Area wrestlers were limited to one match a week during the early part of the season as adjustments were made due to Covid-19. Wrestlers are now able to have multiple teams at some events giving the athletes more opportunities to hone their skills against other opponents. Last week the Osceola Chieftains competed at a triangular meet against a couple of high quality teams, the Hudson Raiders and the Ellsworth Panthers.
Osceola has been hampered all season long by a thin roster which has resulted in multiple forfeits at every match. At Hudson the Chieftain’s roster was stressed even more.
“We normally have a few forfeits but (at Hudson) we were battling some illness and injury, so we only had eight (of 14) varsity spots filled,” Osceola Coach Nate Demulling mentioned. “With that being said, I was impressed with how aggressively we wrestled. Our guys don’t back down. Even in the individual matches we wrestled, the kids gave their max effort.”
Osceola was forced to forfeit their first three matches against Hudson putting the Chieftains into an early 18-0 hole. Hudson then got a pin in the 126 pound match stretching their lead to 24-0. Osceola then got some momentum beginning with Lucas Sedivy earning a win by fall in one minute, fifty-five seconds. The Chief’s Kaleb Woodley followed up the Sedivy win with a pin in 2:41. After a Chieftain forfeit at 145 pounds it was Jacob Sedivy’s turn for Osceola. Sedivy put his adversary on his back early securing a pin in just 43 seconds cutting the Hudson team lead to 30-18. The Raiders retook the momentum starting with the next match and went on to defeat the Chiefs 62-18.
Osceola had a very similar match against Ellsworth as the Panthers wrestled their way to a 63-18 win. Once again it was Lucas Sedivy getting a pin in 1:20, Woodley doing the same in 2:18 and Jacob Sedivy getting his second pin of the day in 4:26.
“Special mention should go to Lucas Sedivy, Kaleb Woodley, and Jacob Sedivy,” Demulling noted. “They won both their varsity matches and did so with pins. All three have really been progressing in the wrestling room and continue to add and use new moves in matches. And they are fun to watch.”
“I have been working really hard in the wrestling room,” Woodley explained about his success this season. “I dropped a weight class at the beginning of the season and I am continuing to put hard work in and it is paying off.”
On Jan. 14 Osceola will host a multiple team event with New Richmond, St. Croix Falls and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser coming to town.