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Park wrestling: Wolfpack upset by White Bear Lake

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The Park wrestling team took a couple of lumps last week.

Park lost only its second Suburban East Conference match of the year, 37-32 at White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 28, then went 1-1 at a home triangular on Saturday, Feb. 1, against section foes Henry Sibley and Eagan.

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In its match against White Bear Lake, Park had a number of wrestlers not able to cut enough weight to wrestle at their preferred weight class, according to head coach Jim LaBrosse.

“We did not wrestle to our ability and gave up too many pins and lost two close matches,” LaBrosse said. “Not having our guys down to weight definitely hurt us.”

For Park, sophomore Collin LaBrosse won 20-5 at 126 pounds, senior David Giadyu won 11-4 at 152 pounds, juniors Noah Ijomah and Cory Flaata won with pins at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively, and senior Cody Linssen and freshman Justin Sabin won forfeits at 220 pounds and 285 pounds, respectively.

Park recovered from the loss and welcomed Section 3AAA foes Henry Sibley and Eagan to Cottage Grove on Saturday.

At the triangular, Eagan beat Henry Sibley 40-24, Park beat Henry Sibley 43-29 and Eagan edged Park 36-34.

Against Henry Sibley, eighth grader Garrett Whitehead won 19-4 at 106 pounds, Collin LaBrosse won with a pin at 120 pounds, junior Daniel Duval won with a pin at 132 pounds, Giadyu won 16-0 at 138 pounds, Flaata won with a pin at 160 pounds, sophomore Devin Hubbard won a 3-2 decision at 182 pounds and Linssen won with a pin at 220 pounds.

In the loss to Eagan, Collin LaBrosse won 15-9 at 120 pounds, Duval won 1-0 at 132 pounds, Giadyu won with a pin, junior Jake Lanik won with a pin at 152 pounds, Flaata won 18-5, Linssen won by forfeit and Sabin won with a pin at 285 pounds.

As of Jan. 24, Park is ranked 15th in Class AAA as a team. Collin LaBrosse is No. 5 at 120 pounds, Giadyu is sixth at 138 pounds, Flaata is ninth at 160 pounds and Linssen is third at 220 pounds.

Next, Park hosts a triangular on Friday, Feb. 7, at Park High School against Wayzata and Burnsville.

—Patrick Johnson

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