Plenty of talent back for the Sabers to dominate on the mat

No. 10 Shakopee seeking sixth straight trip to state

Expectations remain high for the Shakopee wrestling team.

The perennial power Sabers return six state qualifiers — seniors Jadon Hellerud, AJ Smith and Leo Tukhlynovych, sophomores Kyle Linville and Tyler Turzinski and ninth grader Kyler Walters — from last year’s squad that finished 28-5 overall, won the Section 6AAA crown and finished third at state.

Second-year coach Alex Van Krevelen said the goal for the team this season is to get back to the state tournament and make the championship match again.

“A lot of people around the Minnesota wrestling community think Shakopee’s time of domination has run its course,” Van Krevelen said. “For those close to the program, they know that our young hungry group are busting their butts and ready to prove to our supporters that were still here.” Continue reading at →

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