Wrestling: Levine, Jackson lead wrestlers to 2nd at Shakopee
Steve Levine and Adam Jackson finished first in their weight classes in leading Rosemount to second place out of nine teams Saturday at the Shakopee Invitational.
The host Sabers outscored the Irish 210 1/2-184 1/2 for the team title. Rochester Mayo placed third with 145 1/2 points, followed by Bloomington Kennedy (137), Lakeville South (137), Prescott (134), Blaine (97), Rocori (83) and Blooming Prairie (38).
In all, 10 Irish wrestlers finished in the top four in their division. Rosemount head coach Brett Larson thought his team wrestled well, but could have challenged Shakopee for first place with a few better performances in the semifinals.
"We didn't feel like we had a very good semifinal round. We had four matches where we were ahead and ended up losing," he said. "We thought we could have had more guys going to the finals, so it was frustrating and it hurt our team score. The good news is we wrestled back and got third place in three of those. Most of the guys got to redeem themselves."
Levine went 3-0 at 132 pounds, advancing with a technical fall and a 13-7 decisions before winning the final match, 8-3.
Jackson, the state's second-ranked 160-pounder, also won his first match via a technical fall before pinning his semifinal opponent and taking the final with a 13-2 major decision.
Adam Hedin and Sam Moeller scored second-place finishes at 113 and 170 pounds, respectively, and Dan Rosa, Payton Otterdahl and Craig Szymanski each wrestled back to take third place.
Kwame Owusu and Grant Jackson added fourth-place showings for the Irish and Alex Johnson and Jake Baker, Patrick Massey and Stefan Sauer all came in fifth.
The Irish opened up the South Suburban Conference dual season with a 43-19 win at rival Eastview Thursday night in Apple Valley.
Rosemount got pins from Sauer at heavyweight, Moeller at 170 pounds and Rosa at 113. Baker scored his first career varsity win via a tech fall at 126 pounds and Levine followed with a tech fall of his own at 132.
Massey and Szymanski each won decisions in regulation and Jackson held on for a 2-1 sudden-death triumph over Eastview's seventh-ranked 160-pounder.