INDIANAPOLIS – Southwest Minnesote State’s seniors Cortez Arredondo and Griffin Osing closed their careers on Friday afternoon at the 2019 NCAA DII Championships at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio., hosted by Ashland University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Osing, a 184-pound senior from Blakesburg, Iowa, and a 2014 graduate of Albia High School, earned a 6-5 decision victory in the first round over Pittsburg-Johnstown’s Brock Biddle. He then fell by decision 4-1 in the quarterfinal and fell 4-1 Jeff Reimel from Kutztown.
In consolation round, Osing lost by tech fall (18-1) to close his season at 20-11.
Osing finished his career 49-50 with this year being his first trip to the NCAA tournament. Osing was a two-time Academic All-NSIC and finished third in at the regional in Moorhead, Minn., to advance to the national tournament.
Arredondo, a 157-pound senior from West St. Paul, Minn., and a 2014 graduate of Simley High Schhol, also finished his career earlier today after a heartbreaking loss in the first round of the tournament. After trailing for most of the bout until the final minute of the third period. Arredondo earned a take down with 30 seconds remaining to finish the bout tied 8-8 but Arredondo’s opponent, Skyler Lykins of Colorado School of Mines, earned riding time for a 9-8 victory.
Arredondo then faced George McGuire from Gannon. The bout was tied until the final minute of the third period when McGuire earned a near fall for a four-point advantage. Arredondo picked up a point by penalty but was not able to come back from the deficit. Arredondo fell by decision (7-3) to finish 25-7 on the season.
Arredondo finished his career at Southwest Minnesota State with two appearances to the NCAA Championships and a 78-53 career record. Arredondo won the regional championship this season to send him to his second national appearances. He was named to the NWCA All-Academic team in 2017-18 and finished second in the regional in the same season.
The NCAA Championship will conclude on Saturday.