The Osceola Chieftain wrestling team had a very busy week of dual meets as they prepped for the big Middle Border Conference meet this Saturday which will be held in New Richmond. Osceola finished their MBC duals with a dominating win over the Prescott Cardinals and they finished their preparations for the conference match this weekend by sweeping three dual matches on their home mats. The Chieftains defeated Rice Lake 66-18, Unity 69-10 and Burnsville, Minnesota 55-21.
Although all meets are important to the wrestlers, coaches and fans, the one that had the most attention was the matchup with Prescott. The match would not be a factor in who would win the conference title. It was most important because it was Parents Night. It was an opportunity to honor the parents and family members who have contributed to getting the Chieftain wrestlers to the point that they are at in their athletic careers.
It was an emotional night for freshman Mason Rud who is Osceola’s 106-pounder. He was scheduled to wrestler the 11th match of the night. When Rud’s turn came up the team outcome was pretty well decided with the Chieftains holding on to a 42-18 lead. All eyes were on Rud as he made his way to the mat for his match on Parents Night. He had a significant number of family members in the house but there was one main piece missing. Mason’s father, Corey, had passed away just before the start of the school year. It would have been Corey’s 51st birthday on Parents Night.
“The story of the night belongs to Mason Rud,” Osceola coach Nate Demulling said. “Mason lost his dad this past year so the night was emotional and it also happened to be his Dad’s birthday so you can imagine what that meant for him. The first period was exciting with both wrestlers scrambling for position. The second period saw Mason being turned to his back but with a tremendous determination he rolled through and put his opponent to his back. After about 20 seconds Mason secured the pin. It was just an amazing event to witness and very hard to describe.”
The Osceola crowd erupted as if the team had just captured the State tournament. Everyone there was pulling for Mason.
“I felt so happy and sad,” Rud said. “It was very emotional for me because it was my dad’s birthday and I really wanted to win my match for him. I also want to say I couldn’t have won that match without my teammates and coaches. They were so supportive and they helped me get through it.”
The final score showed that Osceola defeated Prescott 60-22 winner but no one really cared. The Chieftain fans and family had received a tremendous emotional lift from their 106 pound freshman who stood proud on his father’s birthday.