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Wrestling: Irish wrestle to second place finish at Centennial, move up the rankings

Roman Burridge picks up a win for Rosemount during last Thursday's 71-3 romp over Burnsville.

The 9th-ranked (Class 3A) Rosemount wrestling team got another chance to face some quality competition at Saturday’s Centennial Invite.

The Irish finished second and went 2-1 at the six-team meet, moving their record to 7-3 in duals. They pounded Champlin Park 67-9 and edged Centennial 30-28 before falling to second-ranked (Class 2A) Simley 53-9 in the championship match.

The Irish moved up the rankings after the weekend from 12th to 9th.

“They’re really good, one of the top teams in the state regardless of what class they’re in. We had a chance to win two or three more matches, but we didn’t get it done,” Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. “It was good for our wrestlers to face them and get that experience. Overall, it was a pretty good Saturday for us.”

The highlight of the meet came at the tail end of the Centennial match when the Irish had to win four straight matches and get some bonus points to rally for the dual win. Connor Busho got the run started with a win at 170 pounds. Kouta Sugii followed with a pin at 182 and Cameron Womack held on for a 9-8 decision at 195. Craig Szymanski completed the rally with a 6-0 decision, giving the Irish enough breathing room to allow for a forfeit at heavyweight.

“Centennial was balanced and gave our ranked guys good, competitive matches,” Larson said. “The guys stepped up with a balanced team effort. There were a couple more matches we could have won, but we got the team win.”

Busho and Adam Hedin each finished the day 3-0 for the Irish. Busho improved his record to 15-6, while Hedin, ranked third in the state at 132 pounds, upped his mark to 19-2.

Jake Baker is 17-4 and Reuben Cephas has a record of 16-5.

The Irish geared up for Saturday’s invite by blowing out Burnsville 71-3 last Thursday at Irish Gym. The Blaze forfeited six of the matches.

Rosemount’s two biggest wins came from Hedin and Payton Otterdahl. Hedin held on for a 4-2 overtime decision over one of Burnsville’s top wrestlers and Otterdahl defeated the Blaze’s top heavyweight, 1-0.

The Irish are back on the mat tonight in Eagan for a triangular against the Wildcats and 11th-ranked Farmington. They then compete in the Eastview Invitational Saturday in Apple Valley.