Russian orphan found a home in Shakopee wrestling family

Shakopee’s Alex Lloyd claimed his second crown at 145 pounds.

Alex Lloyd lay on his back on a sweaty, crowded wrestling mat underneath the Xcel Energy Center seats after his Class 3A 145-pound semifinals victory Saturday, exhausted and satisfied at the same time.

This certainly wasn’t an extravagant place to lay his head. It may not even have been comfortable. Considering Lloyd’s past, however, there was no place he would rather be.

The heavily muscled Shakopee junior later won his second consecutive 145-pound state championship, worlds away from the Russian orphanage in suburban Moscow where he spent the first six years of his life and where Bill and Karen Lloyd found him and his younger brother, Jake.

“I’m very lucky, very fortunate,” Lloyd said. “If I hadn’t been adopted, I don’t know where I’d be.” Continue reading at

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