The Osceola Chieftain wrestling team traveled to Somerset and came home with a convincing 63-15 win over the Spartans. Somerset was behind the eight ball from the start as they forfeited five matches accounting for 30 of the Chieftains’ team points.
“We wrestled nine matches as Somerset had forfeits and won six of the nine,” Osceola coach Nate Demulling said. “With getting five forfeits the match was pretty much determined before we started. In that situation it’s easy to lose focus. Our guys didn’t do that and battled, win or lose. A highlight of the evening is that we brought our youth wrestlers and middle school wrestlers along on the buses and made it a great night of wrestling. It was a great atmosphere.”
Osceola’s Jacob Sedivy (120 pounds), Aaron Schmidt (145), Chris Fugate (152), Errol Hansen (170) and Nick Carlson (220) all won their respective matches by fall while Thomas Oswald (113), Lucas Sedivy, Daniel Nelson, Logan Johnson (160) and Nick Paro (195) each received forfeits. The match of the night was at 132 pounds where the Chieftains’ Drew Willeman defeated Somerset’s Tyler Hantsbarger.
“Tyler Hantsbarger is ranked seventh in state at 126 and was a State qualifier last year,” Demulling began. “Drew always shows great focus in his wrestling and lets nothing rattle him. The first period ended 0-0 and Hantsbarger chose down to start the second period. Drew rode him out to keep the score at nothing and picked bottom to start the third. He reversed Hantsbarger and finished the match on top, winning 2-0.”
Not only was it the most exciting match of the night it was also special for Willeman, a senior, who notched his 100th career win with the decision.
“Getting 100 wins is a great accomplishment for both me and Osceola wrestling,” Willeman said. “Going into this match I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. However, I’m glad that I was forced to earn the win. Reaching this number of wins is very special to me because it shows how far I have come. It also shows the work that I have put in both on and off the mat. I give a lot of credit to my family as they have helped me along my entire wrestling career along with my coaches. They have made a great impact on me as a person and wrestler and helped me to be who I am today.”
“As I mentioned when Logan (Johnson) did it two weeks ago, this is a special accomplishment and puts Drew in an elite club,” Demulling noted. “It’s like scoring 1,000 points in basketball and to earn it against such a great opponent makes the accomplishment all the more noteworthy.”