Apple Valley wins 10th title in row on freshman’s pin at heavyweight

The Eagles edged St. Michael-Albertville on a pin at heavyweight by freshman Gable Steveson.

Sometimes it’s a rout. Other times, it’s much closer. The circumstances may change, but the result rarely does.

Apple Valley survived a serious challenge from St. Michael-Albertville, getting a pin from freshman Gable Steveson in the final match to pull out a 36-30 victory for their 10th consecutive Class 3A team championship.

The match was every bit as tight as expected. With both lineups speckled with elite-level wrestlers, it came down to just a few matches with evenly matched wrestlers. Apple Valley won two of those, with Nate Larson getting a pin at 106 pounds and Andrew Walock toughing out a 4-3 decision at 160 pounds. Those wins trumped a 2-1 overtime victory by St. Michael-Albertville’s Zach Dehmer at 120 pounds. Continue reading at