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Wrestling: Grapplers second at Blaine

Bonus points kept the ninth-ranked Rosemount wrestling team from picking up a first-place finish at Saturday’s Blaine Invitational.

The Irish won 7 of 14 matches in the championship dual against Coon Rapids, but five pins helped the Cardinals earn a 38-31 win over the Irish and capture first place at the eight-team invite.

“We had three good duals before that and in the last one we just came up short. You hope you don’t have too many of those during the year, but sometimes you have one where you just don’t give your best effort,” Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. “Coon Rapids lost to Elk River earlier in the week, so they came in ready to roll and had a good day.”

The Irish defeated Elk River 38-16 earlier in the day. They also had no trouble disposing of Blaine, 46-16.

Five Rosemount wrestlers finished the day 3-0: Reuben Cephas, Jake Baker, Adam Hedin, Connor Busho, Kouta Sugii and Payton Otterdahl.

The Irish won 11 of 14 matches last Thursday as they settled into third place in the South Suburban Conference with a 54-14 dual win at Lakeville South. Top-ranked Apple Valley and third-ranked Prior Lake occupy the top two spots, and the Irish can lock up third with a win over Lakeville North in tonight’s regular season finale.

Cephas, Hedin, Busho, Sugii, Otterdahl, Craig Szymanski and Josh Lorenz all won via pin. Baker won by major decision and Diondre Lodge, Roman Burridge and Cameron Womack scored decisions.

“We had five wrestlers who wrestled up a weight and won. It’s a credit to those guys to help the team,” Larson said. “They stepped up a weight and that’s not easy to do.”