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Wrestling: Irish split with Park, Apple Valley

When you’re hosting a double dual and Apple Valley is coming, a split is about the best you can hope for.

Rosemount got that split last Thursday night at Irish Gym. After a 51-16 loss to the top-ranked Eagles, the Irish bounced back to defeat Park of Cottage Grove 40-24.

“We wrestled well in both duals,” Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. “Obviously Apple Valley is very tough, but we competed and that is good.”

The Irish built an early 16-9 lead against Apple Valley, winning four of the first six matches. Jake Baker and Adam Hedin, each ranked seventh in the state in their respective weight classes, won a pair of decisions, Diondre Lodge scored a major decision and Connor Hagen earned a pin during the run.

The Eagles responded by winning the final eight matches by a combined score of 42-0.

The Irish then won nine of 14 matches against Park. Baker, Payton Otterdahl and Reuben Cephas each tallied pins and Hedin, Lodge, Cameron Womack, Austin Swanson, Roman Buridge and Connor Busho added wins.

Hedin is now 11-0 on the season and Baker is 10-1.

“They’re another section team, so it was an important match. They have some very talented wrestlers, so we knew it would be a battle,” Larson said. “We wrestled very well from start to finish. We are battling a few injuries right now, but I have been pleased with our effort every time we step on the mat, our guys work very hard, and that hard work is paying off.”

The Irish compete again this weekend at the Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo.