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Wrestling: Otterdahl, Hedin place fourth at state

Rosemount senior Payton Otterdahl competes at the Class 3A state wrestling meet at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

One more year of experience and training made a big difference for Adam Hedin and Payton Otterdahl.

The Rosemount wrestlers both made early exits in their first career state meet appearances a year ago, combining to drop three out of four matches. On Saturday they both returned to Xcel Energy Center and came away having earned fourth-place finishes and all-state honors.

“It’s tough to get to the podium. All 16 wrestlers that get there are good, so it’s quite an accomplishment for both of them,” Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. “We felt good about the weekend. It gets to be a long couple of days that are physically and mentally draining. They did a great job.”

Otterdahl battled back from a second-round loss to the eventual runner-up at heavyweight with a pair of decisions and a pin in the consolation bracket. A 4-2 weekend moved the senior’s record to 36-7.

“He’s undersized at heavyweight. He’s probably giving up 50-60 pounds against most people he’s going up against,” Larson said. “Based on size alone, for him to finish on the podium is outstanding. He finished ahead of three wrestlers who beat him during the year.”

Hedin opened with a pair of decisions before a loss to the eventual 132-pound runner-up in the semifinals. The sophomore came back to win another decision before being edged 3-2 in the third-place match, leaving his record at 41-6.

“He had one of the tougher weights in the tournament with a lot of guys who could have placed on any given day,” Larson said. “We’re looking for big things from Adam the next two years. He’s put his time in and he wrestles like an upperclassman.”

Rosemount’s third state qualifier, Jake Baker, came away with an 0-2 record after getting a tough draw in the 113-pound bracket. Baker opened with a 6-0 loss to eventual champion Wade Sullivan of Lakeville North and then fell 6-1 to the eventual fourth-place finisher. Baker finished his senior season with a record of 31-12.

“Both matches were close. He wrestled well,” Larson said. “When you get a draw like that — if you were somewhere else in the bracket you might have been able to win some matches.”