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Wrestling: Wrestlers to rely on depth

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The Rosemount wrestling team is no stranger to having a stalwart in the lineup to score points on a consistent basis.

Coach Brett Larson doesn't believe this year will be any different for the Irish, with one small change -- Rosemount likely has several wrestlers that will be counted on to provide consistent points.

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"We should have a bunch of guys able to win 25-30 matches," Larson said. "We have some outstanding guys returning, some good sophomores, and even some freshmen. It's hard to say early in the season, we'll have to see who steps up and where guys are at."

Larson's happiness with the team's depth is twofold. He returns several varsity wrestlers from last season, and the Irish have their biggest turnout in some time.

"We are taking it slowly with some of them, but it's been a great week thus far," Larson said. "We look to have more depth than we have in the past. We should be a better balanced team this year."

Phil Levine returns for his senior season and is ranked No. 5 in the 103-pound weight class in the initial rankings.

Senior Adam Sommers is also back.

Much of the experience returns in the low-to-middle weights, including senior Josh Baier.

Senior Chris Massey looks to establish a place in the lineup after taking a year off. Another senior, Frank Pokreifa, is back at heavyweight.

Garrett Bothun, Max Busher, Tyler Sandoz, Tyler Ausen, Matt Bigelow, Matt Eul and Tony Marthaler are all juniors with varsity experience.

Baier, Levine, Sommers, and Bothun are captains.

Among the younger wrestlers are sophomores Paul Domeier, Jon Bishop, Andy Oster, Chad Marx, and Colin Busho.

The roster includes 25 freshmen.

"We get tested, we have a fairly tough schedule," Larson said. "Our section might be the toughest in the state. We have to wrestle the best to be the best."

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