Osseo wrestling team starts era under new coach
The Osseo wrestling team opened their 2015-16 season by placing eighth of 12 teams with 94 points at the Ken Droegemueller Osseo Tournament Saturday, Nov. 28.
The tournament was the head coaching debut of new Oriole coach David Ahmed, who took over as Osseo’s 12th head wrestling coach. Ahmed is a native of Conrad, Mont., where he was a standout wrestler.
“As a team we earned numerous state championships, and my best individual finish was second place at state,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed came to Minnesota to wrestle at Concordia College in Moorhead. He has eight years of experience as an assistant coach at Great Falls, Mont, and Elk River the past three seasons.
“I was attracted to OHS for the opportunity to coach wrestling at a large high school with a strong wrestling tradition,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed is assisted by Scott Lewison (fifth season) and Kenny Green (first season), also an OHS assistant coach in cross country and track.
In Ahmed’s first meet at Osseo, the Orioles wrestled short-handed because they were missing four varsity weight classes with some projected starters not yet ready for the early season event. Scott West ran away with the team title with 228 points, followed by runner-up Mounds View (164) and third place Minnetonka (136). The first OHS Wrestling team was assembled by coach Lloyd Belford in November of 1956, making this the program’s 60th season.
Osseo wrestlers placed top four in six weight classes, although none earned individual varsity titles.
“Everyone wrestled very tough and it was great to see our guys compete from the start of each match to the final whistle,” said Ahmed.
Junior Nick Carline turned in Osseo’s top finish with a silver-medalist effort at 126. Carline, a returning state entrant and sixth in the state pre-season ratings, advanced to the title round with a fall over Blaine and a major decision over Mounds View, before dropping a 10-7 decision in state tournament quality match to Scott West’s third rated (2A) Jackson Stauffacher.
Three Orioles earned bronze medalist honors including: sophomore Elan Quezada at132, junior Mitchell Lewison at 138 and freshman Taylor Meissner at 170.
Lewison defeated returning state entrant Rylee Habisch of Buffalo in his third place final of a loaded weight class, also featuring a 2015 state place-winner. Quezada’s only loss was by one point to the eventual champion in a senior dominated division, with Meissner also turning in strong effort against veteran competition. Earning fourth place finishes were: sophomore Adam Lanners (160) and senior Julio Cebellos (220).
Returning varsity letter-winners for Osseo this year are: Carline (junior co-captain, all-conference, state qualifier, two time section medalist; Lewison (junior co-captain, all-conference, three-time section medalist; Scott Christopher (junior, section team; Adam Lanners (sophomore all-conference, three-time section medalist; Dominic Smith (sophomore, section team; Elan Quezada (sophomore all-conference, section bronze medalist; Ethan Quezada (sophomore all-conference honorable mention, section team; Jack Cornell (freshman, section team; Taylor Meissner (freshman section team) and senior Julio Ceballos.
Ahmed’s said the Orioles face a tough schedule but plans for the team to compete hard and for several individuals to seek state qualifications.
“We know our section is very tough with the addition of STMA, so as a team, making the section finals would be a great accomplishment,” he said. “Individually we have Nicholas Carline and would like to qualify at least a couple more in addition.”
The Orioles opened their dual meet season Friday, Dec. 4 at Anoka, where they lost to Rochester John Marshall, No. 4 Anoka and Buffalo. Senior Julio Ceballos (220) and sophomore Adam Lanners (160) each won two of three matches, with freshman Taylor Meissner running the table, with three wins at 170 to highlight the Osseo effort.
The team is looking forward to being ready to go this Friday night for the annual battle for the “Droegemeuller Cup” as they host cross town rival Maple Grove. The meet is in honor of Osseo coaching legend Ken Droegemueller.
“The boys all wrestled with grit and stepped into spots to support the team in a section battle with Buffalo,” said Ahmed. “As we look toward this weeks rivalry with Maple Grove, we will work on taking advantage of bonus point opportunities and filling our line-up where injuries have occurred.”