News from June...2004


Stearns Takes 2nd at NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals
Osinski Finishes 8th

189 pounder, Branden Stearns dropped a heart breaking 9-7 overtime decision in the finals of the NHSCA Folikstyle Nationals tournament, on Wednesday to finish 2nd in the prestigious event. Stearns' loss in the NHSCA finals came at the hands of Illinois, Larry Short. Short wrestled for Proviso East High School and was an Illinois regional champ and state qulifier. Stearns had beaten his previous 3 opponents in the tournament by a combined 16-2 score, and had won 13 straight bouts since the opening round of AAU Folkstyle Nationals in April.

Donald Osinski finished 8th in the 135 pound, high school division. He suffered a tough 4-2 OT loss in his first consolation bout of the day, to Nathaniel Barton of Ohio. He then lost, 8-1 in the 7th/8th place wrestle-off to graduated Senior, Andrew Hall of Mifflinburg, PA. This is the 2nd year in a row Osinski has placed in the NHSCA tourney. It was his first year in the high school division.

North East had four place winners. The Langdon brothers (Jeff & Tony), both placed 5th, Andrew Kimmy was 5th and Josh Best took 6th. Two Iroquois little wrestlers also placed in the event. Dylan Simmer took 2nd and Devon Miller placed 4th.

** More detailed info to follow**


Stearns Makes NHSCA Finals - Osinski Makes Medal Rounds

Branden Stearns became the first McLane wrestler to make the NHSCA Nationals finals on Tuesday, when he defeated Jeremy Kenny from Illinois, 5-0 in the semi finals. Stearns won three straight matches in two days to make the chamionship round. Stearns is unbeaten since he lost his first bout at AAU Nationals in Detroit in April.

Don Osinski posted a 1-0 decision over Ritchie Clark from Solon, OH. on Tuesday to guarantee himself a second NHSCA medal. Osinski placed 3rd at last year's tourney. Osinski's 1-0 win was notable, since Clark was an Ohio state qualifier this past season.

Eric Zelina and Louie Decker both wrestled well, but were eliminated one match short of the medal rounds. Both wrestlers went 3-2 in the tournament.

Zelina won three straight before dropping back to back bouts on Monday and Tuesday. Decker lost his first bout on Sunday, then rattled off three straight victories. He needed one more win to make the medal rounds and took a 3-0 lead over his Eston, PA. opponent into the 2nd period. Decker lost by fall when his opponent stepped over him and caught him in a headlock.

Four North East wrestlers also made the medal rounds in the tournament. Stearns and Osinski will wrestle for their spots on the podium tomorrow.


Stearns Makes NHSCA Semi Final Round

McLane's Branden Stearns won his first two bouts in a 21 man bracket to make the semi final round at NHSCA Nationals, Monday in Virginia Beach, VA. Stearns bested a North Carolina state 3rd placer by a 7-2 score in his first bout and then shutout a Maryland opponent, 4-0.

Don Osinski won his first bout on Sunday when he topped a Solon, OH. wrestler by an 8-2 count. He followed that with a 5-4 win on Monday but then lost a heart breaker, 4-3 in the quarter finals.

Eric Zelina went 3-0 before he suffered a loss. He won two bouts on Sunday, pinning his first opponent and then winning by a 10-5 decision. Zelina won his 3rd bout by fall on Monday, but lost by fall in the quarter finals. Osinski and Zelina can both make the medal rounds by winning their next bout.

Louie Decker lost in the opening round, 8-1 on Sunday. Decker didn't wrestle on Monday. North East put two of their wrestlers into the semi finals on Monday.

** Complete results will be posted when the Coaches and wrestlers return from Virginia. **






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