Wrestling: Ninth-graders step up against BurnsvilleWhen the Rosemount wrestling team competed against Burnsville last week, three ninth-graders were in the lineup for the Irish. Mixing in that much inexperience isn’t usually a winning recipe in a Lake Conference dual meet. It was the final conference dual of the season for Rosemount.
By: Brian Hall, Rosemount Town Pages
When the Rosemount wrestling team competed against Burnsville last week, three ninth-graders were in the lineup for the Irish.
Mixing in that much inexperience isn’t usually a winning recipe in a Lake Conference dual meet. It was the final conference dual of the season for Rosemount.
By the time they are competing in the final dual of the season, some ninth-graders have a full season’s varsity experience behind them. That wasn’t the case for these Irish, who continue to fill in roster spots with younger wrestlers because of injuries and lack of depth.
By the time Rosemount was done with Burnsville, the experience factor didn’t matter.
The ninth-graders, and other underclassmen, performed admirably in a 36-26 win for the Irish.
“We once again had two main varsity starters out with Garrett Bothun and Adam Jackson out due to injury,” Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. “Despite that, we still had a great night. We won the first four matches and got off to a nice lead.”
And the underclassmen led the way early.
Underclassmen Danny Rosa, Kwame Owusu, Steve Levine and Paul Domeier started out with four straight wins for the Irish. Levine, a 10th-grader, is ranked No. 10 in Class 3A at 112 pounds.
Tony Marthaler, Pat Massey, Josh Francois and Tyler Sandoz won later matches to wrap up the victory.
Massey earned a pin as a replacement to the varsity lineup.
Sandoz earned a 3-1 win against a wrestler that beat him at last year’s section tournament.
“That’s a big match for Tyler,” Larson said. “It was really big for him going into the section tournament this year.”
The Irish finished the conference season at 3-6, tied for sixth with Chaska/Chanhassen and Lakeville South.
“Really it was kind of three groups this year,” Larson said. “We were in the lower group. That’s just the way it is based on not putting together full lineup of 14 guys every week. It was a good way to finish the season.”
The Class 3A, Section 3 team tournament is today at Eagan High School. The section individual tournament is next week at Rosemount High School.