Fans who like pins got what they came for as Osakis hosted West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville for a dual on Tuesday night.
Ten of the 14 weight classes were decided by falls. Most of those went to WCA-A-B-E as the Knights finished off a 54-24 win over a young Osakis lineup.
“I thought they wrestled fairly well,” WCA-A-B-E head coach Brandon Gruchow said. “What I really appreciated is they were trying the things we’ve been working on in practice. We’re starting to put some of those things into play on the mat, and that’s what we want to see.”
The Knights have some youth in the lineup, as well. They started out with 7th-grader Solomon Wales taking on sophomore Logan Grove at 106 pounds. Grove won that match by fall in 3:24 before freshman Ashton Danner got it back for the Knights with a pin at 113 in 1:02. WCA-A-B_E freshman Colton Lindquist also got a pin at 182 pounds.
“We’ve had to slow things down quite a bit in practice. We’ve had to focus more on the little things, the details that those more experienced guys know what to do without even thinking about it,” Gruchow said. “They were trying tonight. Not all the time did it work, but I could see them trying to get those things down and that’s nice to see.”
The guys the Knights do have back have a lot expected of them, and they delivered on Tuesday. Senior Anthony Sykora secured a pin in 40 seconds at 126. Jordan Lohse did the same in 1:41 at 138 pounds, while Kaleb Getz, Kade Olson, Bryce Lien and Wyatt Olson also added pins to help the Knights pull away.
“They’ve stepped up, and they know they have to go big when they’re out there,” Gruchow said of his experienced wrestlers. “Look for those falls, get those big bonus points. We know we’re giving some up, and at the end, it ultimately comes down to who gets more of those bonus points in tight duals.”
The most important thing Gruchow wanted to see against Osakis was a faster start from his guys. For the most part, he got that as seven of their pins came in the first period.
“I like to see them go after it,” Gruchow said. “That was one of the main things we wanted to see tonight was to bring a different level of intensity than what we’ve been bringing.”
Andreasen pleased with team’s growth
Osakis head coach Joey Andreasen was happy with what he saw out of his team too. The Silverstreaks have three seniors on the roster and just two were in the lineup on Tuesday.
Both got wins. Triston Stoetzel won a 4-2 decision at 170 pounds over senior Hunter Mickelsen. Dominic Strom added a 2-1 win against a bigger opponent at 220 pounds in junior Devin Stone.
Strom trailed 1-0 through two periods after a late escape by Stone in the second frame. Strom started down in the third period and immediately scored two points with a reversal.
“I knew that if I got a reversal that I should be able to ride him out for the rest of the match,” Strom said. “I wanted to spend the most amount of time I could on top of him, or both up is better. Don’t get underneath him.”
Those victories within the matches are what the Silverstreaks are looking for this season. Eighth-grader Kale Drevlow added a forfeit win on Tuesday, and junior Nate Kulzer got a pin in 3:44 at 132 pounds.
“I was really excited about how they wrestled,” Andreasen said. “Every night our kids have gone out, they just keep fighting and working on what we work on in practice. There hasn’t really been a time they have gone out yet this year where I’ve been disappointed in them or thought they haven’t wrestled up to their potential.”
Andreasen was thrilled to get a couple of dual wins against Ortonville and Melrose-Sauk Centre at a tri on Dec. 7. The head coach is hopeful that his third senior, Ben Duchene, will be back early next week. With that, they should be able to fill their whole lineup.
“That will be some good senior leadership. He’s a mature, strong kid, so he’ll really help us out,” Andreasen said. “Then we can push some more guys up and fill some more of those weight classes. For the duals, whether we win them or not, I want to put out as complete of a squad as possible, give the fans something to watch and not have to forfeit a bunch of weights.”
Andreasen likes the work ethic of his wrestlers. That should allow them to continue to improve as guys try to get comfortable at the varsity level.
“It’s awesome. Every day in practice, they just want to learn,” Andreasen said. “They don’t want to leave practice early. They just want to keep grinding it out. I’m excited about where we’re at and that we can fill most of the weights. If everyone is healthy, we can fill all the weights. That’s tough for some of us small schools.”
WCA-A-B-E 54, OSAKIS 24
106 - Logan Grove (O) def. Solomon Wales by fall, 3:24; 113 - Ashton Danner (WCA) def. Gaven Cimbura by fall, 1:02; 120 - Kale Drevlow (O) won by forfeit; 126 - Anthony Sykora (WCA) def. Garek Radtke by fall, 0:40; 132 - Nathan Kulzer (O) def. Hunter Hanson by fall, 3:44; 138 - Jordan Lohse (WCA) def. Carsten Jacobson by fall, 1:41; 145 - Kaleb Getz (WCA) def. Tyson Hagedon by fall, 0:43; 152 - Kade Olson (WCA) def. Duncan Vandergon by fall, 1:56; 160 - Bryce Lien (WCA) def. Hunter Harlow by fall, 1:34; 170 - Triston Stoetzel (O) def. Hunter Mickelsen, 4-2; 182 - Colton Lindquist (WCA) def. Brock Faber by fall, 2:39; 195 - Wyatt Olson (WCA) def. Ryan Milhausen by fall, 0:49; 220 - Dominic Strom (O) def. Devin Stone, 2-1; 285 - Austin Mattson (WCA) won by forfeit