Class AA: An Adventure Into the Unknown
A brighter high school wrestling season is upon us in Minnesota. After last year’s shortened schedule and limited postseason, it will be good to get back to full action this winter. With vaccines available for almost all wrestlers and fans, we should expect a normal season with weekend tournaments followed by the full slate of section and state tournaments.
Simley is the defending state champion after beating Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield by a 68-6 score in last year's final. It was the Spartans third straight state title. This year, they return seven state placewinners and are the favorite to win a fourth straight team title this season.
Individually, eight state champions take the mat again this year. Six of those champions will be defending their Class AA titles while one defends a Class AAA title and another hopes to win his first title since 2018. Bennett Berge, a senior from Kasson-Mantorville, returns as a four-time champion. Berge has the opportunity to become only the seventh five-time state champion in state wrestling history. No Class AA wrestler has ever won five state titles. The last Class AA wrestler to win four state titles was Patrick Kennedy from Kasson-Mantorville in 2020. Bennett’s older brother, Brady Berge, also won four titles for the KoMets.