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Wrestling: Improving Irish beat Lakeville South, 35-25

Rosemount wrestling coach Brett Larson was hoping his team would begin to hit its stride following the holiday break.

If last week was any indication, the Irish are rounding into form.

Larson knew his team would be down a weight class this season. Add in some early injuries and Rosemount was extremely shorthanded. Last week, mostly at full strength, the results were good.

The Irish beat Lakeville South, 35-25, and went on to win the Tartan tournament on Saturday.

"For the most part, yes, things are going pretty good," Larson said. "We're finally getting everybody there, getting guys back. We're still one weight short, but we probably always will be. We feel pretty good having the guys and back and healthy for the most part."

Larson felt the meet against Lakeville South would be close and the Irish wrestlers pulled it out.

"That's one fall going the other way. Eleven points in wrestling is still pretty close," Larson said. "It could be one pin going the other way. We felt there were three toss-up matches and we won two of them. We felt they could go either way and anytime you can win two of the three, that's pretty good."

Danny Rosa opened with a win for the Irish. Kwame Owusu won a match in his first varsity action. Steve Levine and Tony Marthaler earned pins. Garrett Bothun won by technical fall. Paul Domeier and Hamza Bile won major decisions, and Adam Jackson and Tyler Sandoz also had wins.

The Irish then pulled out a close team victory in the singles tournament at Tartan. Rosemount scored 187 points. North Branch was second with 186.5 and Chaska was third with 182.5.

"That was a very good performance from our guys," Larson said. "They wrestled well and competed. Another injury crept in, so we had 11 guys out of 14. We were three guys short and to win that tournament with only 11 is an outstanding accomplishment."

Larson credited the team's bonus points in matches for pulling out the victory by a single half-point.

"Two big things led to that team championship," Larson said. "We got all the bonus points from falls and as a bonus our conditioning was outstanding. We felt we had a good week of practice and guys are working hard and it showed."

Bothun and Levine each won their respective brackets.

Marthaler, Josh Francois, and Sandoz placed second. Sandoz was making his return from an injury.

Rosa and Jackson finished third in their respective weight classes.

Domeier was fourth.

Bile, Matt Bigelow and Bryce Wilberding were fifth.

"You look at guys in the fifth-place matches and they were scoring key bonus points for us," Larson said.