Crimson get top-ranked Apple Valley in team
by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Maple Grove wrestlers recorded several firsts in their successful Section 5 individual tournament last Saturday.
Four Crimson were crowned section champion and all 14 wrestlers placed in the tournament, both firsts in the program’s history.
Brad Osatiuk led the way by defending his 106 section title, Jack Herbes won at 120, Logan Dick captured the 132 title and Jebah Doe was crowned the winner at 160. Also qualifying for state was Theo Gee, who took second at 126.
Osatiuk enters state with a 27-0 record and a No. 1 state ranking. Herbes is 2-15, Gee 27-16, Dick 35-6 and Doe 30-10.
The only down note for Maple Grove on the day was that 152 pounder Will Suehr had to injury default out of the championship match and true second match with a torn ACL.
Maple Grove’s other place winners were Tyler Shilson (113 — third), Mike Edison (138 — sixth), Robert Morgan (145 — sixth), Jason Chisato-Rodvik (170 — fourth), Quin Anderson (182 — fourth), Tahi Nomane (195 — sixth), Barry Ndip (220 — third), Alex Nelson (Hwt. — sixth).
The Crimson individual qualifiers will have lots of company at state because the Crimson also qualify as a team. Maple Grove (19-14) takes on No. 1 ranked Apple Valley (30-0) in the quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9 a.m.
“Once you get to state expectations are kind of thrown out the window,” Maple Grove coach Troy Seubert said. “Every team and every wrestler is talented. We’ll put together a good week of practice and I’m confident the boys will wrestle up to their capabilities — which should lead to some competitive duals in the team portion and an opportunity to have some place winners in the individual tournament.”
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