Let the Games Begin; Huskies Sweep Busy Saturday
The come-from-behind victories, shutouts and perfect scores were all gravy. Student-athletes were simply happy to be playing and competing on a busy opening weekend of winter sports for Owatonna High School. The wrestlers went 3-1 through a pair of triangular meets that included a perfect score. OHS hockey swept their home openers which included a third-period rally for the boys. Huskies basketball topped Century to cap the evening. Owatonna Dance Team opened their season as well, competing at Northfield.
After five teams were snowed out on Thursday, the OHS wrestlers had the honor of being the first winter team to compete. They hosted a tri meet on Friday, January 15. Defending Big Nine champ Northfield topped OHS 48-18. Owatonna rebounded to beat Pine Island 72-9.
On Saturday, OHS blanked John Marshall with a perfect score of 84-0. The match consisted of five pins and nine forfeits. The dual last less than 20 minutes. Owatonna closed the day at JM High School with a competitive 46-25 win over Byron. The match was fairly close until the Huskies reeled off three straight wins from 152 pounds to 170. Jacob Reinardy won by pin. Landen Johnson got a forfeit. Andrew Nirk won by pin to clinch the dual. The Huskies travel to Eagan Thursday, January 21 with St. Michael-Albertville also there.
Owatonna girls hockey buried Mankato West 10-0 on Dudley Otto Rink at Four Seasons Centre. Anna Herzog, Olivia Herzog, Grace Wolfe, and Ezra Oien each had a four-point game. Ava Wolfe made nine saves for the shutout. The Huskies host Rochester Mayo Thursday, January 21. See stat sheet from the Hockey Hub.
The OHS boys hockey squad scored three goals in the third period for a come-from-behind 4-2 win over Faribault. After the Falcons took a 2-1 lead seven minutes into the final frame, Caleb Vereide scored at 12:19. Wyatt Oldefendt notched the game-winner at 14:56. Zach Kubicek topped off the game at 16:20. Casey Johnson had a three-assist game. True Gieseke had 12 saves for the win. The Huskies head to Mayo Thursday. See stat sheet from the Hockey Hub.
Owatonna boys basketball won a back-and-forth game with Rochester Century 64-59. With the game tied at 55-55, the Huskies closed on an 11-4 run that included several great defensive plays and steals. Brayden Williams scored 21. Payton Beyer had 11 points, several steals and rebounds, and a fantastic assist to Lincoln Maher that pushed the Huskies lead to 59-55. OHS hosts Mankato West Thursday.
The OHS girls hoops team prevailed 61-46 over Century Saturday night. The Huskies go to Mankato West Thursday.
Owatonna boys basketball coach Josh Williams summed it up before tip off at Century, "Great to be here. No question. It's been a long time coming."
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