Apple Valley Wrestler Knows A Thing Or Two About Pushing Through Hardship

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Apple Valley wrestling has dominated the sport in Minnesota for decades, but one of its wrestlers has quite the comeback story.

If you ever think you have it tough — try wrestling.

“I’m just going to push through it. And that’s what wrestling has kind of drilled into me, is that if something’s difficult, you just push through it,” Apple Valley wrestler Sebas Swiggum said.

And Sebas has had a lot to push through. View/continue reading at

Shakopee ends Apple Valley’s decades-long reign

By Brian Jerzak

35 straight trips to the state tournament. 12 straight State titles and 18 of the last 19 titles. Twenty-six total state championships.

That was the history facing the Shakopee Sabers’ wrestling team at Lakeville North High School when they advanced to the Section 2AAA championship match against defending state champion Apple Valley. When 220-pound freshman Tommy Johnson recorded a fall to give his team a ten-point lead with one match to go, the Sabers made history. They would go on to win the match 34-30 and return to State for the first time since 2004.

“It was so intense,” Shakopee junior Tyler Jones said. “Every match counted. They have been to State I think 35 years in a row, and we broke that streak. That feels amazing.” Continue reading

High School Results – Friday, February 16, 2018

Class A Section 4
Eden Valley-Watkins 49 Trinity School at River Ridge 16
Spectrum 62 Minneapolis North Community 18
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 72 Eden Valley-Watkins 3
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40 Norwood-Young America 35
Kimball Area 57 St. Agnes 20
Sibley East 70 Spectrum 10
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 53 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 13
Sibley East 50 Kimball Area 17
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 28 Sibley East 25 Continue reading

South Dakota State 22, North Dakota State 12

Border Bell Stays With The Jacks

Led by technical fall victories from two-time NCAA qualifiers David Kocer and Seth Gross, the South Dakota State wrestling team closed out the dual season with a 22-12 victory over rival North Dakota State before 2,324 fans Friday night at Frost Arena.

In retaining the Border Bell traveling trophy, the 12th-ranked Jackrabbits ran their dual winning streak to 14 matches in improving to 14-2 overall. SDSU also finished undefeated in Big 12 Conference duals for the first time with an 8-0 record. NDSU dropped to 7-10 overall in duals and 1-7 in the Big 12.

Trailing 6-0 through two matches, Kocer put the Jackrabbits on the board with a 16-1 technical fall over Dylan Urbach in the 174-pound match. Ranked 10th and a Wagner native, Kocer scored a two-point near-fall in the first period and added four more back points after his second takedown of the match in the second period for a 10-0 lead. Continue reading

Augsburg 33, UW-Stevens Point 15

MINNEAPOLIS — Picking up wins in seven of the 10 weight classes, the No. 2-ranked Augsburg University wrestling team posted a 33-15 victory over the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in the Auggies final dual meet of the season.

Augsburg, ranked No. 2 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, won seven of the 10 bouts wrestled on Friday, claiming three pins and a technical fall en route to the victory.

Augsburg was led by pins from No. 4-ranked Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS), No. 2-ranked David Flynn (SO, Jordan, Minn./Jordan HS (Scott West)) and No. 2-ranked Lucas Jeske (SO, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS). Continue reading

Minnesota 32 Rider 12

MMinnesota Pins Rider in Regular Season Finale, 32-12

The University of Minnesota (10-8, 4-5 Big Ten) finished the regular season on a high note with a 32-12 victory over Rider (12-5) on the road on Friday night in Lawrenceville, N.J. at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Gophers picked up four bonus-point wins, which included three pins from No. 12 Mitch McKee, Brandon Krone and Dylan Anderson. No. 6 Ethan Lizak also had his third straight tech fall victory at 125-pounds.

“I was impressed with the intensity from the guys today,” head coach Brandon Eggum said after the victory. “The guys did good things in all three areas today, and I think our guys continued what they have done in the past few weeks, and that is to strike first.” Continue reading

Mavericks Rise to No. 11 in NWCA Top-25 Poll

Fayette, Iowa – The Minnesota State wrestling team is now rated No. 11 in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top-25 Poll.

The Mavericks concluded their dual season last week with away matches against the Northern State Huskies and the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs. Minnesota State won both contests with finals scores of 42-3 and 27-6 respectively. The Mavericks are the third rated Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competitor in the Top-25 poll. They trail No.1 St. Cloud State and No. 6 Upper Iowa while the University of Mary, Augustana, Minot State and Northern State are all receiving votes.

The Mavericks have four wrestlers rated nationally in the Individual rankings. They Include Andrew McFall, Daniel Close, Zach Johnston and Corey Abernathy. Continue reading