Park wrestling: Linssen pulls off first-round upset, advances to quarterfinalsPark sophomore Cody Linssen, ranked 10th in the 195-pound weight class, beat Sartell-Saint Stephen junior Brady Goebel, who is ranked eighth, in the first round on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
Park sophomore Cody Linssen pulled off an upset in the opening round of the Class AAA state wrestling tournament.
Linssen, ranked 10th in the 195-pound weight class, beat Sartell-Saint Stephen junior Brady Goebel, who is ranked eighth, with a 14-9 decision in the first round on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
In his first state tournament appearance, Linssen (33-3) was taken down four times in the first period and was behind 8-3, after period No. 1. However, Linssen owned the second period, scoring a takedown and two nearfalls to take an 11-8 lead into the third period. With Goebel (33-5) noticeably more worn out than Linssen, the Wolfpack wrestler scored another nearfall in the third period for a 14-8 advantage and held on for the win.
Linssen now faces Shakopee senior Scott Bode (34-5) in the quarterfinals tonight, Friday, March 2. Quarterfinals begin at 5 p.m. A win over Bode, who is ranked sixth in Class AAA, would move Linssen into the semifinals on Saturday, March 3, at 11:15 a.m. A loss to Mass would put Linssen in the consolation bracket and force him to wrestle again tonight, Friday, March 2, in the “wrestlebacks” beginning at 8 p.m. Bode won his first-round match 12-4 over seventh-ranked Caleb Butler of Blaine.