The Rosemount wrestling team went into an extended holiday break by winning each of its Lake Conference dual meets, and placing well in tournaments.
How the Irish would fare after a 19-day layoff between competitions might have been a legitimate question. Last week Rosemount answered resoundingly by continuing to win.
While on their break, the Irish broke into the "Lean-and-Mean" state rankings, a sort of honorable mention after the "Dirty Dozen" have been rated.
Rosemount lived up to the billing with a 57-12 dual meet win against Lakeville North, and followed it up with a first-place showing at the Tartan Clash tournament.
"It was an overall great team effort with 12 wrestlers placing and Josh (Baier) and Garrett (Bothun) getting their first championships," Irish coach Brett Larson said.
Just as important, none of the individuals seemed to suffer any letdown from the layoff.
At Tartan, Phil Levine, Adam Sommers, Baier, and Bothun each placed first in the individual style tournament. It was the first ever tournament championship for Baier and Bothun.
Tyler Sandoz and Frank Pokriefka each took second in their respective brackets, losing in very close matches in the finals.
Max Busher placed third. Tony Marthaler and Josh Francois finished in fourth place. Steve Levine was fifth, and Paul Domeier and Myles Phillips placed sixth.
"It was a very balanced tournament in terms of team scoring, and we were able to win by 30," Larson said.
Phil Levine now owns a 16-0 record and is ranked No. 3 at 103 pounds.
Phil Levine, Steve Levine, Sommers, Baier, Brandon Clobes, Bothun, Francois, Sandoz, Busher, Jon Bishop, and Pokriefka all won their matches against Lakeville North.