3 Orioles advance to state wrestling

Osseo seniors Ryan Swenson and Badhasa Wako will join junior Carson Brolsma at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Orioles had a more than respectable finish as a team at Saturday’s Section 5AAA tournament hosted by Champlin Park, earning individual medals at 13 of 14 weight classes.

Osseo state wrestling qualifiers, left to right, are: senior Badhasa Wako, senior Ryan Swenson and junior Carson Brolsma.
Osseo state wrestling qualifiers, left to right, are: senior Badhasa Wako, senior Ryan Swenson and junior Carson Brolsma.

“We feel great about our three qualifiers and the entire team effort at sections,” commented Osseo fifth-year head coach Alan Wiley. “I believe Osseo will be well represented in St. Paul next week.”


State Qualifiers

Brolsma won his second straight section title, taking top honors at 145, with falls over Irondale in 29 seconds and Mounds View, 10 seconds into the second period, en route to the finals where he defeated his Rogers opponent by an 18-3 technical fall. Brolsma, a four-time state qualifier, enters the big show as a returning state medalist and currently ranked second with a 40-1 season record. He is one of the top contenders for the state title.

“I think there are three guys at 145 AAA with a legitimate shot at winning state this year,” Wiley said. “Mark Voss from St. Michael-Albertville (39-2), Brock Morgan from Apple Valley (37-4) and Carson. There is no clear-cut favorite out of those three, it will be whoever wrestles the best that day.”

Swenson will make his first trip to state with a silver-medal winning effort at 132 pounds. Swenson advanced with a quarterfinal technical fall (20-5) over Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony, followed by a (12-6) semifinal decision over the eventual third place winner from Centennial, before falling short to his Maple Grove opponent by a decision in the finals.

Wako will make his first ever state tournament appearance after winning the 152 pound title. Wako opened with a fall over Irondale at 3:54 and a 5-3 decision over Rogers before winning by injury default over his title round opponent from Maple Grove.


Section Place-winners  

Nicholas Carline, freshman (third at 106), Mitchell Lewison, freshman (fourth at 113), Adam Lanners, eighth grade (fourth at 120), Isahak Osman, senior (fourth at 138), Tony Aitkin, sophomore (sixth at 160), Alex Sanchez, sophomore (sixth at 170), Matt Lillis, junior (sixth at 182), Julio Ceballos, sophomore (fourth at 195), Hamzeh Salti, junior (sixth at 220) and Travis Mollen, junior (fifth at Hwt).


State Wrestling Tournament schedule

The state tournament schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 27 — Team Tournament: 9 a.m. – Class AAA First Round, 11 a.m. – Consolation Semifinals,  1 p.m. – Championship Semifinals,  5 p.m. -Third Place and Consolation Finals, 7 p.m. – Championship Finals.

Friday, Feb. 28 — Individual Tournament: 1 p.m. – Class AAA First Round, 6:30 p.m. – Championship Quarterfinals, 7:30 p.m. – Consolation First Round (wrestle-backs).

Osseo’s first round pairings:

132  — Ryan Swenson (senior) 15-8 vs Tyson Leon (junior) 31-8, Shakopee. 145 — Carson Brolsma (junior) 40-1 vs Kyle Benjamin (junior) 11-4, Farmington. 152 — Badhasa Wako (senior) 14-8 vs Cole Schreder (sophomore), 27-12, St. Cloud Tech.

Saturday, March 1 — Individual Tournament:  9:30 a.m. – Class AAA Consolation Quarterfinals, 10:45 a.m. – Championship Semifinals, 12:45 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals, 4:30 p.m. – third and fifth Place Finals, 7 p.m. – Championship Finals.