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Park sophomore Collin LaBrosse, ranked fifth at 120 pounds in Class AAA, defeated 10th-ranked Andy Andress of White Bear Lake 13-5 in the opening round of the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Park wrestling: LaBrosse advances, Giadyu and Linssen take losses in state tournament first round

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Park wrestling: LaBrosse advances, Giadyu and Linssen take losses in state tournament first round
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Park’s Collin LaBrosse is advancing at the 2013-14 State Wrestling Tournament, however, David Giadyu and Cody Linssen will need a little help after losing in the first round of the Class AAA bracket on Friday, Feb. 28.

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LaBrosse, a sophomore ranked fifth at 120 pounds in Class AAA, defeated 10th-ranked Andy Andress of White Bear Lake 13-5 in the opening round of the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

LaBrosse (38-3) took a 4-2 lead in the first period and expanded it to 9-3 with a nearfall and a takedown in the second period. He then added two takedowns of Andress (27-7) in the third period and held on for the win.

Giadyu, a senior ranked sixth at 138 pounds, was upset by unranked Blake Olhausen of Alexandria (32-9) in the first round. Giadyu (34-6) led for the majority of the match, but lost his lead late in the third period, then was pinned with 21 seconds left by Olhausen, a sophomore.

Linssen, a senior ranked third in Class AAA at 220 pounds, drew No. 2-ranked Prior Lake junior Alex Hart. Hart (42-3) led for the entire match in the 7-6 decision. Linssen nearly pulled off the win at the end as two stalling calls on Hart cut his lead to 7-6 just before the clock struck zero.

LaBrosse got some good news as No. 3-ranked Sam Bennyhoff of Mound-Westonka (39-1) was upset 8-4 by unranked Blaine sophomore Malik Stewart in the first round. LaBrosse will now face Stewart (29-2) in the second round.

Giadyu and Linssen need their first-round opponents to win their second-round matches later tonight in order to stay alive. Olhausen faces tenth-ranked White Bear Lake junior Elijah Muedeking (30-6) in round two. Hart will battle unranked Rochester John Marshall junior Kenny Maclin (25-7) in the Class AAA second round, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

—Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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