Northfield’s Graber makes history – in 89 seconds

By Brian Jerzak

89 seconds.

That is how long Northfield’s Caley Graber took to make Minnesota high school wrestling history. Wrestling in the first round of the boys’ Class AAA 107 bracket, she quickly got a takedown and locked up a turn to get a fall late in the first period. When the referee slapped the mat, Graber became the first girl to win a boys’ state tournament match. Although it only took 89 seconds of mat time, it is a goal Graber has been shooting for much longer.

“It has been a goal of hers (winning in the boys’ state tournament) for a long time,” Northfield head coach Geoff Staab said. “This year, that was her goal from day one. She has competed with the boys her whole life. She has been our 107-pounder all year. She placed second at the Rumble (on the Red) this year. She has shown she can wrestle with the boys and beat them.”

When match day arrived, Graber and the coaching staff had a plan.

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