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Wrestling: Osakis aims for big stride forward in 2022-23 season

Led by returning state qualifiers Reggie George and Jacob Taplin, the Osakis wrestling program is aiming to take a big step forward in the 2022-23 season.

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Osakis Reggie George works for a pin in a consolation match at the 2022 MSHSL State Championships on March 5, 2022. George, now a sophomore, went 39-10 in his freshman year and nearly earned a medal at the Class A state meet.
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Led by returning section champions Reggie George (106) and Jacob Taplin (120), the Osakis wrestling program is expecting to make a big jump in the 2022-23 season.

“We only lost two seniors from last year and we are a young team building in the right direction look for us to build on our 7-19 record from last year,” Osakis head coach Doug Johnson said. “Our goal by the end of the season is to be in the section final four.”

George went 39-10 in his freshman year and is listed at the No. 2 spot 106 pounds in the Class A rankings from The Guillotine. George went 2-2 at the Class A state meet last season.

Taplin went 36-8 in his sophomore year at 120 and is currently ranked No. 8 at 126 in Class A by The Guillotine. Taplin and George were named co-MVP at the end of the last season.

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Osakis sophomore Jacob Taplin attempts to turn Canby freshman Clayton Drietz in a match on Jan. 7, 2022. Taplin took first place in the 120 pound bracket at the Ogilvie Invite on Jan. 8, 2022. Taplin was a state qualifier as a sophomore and is aiming for more in his junior season.
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In addition to these two, Osakis returns junior Gaven Cimbura (27-20 at 145 last season) and senior Kale Drevlow (34-13 at 152 last season) who placed third at the Section 6A meet last season.

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Sophomore Kaleb Helberg (12-19 at 170 last season) and senior Tyson Hagedon (23-16 at 160 last season) will look to build on fourth place finishes at last year’s section meet. Connor Koep, an 8th-grader (8-10 at 220 last season) also placed fourth at the section meet and was named as the team’s most improved wrestler at the end of last season.

The Silverstreaks also return sophomore Simon Jacobson (8-28 at 113 last season), freshman Preston Kunkel (6-8 at 195 last season, placed sixth in the section) and sophomore Lucas Duchene (3-21 at 132 last season).

The Silverstreaks as a team have high hopes for the season.

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Osakis' Lukas Duchene, top, wrestles in a match earlier in the 2021-22 season. Duchene had a pin at 132 pounds at Ortonville on Feb. 10, 2022 to help the Silverstreaks sweep a triangular with wins over Ortonville and Wabasso. Duchene and company are seeking growth in the 2022-23 season.
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“We expect to be in the final four team section tournament,” Johnson said. “By the end of the season, we expect to have four or five wrestlers down at the state tournament.”

Johnson also said, “Blake Fisher and Christian Nathe are key young leaders on our team that we expect to have outstanding seasons.”

2022-23 Osakis Silverstreaks wrestling

HEAD COACH - Doug Johnson, 3rd season

ASSISTANT COACHES - Justin George and Zach Smith

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SCHEDULE (subject to change) -

Dec. 2 Melrose Invite, 2 p.m.
Dec. 9 at Ortonville Invite, TBD
Dec. 10 at Barnesville Invite
Dec. 13 Home Tri, 5 p.m.
Dec. 16 Home Tri, 5 p.m.
Dec. 20 Home Tri, 5 p.m.
Dec. 22 Minnewaska Quad, 5 p.m.
Jan. 3 Home Quad, 5 p.m.
Jan. 6 Home Invite, 4 p.m.
Jan. 7 Ogilvie Invite, 10 a.m.
Jan. 13 Lake Park-Audobon Invite
Jan. 17 Home Tri, 5 p.m.
Jan 21 at Park Center Invite
Jan 24 at LPGE Tri
Feb. 4 at Park Region Tournament
Feb. 9 at Benson Tri, 5 p.m.
Feb. 17 Team Section Tournament at WCA-A-B-E
Feb. 25 Individual Section Tournament at Wadena-Deer Creek

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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