Class AA: A Different Adventure
A lot of things will be different this wrestling season, but in Class AA, a lot of things will remain the same. COVID-19 precautions will make for a season unlike any other, but at the end of the day, look for Simley to once again dominate the competition. The Spartans return seven state finalists and twelve starters from their 2020 state championship team. Four of those finalists won individual state titles. Simley simply looks unbeatable. It seems the only chance they would have of not winning the state title is if there is not a state meet this year.
The global COVID pandemic is going to change what this season looks like. No decisions have been made about the post-season at this point. Anything from a normal tournament series to no section or state competition is possible. For the fall sports, no individual or team state tournaments were held. Girls tennis had team sections, but not individual sections. Anything is possible. I think it is likely that we could have a team state tournament but no individual state tournament. The Minnesota State High School League has indicated they will make decisions about the wrestling post-season at their December 3rd board meeting.
We do have more answers regarding the regular season. Competition will start on December 10th and finish up by February 13th. The big news for this season is that there will not be any Friday or Saturday tournaments. Only dual meets or triangular meets will occur. That is a big change from years past. For the last thirty years, tournaments have been where our wrestlers and teams have sought out the level of competition they are looking for. With only 16 competition dates and 32 total matches per wrestler, this year will certainly give this season a retro 1970s feel.