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Wrestling: Grapplers pull of perfect week

Rosemount has won five straight matches.1 / 2
Kwame Owusu faces down an opponent during a recent match.2 / 2

The Rosemount wrestling team continued its strong start to the 2013 portion of its schedule, winning five straight matches over the weekend at Irish Gym.

Since starting the season with four losses in five duals against a tough early slate of opponents, the Irish have won 10 of their past 11. Saturday's tournament-opening 43-24 dual win over 14-1 Simley was the most important of them all as it locked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming section tournament.

"It was a very good weekend for us. All of our guys are wrestling very well and continue to improve," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. "We knew we had a very tough part of our schedule early, but we were able to keep that in perspective and now have been wrestling very well, which is the goal as the season winds down."

The Irish opened the weekend by shutting out East Ridge 63-0 and overcoming an early 19-3 deficit to top Farmington, 40-24. After beating Henry Sibley on Saturday, they added a 56-18 rout of Hopkins and a 62-12 dismantling of Roseville.

Kouta Sugii, Payton Otterdahl, Jake Baker and Connor Busho all turned in 5-0 weekends. Otterdahl improved his record to 24-6, Baker moved to 22-8 and Dan Rosa went 3-0 to up his record to 26-2.

Austin Swanson, Grant Jackson, Sam Moeller, Craig Syzmanski and Adam Hedin all came away from the week with 4-1 marks. Moeller improved to 25-5 on the season.

"All of our guys believe in the work they are putting in and it is paying off," Larson said. "I am really proud of the way they are all competing, and the goal is for this to continue."

The Irish return to the mat tonight at Wayzata High School for a triangular against Wayzata and Eden Prairie.