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Park wrestling: Wolfpack fall to Irish

Park senior Cody Linssen, who is ranked fifth in Class AAA at 220 pounds, won a showdown with 10th ranked Craig Syzmanski, 10-2, but the Wolfpack fell 40-25 to Rosemount. (Submitted photo by Scott Briggs)

Section 3AAA foe Rosemount proved to be too much for the Park wrestling team on Thursday.

Rosemount edged the Wolfpack 40-25 in Rosemount in the non-conference dual.

“Tough loss,” said Park head coach Jim LaBrosse. “I really thought we had a shot to pull this off. We lost all four close matches and it cost us the dual against a team that sent out 10 seniors.”

The Irish jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the match and held on for the win.

For Park, sophomore Collin LaBrosse, who is ranked second at 120 pounds, won with a pin at 132 pounds. Also, senior David Giadyu, who is ranked seventh at 138 pounds, won with a pin at 152 pounds. At 220 pounds, Park senior Cody Linssen, who is ranked fifth in the weight class won a showdown with 10th ranked Craig Syzmanski, 10-2. In addition, Park junior Cory Flatta won 8-4 at 182 pounds and sophomore Parise Hardie won a forfeit at 126 pounds.

“Having most our kids wrestle up a weight class tonight did not benefit us,” Jim LaBrosse said. “Hopefully we get a chance to see them at the end of the year at the team section meet. We are a much tougher team when we are down a weight class. It just gives us more options and eliminates some of the opponents options.”

Next, Park will regroup and get ready for the 64-team Oshkosh On The Water individual tournament on Dec. 27 and 28 in Wisconsin.

Last year, Park had a very good showing there, placing 15th as a team along with four wrestlers placing in their respective weight classes.

“Along with our returning place-winners we had two more that we’re one match away from the medal rounds,” Jim LaBrosse said. “Our team goal is to be in the top 10. It will take at least five or six wrestlers to place for that to happen. I think it can it definitely can happen.”

 -Patrick Johnson

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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