for the Orioles at the opening weight classes.
Carline advanced on a first round bye before knocking off the No. 2 seed from Orono by an 11-5 decision and finally outscoring top seeded Zach Ferguson of St. Paul Central (6-2) for the 106 pound title. Carline was also voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.
Lewison accepted an opening bye at 113 pounds before scoring falls over Orono at 1:32 and finals opponent Jose Rogers-Valdez of South St. Paul at 3:50. This was Lewison’s second title at the BC tournament, having placed first at 106 last year.
Sophomore Julio Cebellos claimed top honors at 195 as an unseeded entrant. Cebellos rallied to defeat his top seeded opponent from South St. Paul (8-4), followed by a fall at 2:54 over St. Paul Central and later decisioned Rockford’s Duqueiro Cano (10-6) in the final match.
Silver-medalists were eighth grader Adam Lanners (120) and senior Ryan Swenson (132), both with key semi-final wins to help put Osseo in title contention. Third place, bronze medalists included juniors Christian Smith (126), Stavros Peterson (220) and Travis Mollen (Hwt). Smith and Mollen recorded three pins apiece for the tournament, with their lone set-backs of the day both by overtime decisions. Also earning placement points for the Orioles were senior Isahak Osman (fourth) at 138 and junior Matt Lillis (fifth) at 182.
OHS mat notes: Junior tri-captain Carson Brolsma (24-1) has moved up to No. 2 in the 3A-145 pound state ratings in the latest coaches poll.
The Orioles will dual the Pirates at Park Center Friday, Jan. 10.