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During the Lake Conference season, the Rosemount wrestling team lost close duals to Eagan and Eastview.

Heading into the Class 3A, Section 3 team tournament last week, Irish coach Brett Larson thought his team would see one of those two in the section tournament.

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Larson liked Rosemount's chances in a rematch.

Given the section's No. 6 seed, the Irish drew No. 3 seed Eastview. Earlier in the year, the Lightning won a 32-21 decision.

Unfortunately for Rosemount, the section tournament was eerily similar.

The Irish lost 35-22 to Eastview in the opening round of the team section tournament last week, ending the team season.

The Irish will compete in the individual section tournament today and tomorrow at Henry Sibley.

It was a bitter end to the team season though.

"We did not wrestle well," Larson said. "A little disappointing to end the team season that way, but it is always tough in our section. We did, however, have a very successful year as a team, overall."

It is little consolation to Rosemount, but the seedings held up all the way though the tournament. Apple Valley is again headed to the state meet as the section champion.

As for the Irish, Phil Levine continued his solid season. He took the opening match at 103 pounds with a major decision, 13-0.

Adam Sommers won at 119 pounds with a 5-2 decision, and Josh Baier added an 11-6 decision at 125 pounds.

But, from there, Eastview took three straight matches.

Garrett Bothun ended the Lightning run with a 14-10 decision at 145 pounds. Josh Francois followed with a 4-3 decision at 152 pounds.

But, Eastview rolled off four straight wins to finish off the victory.

Rosemount's Frank Pokriefka ended the meet with victory at heavyweight by pinning his opponent.

"Adam Sommers and Josh Francois had the best matches in their wins," Larson said. "Adam Jackson, a freshman, wrestled the third-ranked wrestler to a 3-6 loss that was an outstanding effort."

The Irish will likely have several highly-seeded individuals in this week's tournament.

Levine is currently ranked No. 2 overall in the state at 103 pounds and Bothun is ranked No. 10 at 145 pounds.

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