Wrestling: Hedin, Jackson capture titles
Adam Hedin and Grant Jackson each captured titles for ninth-ranked the Rosemount wrestling team Saturday at the Eastview Invite.
Hedin and Jackson both went undefeated on the day, leading the short-handed Irish to fourth place out of 12 teams with 146 points. Despite missing three regulars from the varsity lineup, the team finished just 1 ½ points off the pace of the host Lightning in the battle for third.
Shakopee outscored Scott West 191-176 1/2 for the team title.
“We had seven wrestlers who did extremely well and a few who had a long day. But fourth is not too bad in a really solid tournament with 12 balanced teams,” Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. “There were a lot of quality wrestlers from top to bottom, and I think we could have been as high as second and battling for first if everyone was there.”
Hedin was named the meet’s Outstanding Wrestler after winning a technical fall and a pair of decisions at 132 pounds. His 5-4 decision in the championship match over the defending state runner-up was the 100th of his career. Just a sophomore, Hedin is the fastest Irish wrestler to reach triple digits.
Jackson plowed through the 145-pound bracket with a pin, two decisions and a major decision.
“It was the best day he’s had all year,” Larson said. “When he is scoring points he is tough to beat.”
Payton Otterdahl and Jake Baker each reached the finals and placed second for the Irish. Koata Sugii entered seeded eighth at 170 pounds and moved up to third, Craig Szymanski placed fourth and Austin Valenzuela placed fifth with a 3-2 record at 160 pounds in his first career varsity tournament.
Last Thursday the Irish split a triangular at Eagan, losing to Farmington 31-29 before defeating the Wildcats 35-26.
“When you lose a dual by two points there are a lot of places you look back where you could have picked up some points. Farmington is a good team with lots of solid wrestlers, so we knew it would be a tight dual,” Larson said. “Eagan is a section and a conference opponent, so it was a good to come back and beat them.”
Baker, Jackson, Szymanski, Otterdahl and Connor Busho each finished the night 2-0. Larson also cited the efforts of Diondre Lodge and Josh Lorenz, who avoided giving up bonus points by wrestling to decision losses against Farmington.
Rosemount returns home for a dual meet against third-ranked Prior Lake tomorrow night at Irish Gym. The team then hosts a triangular against Hopkins and Henry Sibley on Saturday.
“They’re very solid,” Larson said. “This is one we’re going to need to get up for.”