Prep wrestling preview: State titles are ‘never old hat’ for Apple Valley

The pressure to win a third consecutive national championship isn’t a weight the Apple Valley wrestling team will be carrying today at the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.

That’s OK with the Eagles, who are third-ranked nationally and heavily favored to win the Minnesota Class 3A title for the seventh consecutive season and 13th time in the past 14 state tournaments. Continue reading at

Rangers again sending five to state wrestling

The number five continues to be lucky for the Forest Lake wrestling program. This weekend’s individual state tournament marks the fifth straight to include five Rangers.

Forest Lake will send a seasoned crew to the Xcel Energy Center on Friday. The quintet of qualifiers has now combined for 14 state appearances and eight section titles. Continue reading at

G-MR-B wrestlers looking for another title at Minnesota Class A tournament

Isaac Novacek and Alex Yeager each have one Minnesota high school wrestling championship to his credit. But the teammates never match up in the practice room.

“I’ll tell him sometimes, ‘I can take you,’ ’’ Novacek said. “We like to joke around. But we’ve never wrestled. I don’t want to get hurt. He’s too big.” Continue reading at