Griffin Nation has a busy two weeks of postseason tournaments to wrap up their season.
Nick Osbourne ’23 was a busy man for the last two weeks of the wrestling season. First he had the DISC Championship. The team was hopeful to have a few wrestlers finish on the medal stand. Miguel Borja ’23 and Dylan Dodds ’23 both had great matches, overall a great meet, and represented the Saints well but just missed the podium finishing 4th overall in their weight classes. Ibrahim Kazi ’23 came focused and impressed his coaches and teammates and was an individual DISC Champion. Next up was Nick Osbourne ’23. Nick was not only looking to take 1st place but continue to remain undefeated on the season. He executed his technique perfectly and walked out with 1st place.
Osbourne moved onto the Independent Wrestling Conference Championship. He got out to a great start, pinning his first opponent on the first day. He then pinned his opponent from First State Military Academy and won his match 4-0 to have the chance to return for the second day of the tournament. In his first match, the second day, Osbourne pinned his first opponent and moved on to face the number two wrestler in the state from Salesianum School. He fought hard as the underdog and had his opponents on the ropes with two minutes left and was up 6-0. His opponent was able to respond and force overtime and eventually won 9-7 defeating Osbourne. Osbourne rallied to win the 5th place match. While not the final result Osbourne had set out for himself, he impressed many of his competitors and their coaches, receiving high praise for his impressive performance. Coach Davis had these words about Osbourne’s performance, “He never quit even when facing long odds, or when points behind in a match. He kept fighting and his true warrior spirit prevailed in the end. He never complains, always has a jovial personality, sets a good example for the younger wrestlers, and, most importantly, is always humble. He shows us all the true meaning of Griffin Up.”
Osbourne secured the 11th seed at this year's DIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the 152lb weight class. Unfortunately his opponent in the first round found the upper hand early and defeated Nick. While not the result he was hoping for, it was great to have him represent St. Andrew’s in the DIAA tournament and plans to use it as a learning experience for next year’s tournament.