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Wrestling: Osakis edges Fosston-Bagley for Terry Teiken title

The Osakis wrestling team holds up its championship trophy from the Terry Teiken Tournament on Friday night. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Osakis junior 132 pounder Gage Zieske was named the Terry Teiken Tournament most outstanding wrestler on Friday. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

The Osakis wrestling team had everything working on Friday night as the Silverstreaks went to the 40th annual Terry Teiken Individual Tournament and came home with a team title, edging Fosston-Bagley by half a point.

Osakis had six wrestlers make the championship match of their weight bracket. Four of them won the championship, three of which were first-time tournament title winners in Gage Zieske, Darrin Stoetzel and Triston Stoetzel. Junior Colton Waldvogel also earned a championship at 160 pounds after winning a 20-4 tech fall in the semifinals and pinning his man in 5:12 in the title match.

Osakis' team championship came despite the squad filling just 10 of the 14 weight classes.

"It was exciting to see all 10 wrestlers earn team points that contributed to the win," Osakis head coach Joey Andreasen said. "Although wrestling is an individual sport on many levels, the team aspect makes it fun and exciting. The effort the guys put in for the team goal today was quite an accomplishment."

Zieske was named the tournament's most valuable wrestler as he continued his impressive season. The junior got a bye in his first round before winning a 26-9 technical fall in the semifinals and a 19-7 major decision in the championship over Fosston-Bagley's Alex Wolfe at 132 pounds.

Triston Stoetzel's title came at 138 pounds. He bookended his day with two impressive pins in 47 and 30 seconds in the opening and championship rounds, respectively. In between, he won a 7-4 decision against Daniel Wilson of DGF in the semifinals.

Darrin Stoetzel won both of his contested matches at 145 by major decision on his way to the championship. His first in the semifinals came by a 13-4 score before putting away his title match against Dacotah Coggins of DGF in a 20-7 final.

Logan Hartshorn at 152 and Dominic Strom at 170 also wrestled in the championship and took second. Hartshorn won a 14-8 decision in the semifinals after a first-round bye. He dropped a 7-2 decision to Spencer Sikkink of Fergus Falls in the finals.

Strom had an opening-round match that he won by fall in 2:55. That preluded a 12-4 major decision win in the semifinals before he fell in the title match by fall in 5:12.

Nathan Kulzer (113) and Jeran Baker (220) each added team points with fourth-place finishes. Kulzer won his quarterfinals match by fall in 1:57. He fell 9-0 in his next bout, but won a 20-4 tech fall in the consolation semifinals before dropping a close 7-5 decision in the third-place match.

Baker got a bye in the quarterfinals and grabbed his lone win of the day in the consolation semifinals by an 11-5 decision. That sent him to the third-place match, where he was pinned in 2:06 by Breckenridge's Gabe Diaz.

Stanley Niblett finished fifth at heavyweight for Osakis, and Isaac Mattson was sixth at 120 to round out the scoring. The lone contested win between the two came from Mattson as he won his quarterfinals match with a pin in 25 seconds to open his day.

TERRY TEIKEN INVITATIONAL

TEAM STANDINGS - Osakis - 154.5; Fosston-Bagley - 154; DGF - 140; United Clay Becker - 106; Fergus Falls - 69.5; Pelican Rapids - 63; Breckenridge - 57; Mahnomen-Waubun - 28

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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