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Wrestling: Irish grab second at Shakopee

Rosemount’s Connor Hagen hangs on for a 2-0 decision last Thursday night against Bloomington Kennedy. Hagen placed third Saturday at the Shakopee Tournament.

Payton Otterdahl and Adam Hedin captured individual championships and led the Rosemount wrestling team to second place Saturday at the Shakopee Tournament.

The Irish moved up two spots from last year’s tournament with 180 points. Seventh-ranked Shakopee topped the nine-team field with 208 ½ points.

“We came up a little bit short, but we had a good tournament,” Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.

Hedin and Otterdahl each went 3-0 to win their brackets. Hedin, ranked fifth in the state at 132 pounds, advanced 12-0 and 5-1 before scoring a 14-2 major decision in the finals.

“Hedin wrestled extremely well from start to finish,” Larson said. “In the finals he completely dominated his opponent from Shakopee.”

Otterdahl was just as dominant, winning by pin, major decision and 6-3 decision at heavyweight. His finals victory came against the state’s ninth-ranked heavyweight.

“Payton is a little undersized at heavyweight, but he has a big frame and good experience from being at the state tournament last year. For only being at practice for three days coming off a great football season, he hasn’t missed a beat,” Larson said.

The Irish also got second-place finishes from Reuben Cephas at 106 pounds, 10th-ranked Jake Baker at 113 pounds and Kouta Sugii at 182 pounds. Connor Hagen, Austin Swanson and Craig Szymanski all placed third.

The Irish opened the season last Thursday by splitting a triangular with sixth-ranked Cambridge-Isanti and Bloomington Kennedy. They narrowly lost the opener 39-30 before securing a 45-12 South Suburban Conference victory over the Eagles.

“We thought we had a chance to beat Cambridge-Isanti if we wrestled really well. Everything had to go right,” Larson said. “It didn’t work out, but the boys battled really well. Losing to them by nine isn’t a bad way to start the season.”

Cephas, Baker, Hedin, Otterdahl, Grant Jackson and Cameron Womack earned victories in the opener. Cephas and Hedin won by technical falls and Jackson, Womack and Otterdahl scored pins.

The Irish won 10 matches — including two forfeits — in the blowout of Kennedy. Jackson moved to 2-0 with an upset of Kennedy’s 10th-ranked 152-pounder and Otterdahl turned in his second pin of the night.

Also coming away victorious were Diondre Lodge at 120, Hagen at 126, Hedin at 132, Connor Busho at 160, Sugii at 182 and Szymanski at 220.