Wrestling: Six go unbeaten as Irish split
Rosemount bounced back from a one-point loss to Park of Cottage Grove by downing Eagan 43-22 in the finale of a double dual between three section rivals last Wednesday at Eagan.
Six Irish wrestlers picked up wins in both duals. It was the additional victories turned in by Austin Swanson and Sebastian Paradise that turned out to be the difference-makers against Eagan.
Swanson continued a strong start to the dual by registering a pin at 132 pounds in his second varsity match, extending the Irish lead to 19-4. Paradise later cemented the victory by pinning his opponent at 195 pounds.
"A couple of big matches turned it around for us," coach Brett Larson said. "It was a big win in the section and the conference."
All three of Rosemount's ranked wrestlers finished off perfect nights against Eagan. Dan Rosa (No. 10 at 113 pounds) finished with a forfeit win and a pin, Steve Levine (No. 9 at 126 pounds) picked up a pair of pins and Adam Jackson (No. 2 at 152 pounds) won via pin and a major decision.
Adam Hedin (technical fall and major decision), Jake Baker (major decision and decision) and Sam Mueller (two decisions) also finished 2-0 on the night. Heavyweight Stefan Sauer added a major decision against Park of Cottage Grove that drew the Irish within one point.
"It was a good effort, but we didn't wrestle our best in three or four spots," Larson said of the match against Park. "Obviously, when you lose by one point in wrestling that one can come from a variety of places. We just didn't get it done."
The Irish, now 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the South Suburban Conference, will get a chance to face off against some of the top competition from around the Midwest this weekend when they make their first trip to compete in the Rumble on the Red tournament at the Fargo Dome. The 60-team tournament features teams from six states.
"We get to see other high-end wrestlers from different classes and different states and it's a two-day tournament, so it gives all the wrestlers a chance to compete in a state tournament atmosphere," Larson said. "It will be a real neat setting."