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Osakis drops three duals against top notch competition

Osakis had some tough competition Friday, which it couldn't beat, but still put up a good fight

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Osakis sophomore Gaven Cimbura tries to work for an escape or a reversal against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg freshman Jett Olson on Jan. 7, 2022. Olson beat Cimbura by a 5-2 decision Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

The Osakis wrestling team played host to some top talent Friday as Class A’s third-ranked Kimball Area was in town, as well as some other good squads, to take part in the Osakis duals.

The Silverstreaks largest margin of defeat came in its first dual, against Kimball Area, 55-13.

Despite the big loss against one of the best teams in Class A to begin the night, the Silverstreaks margin of defeat was closer in the final two duals against Canby and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS).

“They wrestled really hard. I mean, that’s all we ever asked for them is that they wrestle hard and just give me effort,” head coach Doug Johnson said. “I see effort every day from these boys and if you watch you’ll see it too.”

To start the night, freshman Reggie George (106), got the Silverstreaks on the board with a pin of junior Conner Carlson of Kimball Area in the second period.

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From there, George faced the toughest tests he’s maybe had all year. In the second dual of the night, George squared up against No. 4 Eli Greenman, a freshman from Canby, who beat George via a 5-2 decision.

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Osakis freshman Reggie George tries to escape the grasp of Canby freshman Eli Greenman in a dual on Jan. 7, 2022. Greenman defeated George by a 5-2 decision. Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

To round out the night he saw the top-ranked wrestler in the state at Class A, KMS 8th-grader Trey Gunderson. Gunderson attacked early, which led to him pinning George in 46 seconds.

For George, who has a 17-4 record so far this season and is ranked 7th at 106 pounds, Friday’s duals may serve as a preview of what kind of competition he’ll have to find in qualifying for the state tournament and potentially at the state tournament, should he make it.

“Yeah, he’s gonna be really good,” Osakis assistant coach Justin George said. “I expect great things out of the season for Reggie.”

Johnson says he expects Reggie to make the state tournament.

Jacob Taplin (No. 7 at 120) wrestled at 126 for the second outing in a row and went 3-0 on Friday with a 18-4 major decision win over Kimball sophomore Willam Serbus, a pin at the 2:52 mark of the second period over Canby freshman Clayton Drietz, and a 9-1 major decision over KMS junior Noah Johnson.

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Taplin’s record currently sits at 15-4 and he’s won his last seven out of eight matches.

After losing to Kimball Area by 42 points, Osakis cut their margin of defeat in half in the next two duals and had a shot of winning one of them late.

With just four weight classes to go against KMS, Osakis had a 25-24 lead.

But with a loss via decision at 182, forfeits at 195 and 285, as well as a pin at 220, KMS scored the final 21 points of the dual to win it 45-25, giving Osakis a 1-10 record on the season.

In the Canby and KMS duals, Osakis was on the losing end of 50/50 matches.

“I feel like it’s that way with every dual that we wrestle,” Johnson said. “We’re right there with them.”

Reggie George’s and senior Hunter Sell’s (138) loss in the Canby dual are an example of that, as the difference maker in George’s match was who got the third period takedown, while Sell got pinned in the third period as he held an 11-1 lead.

On a positive note, senior Carsten Jacobson crossed the 50th career win threshold with a 5-2 win over Canby freshman Sawyer Verhelst at 160 pounds.

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Osakis senior Carsten Jacobson attempts to get a takedown on Canby freshman Sawyer Verhelst on Jan. 7, 2022. Jacobson defeated Verhelst by a 5-2 decision which gave him his 50th career victory. Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

Jacobson, along with Sell, are the two seniors on this Osakis squad.

“He’s a quiet leader, you can’t see it but he’s the one helping get stuff set up…the kids look up to him and they respect him,” Justin George said when asked about Jacobson crossing the 50 career win threshold.

Earlier in the season, Jacobson surpassed another milestone by pinning his 25th opponent in his career. Jacobson’s record currently sits at 8-8.

Junior Kale Drevlow (152) continued to build on his successful season by winning two out of his three matches Friday. He began his evening with a 6-0 decision over Kimball junior Logan Kuseske before losing via pin (3:46) to Canby junior Lincoln Fink, and pinning KMS junior Luke Froehlich (2:42). Drevlow has a 15-4 record after Friday.

Osakis returns to the mat on Saturday for the 41st Ogilvie Lion Invitational that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“We had some tough losses (Friday), close ones, you know, the kids never give up,” Justin George said. “Over the years that I’ve been here, no one ever gives up, they wrestle hard. They’ve had tough days. It’s a part of the nature of the sport. But you can bounce back from it and grow from it and you learn from those experiences, wins and losses.”

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