Eagle wrestlers going about their business

With new coaching roles settled, Apple Valley seeks 13th consecutive state title

The last thing a team with a 12-year state championship streak needs is a shakeup at the top, and Apple Valley’s wrestling squad has avoided that.

Oh, the Eagles have a new head coach — Josh Barlage, who had been an assistant in the program since 2007. But many of the same coaches who guided the Eagles for the last decade or more have remained, including Dalen Wasmund, who was the Eagles’ head coach the last five years and remains with the program as an assistant coach.

In practice, “as far as being in the room, on the mat, I don’t really see a difference,” said Eagles junior Sebas Swiggum, who’s ranked fifth in Class 3A at 138 pounds. “Coach Wasmund is still up here. We still have the same people.”

When Barlage was hired last summer as the fourth head coach in Apple Valley High School wrestling history, he said he planned to speak with Wasmund about staying with the team, and it became clear that was a priority. Continue reading at www.hometownsource.com