Stepping onto his own mat for the final time of his career at Heritage Gymnasium in Lake Ozark, Osage senior Rudy Escobar likely could not have imagined a better setting.

Stepping onto his own mat for the final time of his career at Heritage Gymnasium in Lake Ozark, Osage senior Rudy Escobar likely could not have imagined a better setting.

Friendly crosstown Lake area rival Camdenton was the opponent, the atmosphere was intense with emotions from both benches and the crowd running high and to top it all off, Escobar and his fellow Indians came away with a win on Senior Night. The girls topped the Lakers 24-12 and the boys completed the sweep with a hard-fought 36-33 win.

"I was kind of nervous, but at the same time I was so happy to see all my friends and everybody. This was the biggest crowd we've ever had here," Escobar said, looking back over the past four years. "I was just so hyped, everyone was hyped on the bench and you could tell everybody was hyped. I was just having the time of my life out there and just got to live it up for one last time ever being in here."

Thursday night was the first time the two sides have met in a regular season dual in quite some time. The Indians and Lakers previously faced off in a tournament dual earlier this year and Camdenton claimed early bragging rights, winning by the same margin. So, Osage had to get its revenge.

"A lot of our guys did not really like that," Osage junior Jack Creasy remarked. "Tonight, they (Osage) just came out and wrestled hard. Those points in between, just not going on your back and things like that are really important in a dual like this."

Camdenton built an early lead in the showdown between the boys, scoring the dual's first 21 points until Osage made its run and scored 37 of the match's final 46 points. Camdenton coach Grant Leighty certainly did not hesitate to give credit where it was due. 

"When you are 10 miles apart, a little bit of pride is on the line. We snuck one away from them earlier this year and they snuck one away from us tonight," he said. "We just have to tighten up and finish stronger. We kind of let them back out and get it. Kudos to them, they wrestled hard and I'm not taking anything away from them. They came out and wanted it just a little bit more than we did.

"I wish them all the luck the rest of the season, hope they go into districts and have a good one at state."

If anything, it was a good lesson for the Lakers moving forward with the postseason just around the corner.

"We just need to get back in the room. We are going to get back to work, fix some of the stuff we need to fix and that is all we can do," Leighty continued. "That is what a team like that helps us do, it shows us what we need to work on so I appreciate that.

"We have not wrestled a dual against them in five or six years so I was glad to have it other than the tournament we met them in. It is good to have it back. It is a good rivalry right there."

Ashlynn Hughes got things started for the Camdenton girls, winning by forfeit at 103 pounds. The only other win for the Lakers came via a pin fall from Haleigh Vanskike as she earned the victory over Osage's Sophia Jeffries at 235 pounds. Osage's Alisha Benedict (115) pinned Camdenton's Alicia Smythe, the Indians had two open match wins from Demie Cobb (125) and Abbey Cordia (130) and Katyln Sheats (166) pinned Camdenton's Aeryn Kennedy. 

It was Senior Night for Benedict and Cordia and a unique night for Cordia because she once previously wrestled for Camdenton in the early stages of her career. She wished she had a chance to wrestle, but noted she was proud of the team. 

"It felt good to have Senior Night with my former team. Camdenton wrestled pretty good, too," Cordia said.

The two sides previously met in Osage's Warpath Tournament just two days prior and Leighty was glad the girls could get more matches in before districts next weekend. 

"Every match we can get them is really important and helps them get ready for that," he said.

If the emotions were not running high enough for the night, the boys certainly made sure to take care of that as three matches were decided by two points or less in the tough dual. 

Camdenton's Kaden Stivers got the Lakers off to a good start winning by pin fall at 106 pounds over Osage's Adam Diver. Logan Tibben kept things going for the Lakers by taking a 10-8 decision over Osage's Jacob Zelle at 113 and both Cooper Rhodenhizer (120) and Aidan Neal (126) went uncontested for the Lakers.

Then the Indians came storming back. 

Ryan Schepers (132) earned a pin fall over Camdenton's Cale Bentley before Camdenton's Grant Garrett came away with a close 2-1 decision over Osage's Eric Westbrook. Osage picked things back up with Mason Dulle (145) as he won a 15-2 major decision over Camdenton's Jacob Ziegler. Corey Hubkey (152) pinned Camdenton's Garrett Stark, Chase Cordia (160) went uncontested for the Indians, Tristan Satterlee (170) won a 6-4 decision over Camdenton's Gunner Morris, Escobar (182) pinned Camdenton's Jayder Schwertz and Creasy (195) pinned Camdenton's Kaiden Davis to finish the run. 

"I just knew he would get tired if I just kept up the pressure on him and waited for the pin to come," Creasy said. "I knew if I got that pin it would win us the dual."

Good time to pick up the pin, too, because it marked the 100th win of the junior's career.

"I'm just really happy it fell on a night like tonight when everyone's emotions are high and I can get something like that done in a place like this," Creasy stated. 

Osage coach Randy Satterlee was glad to see the junior accomplish the milestone, too.

"Jack is improving every day and we look for him to be one of our leaders in the room. He helps out and is doing some good stuff all the way around, just evolving as a wrestler," the coach said.

Camdenton finished the night with a pair of victories as Cort Petty (220) won an 8-4 decision over Osage's Connor Arrowood and Dakota Davis (285) pinned Osage's Tanner Gardner. 

With the win just out of reach, Leighty hopes his grapplers find the motivation to close the season out strong before districts. The Lakers are scheduled to wrestle in the Ozark Conference Tournament on Saturday at Glendale.

"If that is not, I don't know what would be so I sure hope it is," Leighty said in terms of motivation. "I hope some of our kids want to come back and redeem themselves from their match tonight. We just have to get a little bit better each day and hopefully this match showed us some things we have to get better at."

Benedict, Cordia, Escobar, Westbrook, Satterlee, Nick Boswell and Matthew Russell put a signature stamp on the final home dual of their careers. Satterlee said it will be sad to see them go and their leadership will be missed, but is thankful they got to enjoy a good night on the mat.

"It was a passionate night, something the kids have been working hard all year for and they had an opportunity to get out tonight and get a good win," he said. "I'm happy for them. It really is a great venue and a good time to be an Osage Indian."

The Osage girls were scheduled to wrestle in the Buffalo Tournament on Saturday and the boys will be in a tournament at Odessa on the same day. Satterlee is looking for his wrestlers to stay sharp and peak at the right time with districts approaching and Escobar, for one, is certainly ready.

"We are just going to keep working harder in the room, keep on improving and get better each day. Hopefully, we'll bring that same energy at districts at Bolivar and show everybody who Osage is."