Favorites: Dover-Eyota Eagles and GMLOS Bulldogs
Dark Horses: Chatfield Gophers and Goodhue Wildcats
The Eagles look to be the favorites with nine section place winners, including one state qualifier and seven others with a range of experience. They graduated four seniors last spring, including three section place winners, two of which earned state honors. The Eagles put up 14-8 dual meet marks last season. They are still a young team overall, so look for them to continue to improve throughout the season. They were a top-four seed and were defeated by Caledonia in the quarters in a very close dual meet. They should make a strong challenge for section honors. Their key leaders should include Taylor DeFrang (41-8), who earned fourth place state honors, Gavin Gust (38-10), Brody Kellen (38-10), Trenton Theisen (23-17), Reece Lemke (20-18) and Tyler Shea (20-22).