United North Central returns to state tournament

The Warriors rally to defeat Frazee and defend Section 8A title.

FERTILE – A dramatic finish sent the United North Central wrestling team back to the state Class A tournament.

The Warriors trailed top-seeded Frazee 21-16 before winning three of the final four matches to rally for a 31-24 victory in the Section 8A championship match on Friday, Feb. 17. That win enabled UNC to repeat as section champions and qualify for the state Class A tournament for the second time in school history.

“We had plenty of people tell us we wouldn’t be able to make it again without last year’s seniors, but it’s not who you lose, it’s who do you replace them with. We have a group that works really hard, so we knew we could do it again,” said UNC head coach Jacob Oyster. “I think most of our wrestlers believed we could at the beginning of the season and all of them knew we could by the end. To go back to back with a new team is another step in the right direction. It feels really good.”

Rhett Anderson’s 9-4 decision at 113 pounds, Conrad Koll’s 13-0 major decision at 120 and Zach Hendrickson’s 7-1 decision at 126 gave the Warriors a 10-3 lead. Hank Tellers’ pin in 3:39 at 145 provided a 16-9 advantage before Frazee responded by winning the next three matches to take the lead. Toby Isola’s forfeit win at 182, Cooper Hasbargen’s 12-8 decision at 220 and Marcus Peterson’s pin in 1:30 at 285 rallied the Warriors to the win and another state berth as Frazee ended the season with a 23-6 mark. Continue reading at parkrapidsenterprise.com →

The Guillotine – November 3, 2022

The November 3, 2022 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: College Previews | Lineup Battles Loom For Golden Gophers | Jackrabbits Continue Moving Up As Excitement Builds | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Johnnies Are A Hard-Working Bunch | Count on the Bison to Give Maximum Effort | Cobbers Return a Combination of Experience and Talent | Ask The Doc | Huskies are in the Hunt for another National Title | Yellowjackets Have Very High Expectations | It’s A New Era For The Pioneers | Performance Nutrition – What Is Your Weight? | Auggies Eye A Return To The Top | Trust The Process – Alan Koehler | Officially Speaking | Mustangs Are Primed To Fire | Vikings Are Looking to Achieve Great Things | Doing A Little Extra – Basically; Jacob Oyster and United North Central Wrestling | Bluejays Hope To Build On Last Year | Auggies Women Can Compete with Any Team in the Country | Vikings Look For New and Returning Wrestlers to Step Up | Mavericks Are Hard-Working And Talented | Dragons Look For Leadership From Returning Starters | Warriors Are Looking To Do Some Great Things.

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Doing A Little Extra – Basically

Jacob Oyster and United North Central Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

United North Central (a co-op of Menahga High School and Sebeka High School) had been close to punching their ticket to St. Paul for the last three or four years, and head coach Jacob Oyster knew it.

“I thought in 2020, we could have gone to State, but we lost by two points in the section semifinals,” Oyster said. “The COVID year, I thought we had the best team, but we had a couple of key injuries late in the season. Then, we lost another tough kid to COVID protocols.”

This past season could have ended like it had the last handful of years – short of a trip to state, but the team brought home a section title for the first time in program history.

“This year felt like a long time coming to everyone in the program. As soon as we locked up the section title – I can’t remember if it was at 182 or 195 – but it was a load off my shoulders,” Oyster admitted. “I was putting a lot of stress on myself because I thought we should have done it the last couple of years. For the seniors, that was something they had been working for and dreaming about. They knew we should have been there already too. It was huge for them.”

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