Osage will send seven wrestlers to districts — Averee Abben (106), Joe Sullivan (113), Joe Jacobs (120), Brody Roll (132), Spencer Mooberry (152), Zach Williams (160) and Colin Muller (170). Sullivan, Jacobs, Roll, Williams and Williams each won titles.
“I’m OK with it,” Osage coach Brent Jennings said of the Green Devils’ day. “We didn’t wrestle our best at some weights, but some kids looked pretty good. A lot of flu bug going around in the last couple weeks and we’ve been hit by it, but I’m just glad I’ve got everybody here wrestling.
“It’s been a challenging couple weeks just to try to keep kids healthy and keep them in the room.”
The standout performer for the Green Devils continues to be Williams. The 160-pound sophomore added another milestone to his career Saturday after winning a conference title last week, and next week, he’ll try for his second straight trip to state.
On Saturday, he pinned Clear Lake’s Ben Finn in 5 minutes, 27 seconds to secure his sectional title.
“He’s only got one loss at 160 right now and that was to a Minnesota kid who was a national Fargo runner-up last year,” Jennings said. “For a sophomore to have the mindset that he has, he’s been outstanding. He’s very coachable, fun to coach, does what he tells him to do and it makes a difference.”
Williams is more excited about the growth of the Green Devils, though.
“I think it’s huge for us getting back because we’ve been down the past couple of years, so I think it’s huge getting back up to where Osage has been,” he said.
Maybe the best story, though, for the Green Devils is Colin Muller.
He started the year as the backup at 152 pounds, but he put in the work to make himself a solid 170-pounder, and he was rewarded Saturday with a sectional title.
Up next is the district tournament at Aplington-Parkersburg next Saturday.
“It’s going to be a tough district, but I still think we can get most of our kids through, if not all. I think we have a good shot,” Jennings said.