Class 3A: St. Michael-Albertville returns to the top with authority

Big early lead over Stillwater produces first Class 3A wrestling championship since 2018.

Top-seeded St. Michael-Albertville, which entered the championship match a perfect 23-0, raced to a big lead Thursday at Xcel Energy Center and cruised to a 39-27 victory over Stillwater to win the Class 3A wrestling state title, its first since 2018.

The Knights began their pursuit of perfection Thursday by taking down Apple Valley, a team with whom they share a significant history. Apple Valley had met St. Michael-Albertville in the Class 3A finals six times in the past 15 years, with the Eagles winning five and the other ending in a tie resulting in co-champions in 2013.

But Apple Valley hadn’t been in the tournament since 2017 as it retooled its program. St. Michael-Albertville quickly took control, jumping to a 39-3 lead en route to a 45-19 quarterfinals victory. Continue reading at →