The Park wrestling team pinned down an impressive finish over the holidays.
Park earned sixth place out of 59 teams at the Oshkosh on the Water Classic held Dec. 27-28 in Wisconsin.
Park totaled 234 points to take sixth, with all 13 Wolfpack wrestlers scoring at least one point toward the total. Coleman, Wis., won the tournament with 321 points.
Park improved from its 15th place finish at the tournament last season.
“Our goal this year was to place in the top 10,” Park head coach Jim LaBrosse said. “We did that and much more. It truly was a total team effort.”
Park had a total of 20 pins in the two-day tournament.
“These guys really went after it trying to win matches and getting major decisions, tech falls and pins for bonus points,” LaBrosse said. “Those extra bonus points were a big part of us taking home the sixth place plaque.”
For Park, four wrestlers reached the podium, which is reserved for the top six places.
Park sophomore Collin LaBrosse took home the championship title at 120 pounds by dominating every opponent he faced.
Collin LaBrosse, who is ranked third in the state at 120 pounds in Class AAA, was the third seed in the tournament and had a bye his first round. He won his first match with a 28-second pin, followed by a 19-4 tech fall in 3 minutes, 40 seconds, another tech fall, 20-5 in 3:06, a 11-2 major decision in the semifinals and a pin in 5:52 in the championship match over top-seeded Ben Vosters (25-1). LaBrosse was winning 16-3 at the time of the pin.
“Collin wrestled the best I have ever seen in his high school career to this point,” Jim LaBrosse said of his state entrant and son. “He really has so much confidence and poise when he steps on the mat.”
In addition to Collin LaBrosse’s championship title, Park senior captains David Giadyu and Cody Linssen each earned second place. Giadyu, who is ranked seventh in the state at 138 pounds and was the fourth seed in the tourney, had a first-round bye, followed by a tech fall in 3:30 a pin in 3:32 a 12-3 major decision, and a 16-7 decision in the semifinals before falling to second-seeded Fritz Schierl of Stevens Point in the finals. Linssen, who is ranked third in the state at 220 pounds, continued to dominate his opponents. After a first-round bye, he won with four-straight pins before losing a hard fought battle, 7-2, to second-seeded Dallas Wanta from Wahtoma (26-0).
Also, Park junior captain Cory Flaata earned fourth place after entering the tournament as the 10th seed in what Jim LaBrosse said was “a very impressive showing at a very tough weight class.”
At 170 pounds, Flaata had a first-round bye, followed by a 3:34 pin, a 9-5 decision and a 10-6 decision over the No. 2 seed, before losing a close 6-4 match to the third seed. He then won 2-0 in the consolation semifinals, before losing 1-0 in the third-place match.
“The key was getting four wrestlers into the semifinals and pushing three of them into the finals,” Jim LaBrosse said. “We were very close to sending all four. It was a great tournament experience for the entire team.”
In addition to the four place-winners, Park’s Garrett Whitehead went 3-2 at 106 pounds, Dan Ruiz was 3-2 at 113 pounds, Austin Thurmes was 2-2 at 126 pounds, Daniel Duval was 3-2 at 132 pounds, Jake Lanik went 2-2 at 145 pounds, Noah Ijohma was 1-2 at 152 pounds, Sam Figlmiller was 2-2 at 182 pounds, Devon Hubbard was 3-2 at 195 pounds and Steven Thongdisyrisack was 2-2 at 285 pounds.
Next up for Park is the fifth-annual District 833 Championship triangular at Woodbury High School on Thursday against intra-district and conference rivals Woodbury and East Ridge. Woodbury is the defending champion.