The Roseville Area High School wrestling team opened the post-season on Saturday in the Section 4AAA team tournament. The Raiders were the fifth seed and lost 61-12 to fourth-seeded Stillwater in the quarterfinals.
Roseville finishes the season with a dual record of 11-14. Among the highlights were Suburban East Conference victories over Cretin-Derham Hall and East Ridge. The Raiders also beat all six teams it faced from the St. Paul City Conference and picked up wins over Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village, Brooklyn Center/Concordia Academy and North St. Paul.
The North Polars ventured into enemy territory at Tartan for a Classic Suburban Conference wrestling match Jan. 15 and saw the Tartan grapplers dominate their efforts in a 72-0 blitz.
“We met our expectations,” offered Tartan head coach Dan Recchio. “This win gives us second place in the conference behind, who else, Simley. We expected this outcome.”
The Titans have their eyes on their next goal, Recchio explained.
A few years ago the Roseville Area High School wrestling team found itself with a senior-heavy lineup, which helped the team finish above .500. The problem with that situation is that it left the Raiders with a thin senior class last year, when they won just three dual meets.
Head coach Mike Holmes and his staff have retooled the roster and are shooting for a quick turnaround.
The Tartan Titans wrestling team is expected to challenge perennial-favorite Simley for the Classic Suburban Conference title this season.
Simley, which has a long tradition of sending wrestlers to the state tournament, is the defending CSC champion.