DES MOINES | Osage’s wrestling team entered the state dual tournament Wednesday, Feb. 13 as the No. 3 seed; only West Delaware and Solon were ranked higher.
The latter defeated the Green Devils in the 2A semifinals, however, to send Osage to the third-place match against fifth-ranked Crestwood. Osage won that dual 37-33.
Osage defeated PCM 47-21 before Solon handed it a 48-22 loss with a trip to the championships on the line.
The Green Devils got off to an impressive start to begin their dual against PCM, as Averee Abben pinned Brian Nocholson. Ryan Adams and Brody Roll won the next two matches to give Osage a 14-0 lead. Spencer Adams, Jett Nehls and Keaton Muller also recorded pins later in the dual.
Osage was on the other side of a quick start, however, against Solon, as the Green Devils trailed 17-0 after the first three matches. Four Green Devils won their match against Solon: Zach Williams, Spencer Adams, Joe Jacobs and Joe Sullivan. The final three of those four won via pin.
Five of Osage's wrestlers qualified from the state wrestling tournament, which began Thursday, Feb. 14 and ended Saturday, Feb. 16.
Joe Sullivan finished sixth at 120 pounds, winning three consecutive matches after losing his first-round match.
126-pounder Averee Abben finished in eighth place. Like Sullivan, Abben won three matches in a row after losing his first Thursday.
Zach Williams entered the tournament as Class 2A's second-ranked 160-pounder, but he finished sixth after falling in the fifth-place match. Williams won his first two matches of the tournament, but he fell in the semifinals.
Spencer Mooberry also placed sixth at 170 pounds.
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