Kaiser, Mo. – Osage's head wrestling coach, Randy Satterlee, is cautiously optimistic about his team's chances this season.
"I'm actually feeling pretty good about this year's squad," Coach Satterlee said. "We've got a lot of people out, good numbers, and good kids. The group that we have has been wrestling quite a bit-it isn't their first time at the rodeo."
He has plenty of reason to be excited, though, with a number of experienced and talented wrestlers returning, but the real reason for the excitement has to be the fact that the Indians this season will be able to fill all weight classes this year.
"I think this is the first time since we've started coaching that we actually have filled all weight classes, and have good backups to move in if someone can't wrestle for some reason," Coach Satterlee said. "I'm very excited. It's phenomenal to see this."
Osage's wrestling program is seeing the benefits of their little league wrestlers, as the incoming classes supply more experienced wrestlers to the team every year, and they're finally starting to see their numbers multiply.
This season's squad, with it's full roster, means not only filling the weight classes, it also means they will have competition at every class, as the JV wrestlers will push for the varsity spots. In short, it's a recipe for success, as the varsity team will be pushing not only to win, but to keep the younger class at bay, and in turn, give the younger guys a chance to develop.
This year's squad has some changes this year, as they no longer will call the old Heritage gym home, but rather, will compete at the high school.
The team is farther along at this point than they were last season, as they have more experienced wrestlers.
Satterlee says their practices have been more fast and up-tempo, but this team is more advanced than last season.
Chris Johnson has been a stellar piece to the puzzle in the past years, and will look to make yet another state run. Skyler Bax is currently wrestling at 126, but if he moves to the 120 class, Satterlee thinks he could have a very solid season.
Zach Curran and Trevor Koncevic both could be dominant figures on the mat for the Indians this season, as both have been working out during the off-season. Bradley Russell will return, and they'll be glad to see him all of this season in the 152 class, as he missed a large portion of the 2012-2013 season. Aidan Williams will be a big threat in the 195 class, while Alex Weatherspoon will be an improved competitor at 220, and Thomas Elmore will be the anchor in the heavyweights.
The team is set up for a solid season, and they know they'll face quality opponents, as Blair Oaks is always a tough opponent, and Eldon will now field a squad.
One thing is for certain, though, and that is Osage will be competing not only against their opponents, but against themselves. Competition at every level fuels success and the chance to get better, and Osage, if they stay healthy and keep giving it their best effort, could potentially see more kids make it through districts this year.
Their first match, held in St. James on Monday, Nov. 25, proved to be a good one for the Indians, who defeated their opponents with a final team score of 58-12.
Here are the results from that match:
Osage 58. St. James 12
113     Elijah Skinner (Osage) won by forfeit.    0    6.00
120     Matthew Latham (St. James) won by forfeit.    6.00    0
126     Skyler Bax (Osage) won by major decision over Sean Hunter (St. James) 14-1.    0    4.00
132     Chris Johnson (Osage) won by pin over Samuel Bunyard (St. James) 2:53.    0    6.00
138     Daniel McCarthy (St. James) won by decision over Zachary Curran (Osage) 9-2.    3.00    0
145     Trevor Koncevic (Osage) won by pin over Daniel Davis (St. James) 5:50.    0    6.00
152     Bradley Russell (Osage) won by pin over Seth Thompson (St. James) 5:37.    0    6.00
160     Taylor Busche (St. James) won by decision over Michael Henley (Osage) 10-8.    3.00    0
170     Nathan Nall (Osage) won by pin over Beau Campbell (St. James) 1:11.    0    6.00
182     Anthony Grider (Osage) won by forfeit.    0    6.00
195     Aidan Williams (Osage) won by pin over Logan Bullock (St. James) 3:04.    0    6.00
220     Alex Weatherspoon (Osage) won by pin over Logan Disser (St. James) 0:18.    0    6.00
285     Thomas Elmore (Osage) won by forfeit.    0    6.00