I got a chance to write my first wrestling feature of the season for today’s paper. It’s on Ryan Osleeb of North Salem. Osleeb, a 119-pound sophomore, is the only member of his school’s varsity team. He lives a different athletic existence than Section 1’s other wrestlers.
Osleeb can’t participate in dual meets. He has to travel to a different school, John Jay, every day for practice. At tournaments, he’s the only one in North Salem blue.
Osleeb practices with and sometimes travels with John Jay, which is the closest school to his. Coach Bill Swertfager welcomed him in three years ago and he’s become close with the Indian wrestlers. His uncle Jim McGinty, who nudged him toward wrestling a few years ago, is a John Jay assistant. But ultimately Osleeb is an island.
You can read my story here. I think it came out pretty well. What do you think? Did I miss anything? When you click that link you’ll also see a video box in the upper right corner. Hit play and there’s a short interview with Ryan, as well as footage of him at Saturday’s Beacon tournament.