Fueled by a strong performance by sophomore Jacob Taplin (126), Osakis wrestling finished tied for fourth with Ogilvie out of the eight teams in the 41st Ogilvie Lion Invitational Saturday.
In addition to Taplin’s title win, the Silverstreaks put two other wrestlers in the finals and had strong performances from underclassmen.
Taplin got his way into the finals with an opening round bye and a pin in the semifinals against Glencoe-Lester Prairie (GLP) 7th-grader Jackson Wischnack (4:56) to face somebody who he had just beaten the night before, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) junior Noah Jacobson.
Taplin defeated Jacobson by major decision, 9-1 on Friday, but Jacobson made this finals match closer than that, losing to Taplin by a 6-4 score.
Two other Silverstreaks made it to the finals in freshman Reggie George (106) and Kale Drevlow (152).
Like Taplin, George had an opening round bye, then a dominant victory (a major decision over Ogilvie sophomore Beau Hudoba 12-3) before facing a KMS wrestler. George got pinned by No. 1 Trey Gunderson in 46 seconds on Friday, but he took Gunderson to the third period before getting pinned midway through the period.
For Drevlow, he pinned GLP sophomore Connor Meyer with just 15 seconds in the second period of their opening round bout before defeating KMS senior Ely Johnson. Drevlow took second after losing by 14-4 major decision against GLP senior Carter Ruschmeier.
Following a win via an open weight and two losses on Friday, freshman Kaleb Helberg bounced back strong with a third place finish at 182.
Helberg earned a 3-1 record on Saturday with all three wins being pins, including a pin in 44 seconds in the third-place match against GLP junior Dane Petersen. His only loss came against GLP freshman Jack Cacka who took first in the bracket.
Also finishing in third place in their bracket, sophomore Gaven Cimbura started his day off with a pin over GLP junior Dawson Varpness (3:28) before falling to Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena sophomore Carter Pater (fall 2:24). Cimbura finished strong with a 3-0 win over GLP freshman Mason Schilling in the consolation rounds and a 2-0 victory over Varpness in the third place match.
Rounding out the results for the Silverstreaks, 8th grader Simon Jacobson (113) finished fourth, 8th grader Christian Nathe (126) finished fourth, freshman Lukas Duchene (132) finished sixth, senior Carsten Jacobson (160) finished fourth, and junior Tyson Hagedon (182) finished fourth.
The Silverstreaks scored 132 team points in the tournament.
Osakis is back on the mat on Thursday in a triangular at Wheaton High School, beginning at 5 p.m.