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THE LAND OF OZ: Oswald cruises into 160 quarters

WCHS senior uses loss at state duals as motivation; faces familiar opponent next

February 21, 2014
By Troy Banning - Sports Editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

DES MOINES - Alex Oswald had 16 hours to stew on a loss - one that he knew he shouldn't have been dealt. But rather than pout the Webster City senior got analytical.

The studious approach paid off.

Following that throw-your-headgear type loss to Clear Lake's Logan Wilcke, 4-3, during the state duals on Wednesday, Oswald made the necessary corrections in time to dominate his Class 2A opening-round bout at 160 pounds during Day 1 of the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament yesterday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.

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Webster City senior 160-pounder Alex Oswald swims out of the grasp of Spirit Lake Park’s David Trucksess during their first round bout at yesterday’s Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. Oswald, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A, won 6-1 and advanced to today’s quarterfinals against J.J. Clark of Clarinda.

"I thought all about that loss (Wednesday night) and I was really upset with myself," Oswald, ranked No. 8, said after he disposed of Sprit Lake Park's David Trucksess, 6-1. "It told me that there was more I could work on and more I could improve on ... it brought me down to reality, which I probably needed a little bit."

Facing an upper-body thrower in Trucksess, Oswald (36-6) went about his methodical business and never trailed. He attacked the legs of Trucksess (28-11) for a first-period takedown, inched ahead 4-1 on a reversal in the second and added another takedown in the third.

And maybe most importantly, he stayed out of the power game of Trucksess.

"I knew he was a thrower, but I just knew I had to stick to my game plan and get my offense going," Oswald said. "A win is a win ... I don't go out and pin them all the time and I win close matches, but I win them my way."

Oswald, competing at the state tournament for the first time, advanced to this morning's quarterfinals against a familiar opponent - J.J. Clark of Clarinda, who knocked off Colton Ranney (44-14) of Central Decatur, 7-4, in the opening round.

Oswald tripped up Clark (42-6), 4-1, when the two exchanged handshakes at the Don Miller Invitational in Fort Dodge back in December. The winner will advance to this afternoon's semifinals and be assured of a spot on the medal podium Saturday night.

"I remember he's physical just like (Trucksess)," Oswald said of Clark. "I'm not going to change anything; staying on my feet and staying in position are the biggest things."



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