High School Class AA Preview

Class AA: A Bright New Day

A competitive high school wrestling season looms on the horizon in Minnesota for Class AA. Heavy graduation losses accompanied by an exodus of talent to Class AAA opens up both the team and individual races to the state tournament in March. This season will also see an adjustment in weight classes as we drop to thirteen weights. They will start at 107 pounds. The top four weight classes have been consolidated into three, with a jump from 172 directly to 189, virtually eliminating the old 182-pound class.

Simley is the defending state champion after beating New Prague by a 46-20 score in last year’s final. It was the Spartans' fifth straight state title. This year, they return three state placewinners and are the early favorite to win a seventeenth overall Class AA team title this season.

Individually, six returning state champions take the mat this year. However, only three of those champions will defend their Class AA titles, while three others will move to Class AAA. Jack Nelson, a senior from Mound-Westonka, returns as a three-time champion. Nelson has the opportunity to become the state’s thirty-third four-time champion. The last Class AA wrestler to win four state titles was Tyler Wells from Princeton. He won his fourth title last season. The first four-time champion from a current Class AA school was Marcus LeVesseur from Minneapolis Roosevelt, who won titles from 1998 to 2001.

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