Hagen, Johnson off to strong starts for Osakis
The Osakis wrestling team figures to have its best chance in recent history of winning a Section 5A title this season. This is partially due to powerhouse teams like Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City losing numbers to graduation, but an experienced roste...
The Osakis wrestling team figures to have its best chance in recent history of winning a Section 5A title this season.
This is partially due to powerhouse teams like Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City losing numbers to graduation, but an experienced roster for the Silverstreaks has also factored into the confidence.
One Silverstreak veteran wrestler who is off to a fast start is 195-pounder Nils Hagen. He finally lost his first match of the year Thursday when he squared off with the sixth-ranked 182 pound wrestler in Class AAA. Coon Rapids’ Michael Bothwell defeated Hagen 15-10, but he still managed to stay competitive in the match.
“He’s had a great year,” head coach Joey Andreasen said about Hagen. “He finished fourth in the section at a pretty tough weight class. We’re expecting him to hopefully advance to the state tournament this year. We have high hopes for him.”
Hagen has already picked up two tournament championships at Melrose and Shakopee this season. Those victories have helped him gain a ninth seed in the Guillotine’s most recent Class A rankings at the 195-pound weight class.
Hagen has confidence that he can advance out of the section to the individual state tournament.
“I do, definitely,” Hagen said. “All three of the guys who beat me graduated, and the section looks pretty good for me.”
JOHNSON ENJOYING VARSITY SPOT
Seth Johnson spent a majority of last season on the junior varsity team while his sister, Devyn, held the spot on varsity.
With Devyn now graduated, Johnson has grabbed the 106 pound spot full time for the Silverstreaks.
“It feels pretty good to be on varsity and part of the team,” Johnson said.
Johnson filled in for his sister in the section tournament last season, finishing one spot away from state qualification in third place. The sophomore has won a majority of his matches this year, which he said gives him confidence in his chances to finish high at the section tournament.
“It’s my first year, so I’m not too sure who all is good and who all beat me,” Johnson said. “But I feel I have a fairly good chance.”
Andreasen agreed that the first-year varsity wrestler has the experience to succeed at the section tournament. Last year, Johnson went undefeated in the junior varsity schedule. He has received state recognition, including an eighth place ranking in the Guillotine’s December 12 polls.
Andreasen said the section’s 106-pound weight class has a number of competitive wrestlers, so Johnson will need to wrestle well to finish on top.
“He has a legitimate chance of placing in the top two in that section tournament,” Andreasen said. “There are three or four good wrestlers in there, and on a given day I think he could win that tournament or on a bad day take third or fourth.”
Johnson was one of a handful of wrestlers who won both of their matches Thursday as Osakis lost dual meets to Coon Rapids 46-21 and LPGE-Browerville 35-26.
Johnson pinned Coon Rapids’ Aaron Caswell and picked up a major decision over LPGE’s Gabe Pesta.
Darrin Stoetzel pinned both of his opponents, and Mitch Sunder won a 3-1 overtime match against the Cardinals’ Tim Mandyck and won by forfeit in the LPGE match.