by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Maple Grove entered the Section 5 wrestling team championship last weekend as the third seed, but the host Crimson wrestled three of their best matches of the season to capture the section team championship. This is only the second time Maple Grove qualified for state wrestling as a team. The first one was in 2010.
The Crimson routed Champlin Park 61-6, defeated second seed Centennial 42-18 before knocking off top-seeded Rogers 38-28 in the final.
Five Crimson went undefeated on the day including Brad Osatiuk – 3-0 (106), Jack Herbes – 3-0 (120), Logan Dick – 3-0 (132/138), Will Suehr – 2-0 (152), Jebah Doe – 3-0 (160/170).
“Every wrestler wrestled well and there were a lot of big wins throughout the day,” Crimson coach Troy Seubert said.
The biggest win of the day was one by Elijah Solomon at 160 vs. Rogers.
“Elijah was wrestling a guy who had beaten him twice previously this season,” Seubert said. “He was losing 3-2 with about 20 seconds left in the match and he shot in and took his opponent down to go ahead 4-3.”
Solomon hung on to the match, which meant MG only needed to win one more match to secure the dual which happened at the very next weight. Solomon went 2-1 on the day wrestling at 152 and 160.
Solomon’s upset victory against Rogers epitomized Maple Grove’s successful weekend. The Crimson were seeded third but beat the one and two seeds to earn a trip to the state tournament.
“Being the third seed we were the underdog but felt we had a chance if we put it all together,” Seubert said. “Each wrestler was focused and came ready to go. Everything came together and it was a great day. They’ve worked so hard to go from a team that was blown out in the first round at team sections last year to the team that is section champion this year . I am very excited to see the results of their efforts showing up when it mattered most. Great group of young men – couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The state wrestling tournament will be Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Before that, the Crimson will enter the individual sections at Champlin Park Feb. 22.
“I wouldn’t count anybody out. Anything can happen in a one day tournament like this,” Seubert said. “A number of our wrestlers should be top two seeds – including (but not limited to) Brad Osatiuk, Tyler Shilson, Logan Dick, Will Suehr, and Jebah Doe. Ultimately I believe we will fill all 14 weight classes and I think we have a good chance of doing well in most if not all 14. If we wrestle like we did last Saturday any number of athletes could do very well.”
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