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Wrestling: Osakis can't quite hold on against 17-3 WCA

West Central Area's Hunter Fick (left) and Osakis' Peter Hagen wrestle at the 220-pound weight class during Friday night's dual. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The West Central Area wrestling team needed every win it got tonight in a tight match with Osakis that ended with the Knights winning at heavyweight to complete the 32-30 win.

Osakis led by one going into that final match after Peter Hagen rallied in the third period to win 3-1 over Hunter Fick at 220 pounds. That set the stage for a winner-takes all heavyweight match between Mitch Sunder and Buzz Miller. Sunder tried to rally with a three-point third period, but it wasn’t quite enough as Miller secured the Park Region Conference victory for his team.

The Knights’ biggest lead came after a couple forfeits by Osakis at the 152 and 160 pound weight classes and a win at 170 by Blake Amundson that gave WCA a 29-15 advantage. Osakis rallied from there, getting a pin by Nils Hagen in 1:28 at 182 pounds. The Knights then elected to give Osakis’ Tyler Spanswick the forfeit win at 195 and have Fick wrestle Hagen at 220.

“Yeah, I was pretty disappointed,” Spanswick, who is 10-0 with eight pins and two forfeit wins since returning a few weeks ago from a broken leg he suffered in football, said. “I was waiting for him. Coaches talked to me and told me I was going to wrestle him so I was waiting for it.”

Fick is one of the strongest wrestlers in the state, but Spanswick would have had the advantage in quickness on him had the Knights elected to wrestle at 195.

“I think maybe they were a little intimidated by Tyler and his athleticism,” Osakis head coach Joey Andreasen said. “I don’t know if Tyler is any better than Peter and Mitch, so it was kind of a gamble on their part, and we ended up winning two of those last three matches. We knew coming into this we needed to win all three.”

Andreasen said 138 pounds was another weight class that Osakis needed a win in if it was going to come out with a team victory. That didn’t quite happen as Jake Larkin edged Ryan Engfer in overtime by a 3-1 score.

“Those last three and 138 were the four matches,” Andreasen said. “We knew we had to win at least three out of the four to beat them, and we only won two out of the four and that [two-point loss] is the result.”

Other wins for Osakis came early in the match. Trenton Coyer won 8-5 at 120 pounds before his brother, Brendon Coyer, took care of business with a pin in 2:52 at 126 pounds. Colton Waldvogel then followed that up with a pin in just 22 seconds at 132.

The Knights regrouped after that, getting wins from Jake Larkin at 138 and Kyle Mickelsen at 145 before the two forfeit wins gave them the lead back.

Osakis didn’t win the team match but the Silverstreaks showed the kind of improvement they have made this year by almost edging a WCA team that is now 17-3 on the season.

“This West Central team tonight, they have an opportunity to maybe make the state tournament from their section,” Andreasen said. “The Barnesville team is kind of injured right now, so that’s a good team and we wrestle Paynesville on Monday, which is a huge section match for us.”

It was the final tune-up for both of these teams before Osakis hosts the Park Region Conference tournament tomorrow, Saturday. Wrestling is set to start at 10 a.m.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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