If the first wrestling match of the season is any indication of what the 2019-2020 season is all about for the Osceola Chieftains you better batten down the hatches and look for your seatbelt. Osceola’s first duel match of the season was a Middle Border conference hookup with the St. Croix Central Panthers. After the completion of the 14 weight classes the team score was deadlocked at 37 points each. The match was then decided by tie-breaker criteria.
“The match came down to the ninth criteria for tie breaks out of 17 total,” Osceola coach Nate Demulling reported. “The first three deal with penalty points which neither team had. Next is who won the greater number of matches, then the team with the most pins, then the team giving up the least forfeits, then the team with more technical falls, then the team with the most major decisions, and finally the one that got us. The team having the greater number of first points scored shall be declared the winner. We each collected two forfeits and wrestled 10 matches. Of those 10 matches we won five and they won five. In their five wins they scored a takedown first, worth two points each for a total of 10. We had four takedowns and an escape as the first point scored so our total was nine.”
And some people think that Einstein’s theory of relativity is complicated.
Osceola got off to a quick start in the match when Thomas Oswald (113) pinned his opponent in the second period. Jacob Sedivy (138) stuck his man with three seconds remaining in his match. Jordan Woodley (170), wrestling in his first match as a Chieftain, got a second period pin. Drew Willeman (132) earned a 14-0 decision and Nick Carlson (195) won a 3-0 shutout. Lucas Sedivy (126) and Mason Rud (106) were awarded forfeits.
“Every team in the Middle Border is tough,” Demulling said. “However, we had opportunities to score more points for our team and opportunities to limit the amount of points they scored. We wrestled hard but made mistakes, which will be corrected.”
Osceola competed in the Cumberland duels and ran into some stellar completion at the Island City Tournament. Osceola lost in the first duel 41-30 to Tomahawk but then came back to defeat Shell Lake 52-15. The Chieftains then lost in the match for fifth place by a score of 45-29 to Stanley-Boyd/Owen/Withee.
“Giving up forfeits really hurt us in all three of our losses,” Demulling said. “We have a few guys injured who should be back in the line-up within the next few weeks and we’ll get guys down to weight so we don’t have to spot teams 12 points every dual. That was the difference in all of our losses.”
Oswald, Willeman and Jacob Sedivy all went 4-0 in their first week of competition.
“As a team we set ourselves a goal to score first, which can be the deciding factor for the majority of matches,” Oswald said. “Our tough loss against St. Croix Central came down to criteria, which happened to be matches where we scored first, so we have a lot to improve on. Although our dual against Central was not the greatest, we still put up a battle and I am proud of all of my teammates’ efforts in each of their matches.”