Sportsman-like win for wrestler

Okotoks: Osberg vindicated in victory

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 06:00 am

Erick Osberg, here wrestling at the high school provincials, won the gold medal at the Alberta Open March 15-16.
Erick Osberg, here wrestling at the high school provincials, won the gold medal at the Alberta Open March 15-16.
Bruce Campbell/OWW

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When you have just recently won a sportsmanship award, you should aim to not get mad, but to get even.

Okotoks wrestler Erick Osberg pinned Kyle Gartner en route to winning the 54kg cadets boys division at the Alberta Open March 15-16 in Calgary.

Osberg had settled for the silver medal the week before when he was beaten by Gartner in the high school provincial final. Osberg’s good sportsmanship in losing that match garnered him an award.

This time around Osberg wanted to show he could also be a good sport in victory.

“This time, I pinned him in the first minute of the first round,” Osberg said. “I shot in for a double leg and I was unsuccessful. He then walked into a throw and I was able to pin him.”

He admitted to feeling vindicated with the victory.

“I was disappointed after losing to him in (high school) provincials,” Osberg said. “To beat him here, I felt super good.”

While vindication is super good, winning gold is even better. Osberg hadn’t completed his mission of winning an Alberta championship just yet.

The mission was accomplished when he pinned his opponent in the first minute of the gold medal match.

None of his matches went the full two rounds.

Osberg had wrestled at 56kg for high school provincials and had to cut some weight for the Alberta Open, which had a different weight class.

“I did it by eating better and a lot of exercise,” Osberg said.

Meanwhile Okotoks wrestler Cody Thompson found himself trying to cut weight.

Thompson, who won gold at high school provincials at 82kg, is hoping to get down to 76kg for the nationals in Ontario at the end of the month.

The only problem is he had to wrestle in the 85kg category for the Alberta Open. He settled for the bronze medal, losing to the eventual champion.

“I should have beat him but I stuck my head in the wrong spot,” Thompson said. “He caught me, pretty much sat on me and pinned me… I was giving up about 15 pounds.”

Thompson would beat his opponent on points in the bronze medal match.

The nationals are April 4-6 in Guelph, Ont.

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