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Ostby brothers place high at MN USA State Greco & Freestyle Tournament

Recent Morris Area graduate Tim Ostby was crowned the Minnesota USA Junior State Greco Champion at 152 pounds, while younger brother Travis Ostby took fifth place.

The tournament was held in Rochester. Greco is a style of wrestling that allows athletes to use only their upper body, which is Ostby's strong point.

Tim's first match was against Ben Cousins of Bloomington. After losing the first period 1-0, Tim came back to win the next two periods 1-0 and 1-0. In his second match, Tim defeated Brett Peterson from Minneapolis 2-0 and 6-0. In the semi-final match, Tim was matched up against Timothy Moore from Rochester, who had beaten Tim earlier in the season. Moore won the first period 5-3, but Tim won the next two periods 6-0 and 2-0 to put himself in the finals.

In the finals, Tim went up against Grant Nehring, the 2011-12 state champion from Apollo at 138 pounds. Ostby won the first period 6-2 and scored first and often in the second period for a 6-3 decision and the state title.

Tim is now getting ready for the National Junior Tournament held in Fargo in July. He also took third in the MN/USA Junior State Freestyle Tournament going 6-1 with his only loss to Chevy Goble from Foley. Tim will also compete in the Freestyle Nationals in Fargo.

Travis, a first-year cadet, was in a very tough bracket matched up against older and more experienced wrestlers. Travis finished 3-2, pinning two of his opponents in 15 and 45 seconds.

In the freestyle tournament, Travis lost his first match, but came back to win two and advance to the medal round. In the fifth-place match, Travis lost the first period 5-0, but came back to win the second period 3-2. The third period came down to the final seconds with Travis losing 2-0. Taking sixth as a first-year cadet is a big accomplishment and will help him next season wrestling for the Tigers.