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PHOTO COURTESEY OF LAKELAND COLLEGE

PHOTO COURTESEY OF LAKELAND COLLEGE

Benjamin Wilks, Sports Editor

Over the summer, Quincy Osborn joined Lakeland as the new head wrestling coach.

Osborn has a long line of success following him to Lakeland. He comes from State University of New York at Buffalo, a NCAA Division I school. He has seven years of coaching, five of those being at Division 1 schools.

Osborn started his educational career at the University of Minnesota . Osborn states he had the talent to succeed there, but he didn’t feel like he fit into their program.

“I was used to having full support behind me,” said Osborn. “But I felt like I was being thrown into a snake pit. When scholarships are involved, it only seems right you go in that direction, but it didn’t feel right.”

Osborn stated that injuries started to plague him as he wrestled for the University of Minnesota. Frustrations began to rise between him and the coaches, but he still was a three year letter winner and for two years he qualified for NCAA Division I national championships.

He then transferred to Augsburg College, an NCAA Division III school in Minneapolis, where he excelled.

“The team I was on was filled with the guys who also didn’t feel right wrestling at the University of Minnesota,” said Osborn. “We all had D1 talent and experience, so we did pretty well when it came to succeeding.”

And succeed they did. Osborn became a division champion as a senior, and then led his team to a national championship.

He then became a coach for Augsburg, and over the years, he has moved from college to college, success following him at each institution. Now he brings his talent and experience to Lakeland, where he has a plan set in to make sure we reach the next level.

“My philosophy is that we have to think in the mindset of right now,” said Osborn. “We can’t think about being great five, 10 years from now. We have to think about the right now. We have to have a sense of urgency.”

Osborn said that the Lakeland wrestling team is going to take big strides this year, and eventually hopes to reach the national level.

 

Over the summer, Quincy Osborn joined Lakeland as the new head wrestling coach. Osborn has a long line of success following him to Lakeland. He comes from State University of New York at Buffalo, a NCAA Division I school. He has seven years of coaching, five of those being at Division 1 schools. Osborn started his educational career at the University of Minnesota . Osborn states he had the talent to succeed there, but he didn’t feel like he fit into their program.“I was used to having full support behind me,” said Osborn. “But I felt like I was being thrown into a snake pit. When scholarships are involved, it only seems right you go in that direction, but it didn’t feel right.”Osborn stated that injuries started to plague him as he wrestled for the University of Minnesota.  Frustrations began to rise between him and the coaches, but he still was a three year letter winner and for two years he qualified for NCAA Division I national championships. He then transferred to Augsburg College, an NCAA Division III school in Minneapolis, where he excelled.“The team I was on was filled with the guys who also didn’t feel right wrestling at the University of Minnesota,” said Osborn. “We all had D1 talent and experience, so we did pretty well when it came to succeeding.”And succeed they did. Osborn became a division champion as a senior, and then led his team to a national championship.He then became a coach for Augsburg, and over the years, he has moved from college to college, success following him at each institution. Now he brings his talent and experience to Lakeland, where he has a plan set in to make sure we reach the next level.“My philosophy is that we have to think in the mindset of right now,” said Osborn. “We can’t think about being great five, 10 years from now. We have to think about the right now. We have to have a sense of urgency.”Osborn said that the Lakeland wrestling team is going to take big strides this year, and eventually hopes to reach the national level.

 

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