Park fell 37-25 to White Bear Lake Jan. 22 in a match that continued some of the Wolfpack’s struggles in duals this season.

“We’re not very good at duals right now. It’s been tough,” Park head coach Jim LaBrosse said. “We’re a better tournament team.”

That much was on display a day later, as Park placed second in the eight team tournament at the Chisago Lakes Legends Tournament. The Wolfpack finished with 178 team points, finishing only behind a powerhouse Simley squad.

“We had some nice matchups and our kids fought well, so that was fun,” LaBrosse said. “To take second out of eight teams was good, too. We needed that right now.”

Park is seeing its talent at the heavier weights in the lineup develop. Both Devin Hubbard and Justin Sabin turned in pins at 220 pounds and 285 pounds against White Bear Lake, and both wrestlers finished second in their respective brackets in Chisago Lakes.

“They’ve made great improvements in the last month,” LaBrosse said. “Justin had his elbow injury and was out for three weeks so it’s just good to have him back. He’s showing confidence and the elbow isn’t hurting him, so that’s the big thing. He’s got a lot of potential.”

“Devin Hubbard, he’s probably 6-1 in his last seven matches, so he’s starting to step up and it’s fun to see,” he added.

LaBrosse hoping to see the rest of the team step up around Park’s cornerstone wrestlers Collin LaBrosse and Cory Flaata as sections near.

Both Flaata and LaBrosse delivered wins against White Bear Lake and performed well in Chisago Lakes.

Flaata recorded three pins en route to a first place finish in the 170 pound bracket.

“Cory walked right through it,” Jim LaBrosse said. “He had a great tournament.”

Collin LaBrosse essentially walked right through to the finals, but fell in a tight 6-5 decision to Simley’s Anthony Jackson -- the No. 3 Class AA wrestler in the state at 126 pounds -- at 132 pounds.

While LaBrosse doesn’t like to lose, Jim LaBrosse said those types of tight defeats against top competition help prepare guys for the postseason.

“You’re going to have some tight matches and you’ve got to learn to try to hold on to try to find a way to win,” LaBrosse said. “You want him to have a few losses before you step into the big show so they know that feeling and they wrestle a little tougher.”

Park had a bevy of other wrestlers finish third in Chisago Lakes, including Bailey Thurmes at 106 pounds Garrett Whitehead at 120 pounds, Dan Ruiz at 126 pounds and Robert Marrier at 285 pounds.

Park next hits the mats Jan. 30 in a home triangular against section foes Eastview and Henry Sibley.

“We’ll see what happens,” Jim LaBrosse said. “We’ll see where we shake up with that for sections, so it’s kind of an exciting time of year for us.”