Class AA: It is a Numbers Game
Numbers do not win wrestling meets. Winning only comes on the mat, but the numbers Simley brings back as they aim to defend their 2019 state title are pretty impressive. Seven state place winners return for the Spartans. That is seven of the fourteen weight classes in which long-time coach Will Short will be able to pencil in a state placewinner.
Kasson-Mantorville, the state team champions in 2017 and 2018, will be back to challenge Simley with three returning state champions of their own. Both teams are grouped together again in Section 1AA, so the state title may once again be decided in Rochester’s Mayo Civic Center on February 15. Here is a look at the “Dirty Dozen”, the top twelve preseason teams in Class AA: