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BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:15 p.m. Osakis vs. SJP, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Sebeka, 7:30 p.m. Ashby at Pelican Rapids, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Detroit Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m.
The Osakis wrestling team ran into a buzz saw in the form of Ottertail Central on Tuesday night as the Bulldogs (11-3) won a 51-10 contest. The Silverstreaks' only wins came from their usual suspects in Gage Zieske and Colton Waldvogel. Zieske won by tech fall (25-10, 3:23) against Reed Leabo at 138 pounds. Waldvogel won his match by tech fall (16-1, 4:31) at 170 pounds. The Bulldogs controlled things around those two matches. They used five forfeit wins to pad their lead and added pins from Hayden Hart, Jace Leabo and Wyatt Thorson to help run away with the victory.
The Osakis girls basketball team is trending in the right direction after the third win in its last four games on Tuesday night. Osakis knocked off an 8-5 Swanville team by a 50-40 final as the Silverstreaks (4-8) held the Bulldogs to just 27.3 percent shooting (12-44).
The Osakis boys basketball team overcame a slow start on Tuesday night to knock off Bertha-Hewitt after a big second half. The Bears (4-7) led by one at the break after limiting the Silverstreaks (8-5) to 22 points. Osakis took over after that and put up 43 points to secure the 65-57 win. "It was a very physical, scrappy game tonight, but we survived and came out with a win," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "Bertha played with a lot of energy, and we had issues guarding the post and keeping them off the offensive glass."
Osakis' Daniel Savageau dished the ball off to a teammate midway through the first half on Saturday and ran off a screen. He worked his way to the left corner before getting the ball back. Brandon-Evansville was a step late getting out to him. A quick flick of the wrist gave the sophomore guard his second of three triples in the first half. It's a sight opponents have become all too familiar with.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville at Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Bertha-Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Ortonville, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Breckenridge, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Underwood, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 7:15 p.m.
The Osakis wrestling team hosted its home dual tournament on Friday night and could not get a win but came away with some positive finishes. "Nate Kulzer, Gage Zieske, Colton Waldvogel, and Jaren Baker all went 3-0 on Friday night," head coach Joey Andreasen said. "Nate and Jaren both wrestled some of their best matches of the year and are hitting their stride at the midpoint of the season. As a team, we were not able to win a dual, but we are seeing progress every time we go out with our younger wrestlers."
Osakis boys basketball coach Matt Hoelscher has said at times this season that his team can fall in love with the three-point shot a little too much sometimes. On Saturday, that three-point shot loved them back. Osakis shot 64-percent from three (11-of-17) and 61 percent overall (26-42). That added up to an easy 74-46 win over Brandon-Evansville.
The Osakis wrestling team fell behind early on Thursday and never could recover despite a late push in a 39-28 loss at Royalton-Upsala. The Royals (5-4) won five of their first six matches to build up a 27-3 lead. Gage Zieske ended that run with a major decision win (9-1) at 145 pounds. That started a nice stretch for Osakis.
The Osakis boys basketball team went back and forth with Sauk Centre on Thursday night, but the Mainstreeters held on in a 67-63 final on their home court. "It was a fun game to be a part of as we had a lot of situations down the stretch that are tough to simulate in practice," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "As a coach, it becomes a chess match as you try to find the play, sub the right guys, and hope the other team makes a mistake, and we capitalize on it."