Illness derails Osatiuk’s state title bid
by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Illness to its top medal hopeful and tough draws greeted the Maple Grove wrestling team at last week’s state tournament at the Xcel Center.
Making only their second appearance as a team in the state tournament, the Crimson gave their all but came away with two losses. The Crimson drew perennial state champion Apple Valley in the opening round and lost 64-4. They were much more competitive against Willmar in the consolation round fell 36-26. Freshman 113 pounder Tyler Shilson was the only Crimson to win against Apple Valley with an 8-0 major decision and he picked up another major 11-3 decision in that match against Willmar.
Other winners against Willmar were: Jack Herbes by 15-6 at 120, Logan Dick by 5-1 at 138, Jason Chisato-rodvik by a fall in 5:18 at 182, Tahi Nomane by 5-3 at 195, and Taylor Tison by a fall at 2:34 at 220.
“For the most part I thought we wrestled well as a team,” Crimson coach Troy Seubert said. “Apple Valley blew everybody out throughout the tournament. They are at a different level but our wrestlers didn’t back down and went right after them. In the second round we gave Willmar everything they wanted. We needed a match or two to go our way that didn’t — but ultimately we wrestled well.”
In individual competition, junior Brad Osatiuk returned to state with high hopes. He took second at 106 last year and entered state undefeated as the No. 1 seed. But Osatiuk was sick all week and could not put out his best.
“Brad was sick,” Seubert said. “He had a flu bug of some sort and was throwing up and had a fever throughout the weekend.”
Osatiuk attempted to wrestle but lost his opening round match by a fall and fell out of contention when he lost by injury default in the wrestleback.
The other four Crimson state wrestlers all had tough draws and did not place.
“Logan Dick wrestled well and came up just short of placing,” Seubert said. “Jebah Doe had about the worst draw he could have had and only wrestled one match. Theo Gee wrestled a returning state champion in the first round and was looking good in the second round when his lack of experience caught up to him a little bit. Jack Herbes also drew a place winner in the first round and was in the match in the third period when he got desperate. I thought he wrestled well throughout the weekend.”
The good news is that the Crimson are a young team and many top wrestlers will return next year.
Shilson was named as Maple Grove’s representative on the all-state tournament team.
Osatiuk was chosen as one of the 2014 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All State recipients. The purpose of this award is to identify outstanding students who also happen to be outstanding wrestlers.
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