By Michael Smith
The Fort Osage wrestling team was in need of a rebound performance after dropping several close matches in a 43-33 loss to Park Hill South last Monday, head coach Brandon Wackerman said.
The Indians got just that in Wednesday’s home dual against Oak Park as they won eight out of 13 contested matches to take a 43-25 victory.
“We certainly didn’t leave this gym two nights ago feeling like we wrestled our best,” Wackerman said. “Tonight, things weren’t perfect. We had times where we had 50-50 scrambles that can go either way. This was a little bit more of a team effort. We wrestled with more confidence and more focus than we did the other night.”
One of those wrestlers who bounced back was 145-pounder Jesse Newton, who rebounded from a loss to South’s Gage Baska. He was winning 13-3 Wednesday before his opponent, Alex Brauderick broke his arm and had to forfeit the match.