It wasn’t as good a finish that Osceola Chieftain wrestling coach Nate Demulling had hoped for but a fourth place finish in the Middle Border conference tournament is nothing to be ashamed of. Ellsworth again took the top spot among the eight MBC schools finishing with 238.5 team points nearly 50 points ahead of runner-up Baldwin-Woodville.
“We placed fourth overall as team,” Osceola coach Nate Demulling said. “Considering how the day started that was an improvement. At one point we were in sixth or seventh place after some poor performances and bad breaks but our guys bounced back from those setbacks finished strong. We have the ability to perform better and will look to do so at the Regional tournament in Somerset this week.”
Osceola had two individual champions with junior Thomas Oswald placing first at 113 pounds and Nick Carlson doing the same at 195 pounds. Oswald received a bye in his first match of the day and followed that up with a pin over Corey Poellinger of Ellsworth in the semi-final match. Oswald claimed the top spot with a 14-8 win over Tyler Fink of Baldwin-Woodville.
Carlson won his first match with a fall over St. Croix Central’s Zavier Sentinella. Carlson then won his semi-final matchup against Ian Matzek of Ellsworth by a score of 3-0.
He capped off his first place performance with an 11-10 win over Kale Hopke of Amery in perhaps the most exciting match of the championship round.
“This year’s championship win is especially sweet because I have lost three close matches to this opponent this year,” Carlson said. “It was awesome to see the support from my team and our fans during my match.”
“Being a conference champion in the MBC is tough and doing it two times is quite an accomplishment,” Demulling said. “Oswald dominated his BW opponent in the finals and was in complete control the entire match. Nick faced off against an opponent he has lost to three times this season. It was an exciting, nail biting match. Both wrestlers maneuvered for position in the first period. Nick was able to capitalize on a misstep from (Amery’s) Hopke and took him down to his back, earning near-fall to gain a solid lead. In the second period that lead became slim as Nick was dinged with stalling calls giving his opponent two points. The third period was just as intense and ended with Hopke almost scoring a takedown to go ahead just as the buzzer rang. Nick however has tremendous balance and mat awareness and was able to defend against that. Simply put, he wrestled a great match.”
Osceola added three third place finishes to their team totals with Drew Willeman (126) capturing his third place match with a 6-5 decision over Jack Voelker of Ellsworth. Jacob Sedivy (138) placed third with a pin over Hunter Gartman of Baldwin-Woodville. Logan Johnson (160) was Osceola’s other third place finisher. He finished his day with a pin of Eli Rohl of Ellsworth.
“Jacob Sedivy also had an impressive performance, earning third place,” Demulling said. “He lost early, but bounced back with two pins and wrestled his best matches of the season. One was against Amery’s Mason Tylee, who had beaten him earlier in the season. Jacob was able to take him down three times in the first period and then secured a pin in the second. Tylee is a state ranked wrestler and qualified for the State tournament last season.”
Lucas Sedivy (120) and Tyler Johnson (220) both finished in fourth place for Osceola who will now quickly turn their attention to the Regional meet that will be held in Somerset this Saturday.