The Osceola Chieftain wrestling team competes in one of the toughest conferences in the Northwest part of the state, the Middle Border. There are not usually any easy matches no matter who the competition is. The schedulers gave Osceola some very tough assignments early on when they competed against St. Croix Central, Amery and Baldwin-Woodville. After losing their first three matches of the season the Chieftains put those disappointments behind them as the focused on their next assignment, the Somerset Spartans.
Osceola welcomed Somerset to their match on an unusual day for wrestling an MBC match and at an unusual time as well. With the schedules being improvised as areas battle the Covid virus the Chieftains faced the Spartans on a Monday with the first match starting at 11:00 a.m. Maybe athletic director Scott Newton can get some more matches for Osceola in this timeframe as the Chieftains came out ready and didn’t look back steamrolling to a 51-12 decision.
“It was nice to pick up a ‘W’ and not have to spot as many forfeit points,” Osceola Coach Nate Demulling said. “All of our wrestlers were aggressive and scored first, which is a strong indicator of who will win in matches.”
In the first match of the day Osceola’s Thomas Oswald received a forfeit at 120 pounds. Chieftains Reid Church (126) and Lucas Sedivy followed with pins to build an 18-0 lead. After a double forfeit at 138 pounds Osceola swept the next four weights via pins with Kaleb Woodley (145), Jacob Sedivy (152), Tanner Viebrock (160) and Isaac Campeau (170) adding a total of 24 more team points to the Chieftain side. Nick Carlson (195) got a hard-earned 10-3 decision and Tyler Jonson (285) put the icing on the cake with a pin in 30 seconds.
“All season we’ve been putting in work to get better each and every day,” Johnson remarked. “After all of our hard work and us being able to line up our forfeits with Somerset’s forfeits, we were able to secure our first win.”
Demulling was obviously happy notching an MBC win but he was especially pleased with how his wrestlers worked as a team. “Special mention should go to three wrestlers, Kaleb Woodley, Isaac Campeau, and Nick Carlson,” he said. “Kaleb worked hard to make weight at 138 but Somerset had a forfeit there and we had one at 145, so we bumped him up. Sometimes the mental part of that is tough on kids. They are incredibly disciplined and work hard to make weight and then wrestle up anyway. Kaleb didn’t let that affect him and went out and picked up a pin. Campeau and Carlson were both impressive as well, but had to turn around and wrestle exhibition matches right after their first victories, both wrestling up weight classes. They both had the right mindset and went into their respective matches to win.”
Constant adjustments are required for athletes to be able to compete in the winter season in Wisconsin. Every match and every practice can bring about changes and adjustments.
“Proud of all our guys who continue to improve and have done a great job of focusing on what they can control,” Demulling summarized.