Griffin Osing has overcame adversity on the wrestling mat before. A 2014 graduate of Albia High School, Osing was a three-time state qualifier and a two-time medalist, placing fifth and third, but now wrestles for Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. Last Saturday while competing in the NCAA Super Regional V in Moorhead, Minn., Osing would once again have to overcome some adversity to keep his college wrestling career alive.
In the opening round, the 184 pound senior would receive a bye, which would set up a quarterfinals matchup with James Lehman of Wisconsin-Parkside. The match simply didn’t go Osing’s way, losing by fall in 3:16 to quickly send him to the consolation side of the bracket. From there, it would be an extremely long day to keep his hopes alive of qualifying for the national tournament. Osing would have to string four wins in a row to stay alive.
He did just that.
Wrestling in the second round of consolations, Osing quickly dispatched of Lance Jarret of the University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.) by fall in 1:00. He went on to pull off a season-saving, sudden victory overtime win over Keegan Berry of Minot State 3-1. From there, Osing advanced on to the third place match following a medical forfeit by Trevor Turriff from Minnesota State in the third round of consolations. That would set up a win or go home match against a very familiar foe, James Lehman, the opponent who pinned him earlier in the day.
This time things would be much different.
In one of the most exciting matches of the day, the two wrestlers fought to a 1-1 score at the end of regulation. From there, Osing shot in on a deep sweep single which forced Lehman to try to scramble out. Osing wrestled through the position, not only securing the two point takedown, but also collecting four near-fall points, nearly pinning Lehman. The 7-1 sudden victory win would be exactly what Osing needed to punch his ticket to the Division II National Tournament to be held in Cleveland, Ohio March 8-9.
“He pinned me earlier in the day,” Osing said. “It was a fluke. I wasn’t going to let it happen again. My whole objective was to weather the storm and find my offense. I usually hit a high-crotch as my go to move, but that sweep single was open and I think I caught him off guard. He tried to roll out of it and I caught him on his back. It was a great ending to punch my ticket to Nationals.”
“It wasn’t really that surprising to me that Griffin was able to pull it off,” stated Albia Coach Dave Wenger. “If you remember, he pretty much did the same thing at the state tournament his senior year following a really tough semifinals loss. He simply got his head screwed on straight and went out there and got the next best thing. He knows how to overcome adversity. He did that again Saturday. I couldn’t be more proud of him, but I’m especially happy for the Osing family, who have put their heart and soul into wrestling over the years. It’s a justified reward for them all.”
Osing is the son of Doug and Lynne Osing of rural Albia.
184 pound bracket
Champ. Round 1 - Griffin Osing (Southwest Minn. St.) 19-9 received a bye; Quarterfinal - James Lehman (Wis.-Parkside ) 23-8 won by fall over Osing in 3:16; Cons. Round 2 - Osing won by fall over Lance Jarrett (Mary) 14-15 in 1:00; Cons. Round 3 - Osing 19-9 won in sudden victory over Keegan Berry (Minot St.) 0-2 3-1; Cons. Semi - Osing won by medical forfeit over Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 13-7; third place match - Osing won in sudden victory over James Lehman (Wis.-Parkside ) 23-8 7-1.