Wrestlers earn conference win at Lakeville NorthEntering the season, the Rosemount wrestling team knew it might be a bit shorthanded in certain weight classes. What the Irish were hoping to avoid was having to deal with nagging injuries as well.
By: Brian Hall, Rosemount Town Pages
Entering the season, the Rosemount wrestling team knew it might be a bit shorthanded in certain weight classes.
What the Irish were hoping to avoid was having to deal with nagging injuries as well.
Rosemount wasn’t so lucky. Yet, despite the shortcomings, the Irish have been handling the adversity.
Last week, Rosemount beat Lakeville North, 45-33, in a conference dual and then placed sixth at the Kenyon-Wanamingo tournament.
The win against the Panthers especially boosted the team’s spirits.
“Overall it was an excellent meet for us to get a team victory,” Irish coach Brett Larson said. “We were a little uncertain going in based on the injury situation as rough as we’ve had it in a number of years. We knew we had to get some extra pins to have a chance to win. We did a little lineup switching and it turned out to be advantageous for us.”
Rosemount earned all the extra bonus points it would need. From 119 pounds to 145 pounds, the Irish had six straight pins.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever had something like that, getting six straight falls,” Larson said.
Steve Levine started the streak and was followed by pins from Andy Oster, Paul Domeier, Tony Marthaler, Adam Jackson, and Matt Bigelow. Garrett Bothun won by major decision and Josh Francois finished the Irish scoring with a pin.
Rosemount hopes to come out of the holidays with a healthier squad. The Irish are dealing with a few minor nagging injuries.
“We hope to be at full strength,” Larson said. “It’s just been a combination of things.”
Bothun came back in the Kenyon-Wanamingo tournament to win his weight class.
Levine took second, while Jackson, Domeier and Marthaler placed third. Bigelow and Bryce Wilberding finished fifth.