The Osceola Chieftain wrestling team had one last opportunity to prepare for tournaments and they did so by competing in a quadrangular meet in Durand. Osceola has been wrestling shorthanded all season due to a thin roster and some injuries, and the meet in Durand had much the same theme.
“Overall, I was very pleased with how our boys wrestled,” Osceola Coach Nate Demulling said. “We only fielded nine varsity wrestlers and spotted the other teams points in every match. No (Jacob or Lucas) Sedivy or (Thomas) Oswald this week but we won the majority of matches actually wrestled which is good going into the Regional this week at Baldwin.”
Osceola competed against a Middle Border conference foe, the Prescott Cardinals, and defeated them by a narrow 27-25 score. The other two matches were almost as close with the Chieftains coming up a little short in both contests. Glenwood City defeated OHS 40-34 and Durand had the upper hand on the Chieftains 39-36.
In the match with Prescott, Osceola gained team points with a win by fall by Kaleb Woodley (138 pounds) and a 6-2 decision by Addison Uddin (145). The Chieftains Errol Hansen (182), Nick Carlson (195) and Tyler Johnson (285) all received forfeits.
Osceola accumulated 34 team points against Glenwood City but came up six points short to the Hilltoppers. Uddin, Carlson, Johnson, Tanner Viebrock (160) and Isaac Campeau (170) all recorded pins against Glenwood City with Uddin defeating his opponent in lightning quick fashion with a fall in 10 seconds. Hansen picked up the other four team points for the Chieftains with a 12-1 major decision.
Uddin’s pin in 10 seconds ties for fourth place for the fastest pin in school history. The record is seven seconds held by Derek Ligget. Thor Reimer has the second and third fastest pins as he recorded wins by fall in eight and nine seconds. Uddin’s 10 second pin ties Trent Johnson and Nick Carlson’s time. Carlson recorded his historic pin last season.
“The only thing going through my head before the match was that I had to go out there and dominate my opponent, and to show him no mercy,” Uddin said about his quick-strike pin. “As soon as the whistle blew I was able to get a really quick shot that ended up putting my opponent onto his back. I ended up pinning him in under 15 seconds. After the match I was super excited because that was the fastest I have ever pinned anybody.”
Osceola suffered a three point loss to Durand in a match that certainly could have gone either way. The Chieftains recorded pins by Campeau, Hansen and Carlson and received forfeits to Grant Gronquist (152), Viebrock and Johnson.
Despite the small squad in Durand Demulling was encouraged by the results and was happy with those that were able to compete.
“Nick Carlson continued to wrestle well and looks sharp,” Demulling noted. “Tyler Johnson was back in the line-up as well and it was good to see him have an impact right away. Isaac Campeau picked up a couple of wins and wrestled hard. There’s an individual who always gives his supreme effort. Win or lose, the expectation is that you give your supreme effort. Campeau does that in matches and in the wrestling room.”