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Park wrestling: Wolfpack moves up to 15th in Class AAA ranks

Park junior Noah Ijomah and the Wolfpack beat Mounds View and moved up to 15th in the Class AAA state ranks last week. (Submitted photo by Scott Briggs)

With its recent successful run the Park wrestling team moved into the “lean and mean” category on the popular website.

Ranked 15th in Class AAA and unbeaten thus far in the Suburban East Conference, Park kept up its winning ways with a 35-29 win over Mounds View last Thursday.

The win put Park’s record at 7-0 in the SEC on the year.

“It was definitely not our best night, but we managed to hang on and get another SEC win,” Park head coach Jim LaBrosse said.

Park was down 29-25 with just two matches to go, however, senior Cody Linssen delivered a 47-second pin in his match at 220 pounds to put Park up 30-29 and freshman Justin Sabin won by major decision at 285 pounds to seal the deal for the Wolfpack.

In addition, sophomore Collin LaBrosse and junior Cory Flaata won with pins at 126 pounds and 170 pounds, senior David Giadyu won a 17-5 major decision at 145 pounds, eighth grader Garret Whitehead won a 9-7 decision at 106 pounds and junior Jake Lanik won a 6-5 decision over Jack O’Brien, who was previously ranked 10th in Class AAA, at 152 pounds.

“Jake just continues to improve every match,” Jim LaBrosse said.

After beating Mounds View, Park lost its first SEC match of the year – to No. 4-ranked Hastings, 39-20 in Hastings on Friday, then placed seventh at the 12-team Eastview Lightning Invite on Saturday. Park scored 115 points. Shakopee, which is ranked 11th in Class AAA, won the tournament with 191 points.

Park had one champion and three second-place finishers at the invite.

Linssen, who is ranked third in Class AAA at 220 pounds won the championship with a pin of Kenny Gates of Amery, Wis., in 1 minute, 45 seconds.

Collin LaBrosse, who is ranked fourth at 120 pounds in Class AAA with a 25-2 record, finished second at 120 pounds, losing to Shakopee’s Alex Lloyd 11-2 in the championship match. Lloyd is ranked sixth at 120 pounds.

Giadyu, who is ranked sixth at 138 pounds with a 23-4 record, also earned second place, losing 3-0 in the championship to Scott West’s Zach Siegle, who is ranked No. 1 in Class AA.

Flaata, who is unranked at 182 pounds and is 23-4 on the year, took second place as well, falling 14-4 to Derek Dahlke of Scott West in the finals. Dahlke is ranked seventh in Class AA.

Next, the Wolfpack is at White Bear Lake on Thursday, Jan. 23. The Bears are currently ranked 19th in Class AAA.

—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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