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Wrestling: Irish wrestle to third at K-W

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Rosemount came away with a third-place finish out of 10 teams at a balanced Kenyon-Wanamingo Dave Mauseth Invitational Saturday.

The Irish scored 156 points, 16 off the pace of runner-up Cannon Falls/Randolph and 23 ½ behind team champion Kenyon-Wanamingo. They weren't able to defend their team championship, but they did crown two individual champions - seniors Dan Rosa and Sam Moeller.

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"We've done well at this meet in the past and we thought we'd do well again. Third was a good finish," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. "One of our better wrestlers - Adam Hedin - is injured and he's going to be out for a while. That makes it difficult for us as a team because he's been solid for us. It was a tough tournament with a lot of good wrestlers from a lot of different schools."

Rosa won his first two matches by fall in the 120-pound bracket before taking the championship with a 7-4 decision. Moeller won his first match by fall at 182 pounds, and then closed out the day with a pair of pins.

"Both of them dominated their weight classes and looked real solid," Larson said.

Connor Busho added a second-place finish at 152 pounds. He entered with a record of just 2-5 having wrestled several state-ranked wrestlers, but came through with a pin and a 7-3 decision before falling 5-3 in the finals.

Payton Otterdahl paced the rest of the Irish lineup with a third-place finish at 220 pounds. Noah Buck, Jake Baker and Kwame Owuse each placed fourth, Kamal Hassan and Kouta Sugii each came in fifth and Craig Syzmanski placed sixth.

The Irish slipped to 0-3 in South Suburban Conference duals after a 39-21 loss to fourth-ranked Prior Lake Thursday night at Irish Gym.

Rosa, Moeller, Baker, Otterdahl and Grant Jackson each won decisions and Sugii earned a pin. The Irish won 6 of 14 matches.

"All in all, we lost but it was a solid effort," Larson said. "They're just a solid team."

The Irish are back home tonight for their Alumni Night match against Eastview.

"It's a big dual against a big rival, so we're hoping for a big turnout," Larson said.

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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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