Simley continues its wrestling dynasty in Class 2A

The late Jim Short inspired Spartans to a seventh title in eight years.

The Simley wrestling team won its seventh Class 2A title in the past eight years on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center, defeating Albert Lea 34-21.

But it was the first title for the program since the passing of head coach Will Short’s father, Jim. The legendary head coach, who had his hand in the school’s previous 10 championships, lost his battle with cancer in May.

“I know he was here tonight,” said Simley senior Jack Ryan, who concluded the final with a pin at heavyweight. “There’s a reason things went the way they went. Continue reading at

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