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Wrestling: Wrestlers one point short in semifinals

Rosemount coach Brett Larson put a positive spin on his team's 29-28 loss to Henry Sibley in the Section 3AAA team tournament semifinals Friday night at Henry Sibley High School.

If they had won, the Irish would have had to face Apple Valley in the finals. The national powerhouse went on to destroy Henry Sibley, 65-9.

"That's the good news. You just have to face Apple Valley anyway," he said. "It was a great dual from a fan's standpoint. It's still frustrating for the fans and coaches, but it was a good dual all-around. It went back and forth the whole time, and when you lose by one point you go back and find you could have scored one more point in 12 of the 14 matches. We just came up short."

Jake Baker, Sam Rosa, Adam Hedin, Austin Swanson, Sam Moeller, Craig Syzmanski and Charlie Huynh all picked up wins against Henry Sibley. Huynh subbed in at 220 pounds and gave the Irish a huge victory that gave them their final lead.

The second-seeded Irish opened the team tournament with a 51-18 rout of No. 7-seeded Burnsville.

Baker, Rosa, Hedin, Swanson, Moeller, Syzmanki, Kwame Owusu, Connor Busho, Kouti Sugii and Payton Otterdahl all scored victories against the Blaze. Many of those wrestlers will be looking to extend their season all the way to the Class 3A state meet at Xcel Energy Center when the Section 3AAA individual meet gets under way tomorrow in Burnsville. The top two finishers in each weight class advance to St. Paul.

"Rosa and Moeller each won a match and advanced to the second day last year, so they're obviously two guys we're hoping will do well this weekend and down the road," Larson said. "I think we have eight or nine guys that can have a chance to make it if they wrestle well. They've all had good seasons and have put themselves in position. Sometimes it just comes down to who competes and performs in that one big match on Saturday. It should be an exciting tournament."