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Rosemount captain Kwame Owusu works his way toward a pin during Thursday night's dual against Eastview at Irish Gym. The Irish used bonus points in all seven matches to score a 39-37 victory.

Wrestling: Irish strike down lightning

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Bonus points were the difference for Rosemount in Thursday night's South Suburban Conference dual meet against Eastview.

Each team won seven of the dual's 14 matches, but the Irish scored bonus points in all seven of their victories as they secured their first league win of the season 39-37 under the spotlight at Irish Gym.

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"Eastview is a solid team coming in with a 7-2 record, so it was nice to get our first conference win," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.

Austin Swanson, Kwame Owusu, Sam Moeller and Craig Syzmanski each won via fall for the Irish. Dan Rosa continued his strong start to the season with a technical fall at 120 pounds and Noah Buck and Jake Baker started the meet with major decisions at 103 and 113 pounds, respectively.

"Any time you get four falls that is great for the team," Larson said. "Noah Buck's match was critical and he wrestled great, getting us off to a 4-0 lead with a great match from start to finish."

The Irish had a chance to put some distance between them and Eastview, but the Lightning won four matches where they scored deciding points in the final 15 seconds.

"Those wrestlers all battled back but came up short and I know they are all looking for a rematch," Larson said. "They can all turn the score in their favor."

The Irish return from their holiday break tomorrow when they travel to Fargo for the Rumble on the Red, which is the largest prep wrestling tournament in the country. Sixty-six teams will be competing on 19 mats Friday and Saturday at the FargoDome.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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