Irish grapplers host home quadrangular short-handed
The Rosemount Irish wrestling team took their lumps Saturday, Jan. 27, when they hosted Shakopee, Burnsville and Roseville in a quadrangular at Rosemount High School. Missing some of their varsity wrestlers due to a ninth-grade tournament, as well as illness and injury, the Irish put the best lineup out that they could and went from there.
While Rosemount struggled against third-ranked (in class 3A) Shakopee, they were competitive against Burnsville and Roseville. The Irish fell to the Sabres 60-15, lost to Burnsville 43-34 after a late charge in the upper weights and were beaten by Roseville 47-27.
"Today was a tough day because we were missing some of our varsity guys," coach Tyler Cookas said. "Some guys who filled in just don't quite have the experience of the varsity guys, which makes it tough to compete at the highest level that you can."
Despite the difficulties, Cookas did say that they saw flashes from those wrestlers who had to step up.
"We had a couple of guys who put themselves in the position to win, and this is where that lack of experience comes in, they weren't able to," he said. "But they wrestled very competitively and they certainly didn't quit, they wrestled hard."
With sections coming up in mid-to-late February, Cookas said he is looking forward to seeing what the Irish will be able to do.
"I think for team sections, for the first time this season we are going to have a full team, we're going to have everyone," he said. "We had some younger guys, one was injured for the first half of the season, and others have been out with concussions and injuries. The big thing is we will have everyone. It's the best time to have it, we'll definitely be a competitive team in sections and when you have everyone, you put yourself in the position to be successful."
Three Irish wrestlers won three straight matches against Shakopee. Junior Zach Young won by a 9-8 decision at 170 pounds, in the next match Nathan Putnam won by injury forfeit at 182 pounds and junior Kameron Werk won by fall at 195 pounds.
Rosemount managed six wins against Burnsville, including the last five weight classes, all by pin fall. Senior Artur Un won by a 11-2 major decision at 132 pounds over Jordan Scott. Young pinned Joel Joubert in two minutes and 26 seconds (2:26) at 170 pounds; senior Nathan Weesner won by pin fall over Elijah Harrandaz in 3:53 at 182 pounds; Putnam pinned Jarrett Berg in the first period at 195 pounds; Werk got his second pin of the day against Carter Wood at 220 pounds; and junior Ezayah Oropeza (ranked sixth in class 3A at 220 pounds) moved up to heavyweight where he won by pin fall over Nick Hudson in 1:15.
The final dual against Roseville saw several forfeits for both teams (seven total). Rosemount forfeited at 106 and 120 pounds, while Roseville forfeited 113, 195, 220 and heavyweight. Un had Rosemount's sole victory with his second win of the day at 132 pounds with an 8-3 decision over Kyaw Ku Shee.
The Irish currently have two wrestlers ranked according to The Guillotine; Oropeza is sixth at 220 pounds in class 3A and junior Max Otterdahl is fifth at 285 (heavyweight).
Rosemount has just three duals/tournaments left before sections. They travel to Apple Valley on Thursday, Feb. 1, compete in a tournament at Blaine on Saturday, Feb. 3, and then host their final dual of the regular season against Lakeville North on Thursday, Feb. 8.