Dragon wrestlers grapple a full plate of dual meets last week
By Sean Scallon
OSSEO - Despite having just seven healthy wrestlers in their line-up decimated by injury and illness, the Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek Tri-County Area prep wrestling co-op team still made a competitive effort last week wrestling in seven dual meets and getting a win as well to set their overall season record to 3-13.
"We were very pleased with how well we wrestled overall throughout," OFAFC head coach Dan Schulte said. "Obviously being shorthanded due to injuries and sickness made things difficult for the team to win the duals."
The Dragons wrestled in a quadrangular meet Thursday, Jan. 6 at Altoona hosted by the Eau Claire Regis/Altoona co-op which featured Western Cloverbelt teams. OFAFC finished fourth, going 0-3 in the meet after losing 63-12 to the host team, 52-18 to Cadott and 36-33 to Stanley-Boyd. Winners vs S-B were Cayden Guntner, Bryce Armstrong-Baglien, Breanna Wier, Hunter Breaker and Isaiah Waggoner. Winners vs Cadott
were Armstrong-Baglien, Guntner and Waggoner while winning against Regis/Altoona were Breaker and Guntner.
Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek hosted their annual Dragon Duals Invitational meet this past weekend, Saturday, Jan. 8 at Osseo-Fairchild Middle/High School. The Dragons came away with a 35-30 win despite their lack of numbers, getting pins from Wier at 152 in :30 seconds, Breaker at 160 in 2:57, Waggoner at heavyweight in 2:33, and Sullivan Haskins at 138 in :45 seconds to secure the team win. Cayden Gunter got a pinfall at 1:55 at 106 and Bryce Armstrong-Baglien won his 113 match by technical fall 16-1.
Wier defeated another female wrestler, Ava Gilberg, of Black River Falls. Coach Schulte believes Wier will do very well in the upcoming state girls' tournament.
"We are excited for her opportunity to compete at a high level," Schulte said. "Just looking at the rankings, Breanna has already pinned the No. 3 ranked girl in her weight class. The girl that is currently ranked number is a very accomplished wrestler from Antigo, Alexandra Hofricter."
The Dragons lost close duals last weekend, 36-30 to Independence/Gilmanton, 30-24 to Mondovi (who've they've already beaten this season) and 42-24 to Arcadia, who won the meet with a 3-1 record, winning a tiebreaker with Indy/Gilmanton with BRF going 2-2 and Mondovi and the Dragons 1-3. Winners vs Mondovi were Breaker by Fall, Waggoner by Fall, Guntner by forfeit and Armstrong-Baglien by Fall. Winners vs. Independence/Gilmanton: Guntner by forfeit, Armstrong-Baglien by forfeit, Waggoner by Fall, Breaker by Fall and Wier by Fall. Winners vs. Arcadia: Dustin Sudbrink by forfeit, Hunter Breaker by Fall Isaiah Waggoner by Fall and Cayden Guntner by forfeit
"As a coaching staff, we feel we had a chance to win the tournament if we would of had our whole team." Schulte said.
Hunter Breaker had four pins Saturday as did Isaiah Waggoner (4 pins)and Wier had two pins. Breaker was listed as honorable mention at 170 pounds in the Division 2 state rankings.
"We are always excited to watch our wrestlers compete, and always emphasize gratitude of having the opportunity to wrestle and compete every time we go out onto the mat," Schulte said. "We know the season only has a few weeks left, so we are definitely working to get better for the end of year tournaments."
Next up for the Dragons, Thursday January 13 in Spencer for a quad meet with Auburndale, Abbotsford/Colby, and Spencer/Marshfield Columbus.