Rockin’ the Xcel Energy Center

By Brian Jerzak

One day after the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament concluded, the Xcel Energy Center transitioned into a concert venue to host Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. The ‘X’ has hosted countless rock groups over the years. But with all due respect to The Boss, the best rock performance of the weekend wasn’t a group from New Jersey – it was from a group from Luverne.

Two of the hardest-working non-wrestlers in attendance during the individual tournament were Davey and Shayla Rock. Following one kid at the state tournament is stressful enough. The Rocks were tracking not one, not two, not three, but four of their kids during the two-day tournament. None of those kids would help out their parents by going one and done either – all four kids placed. Each kid wrestled about as many matches as possible at the individual tournament. As hectic as it was for the four kids and two parents, they would not have had it any other way.

“It was a lot of fun,” Davey said. “The boys are 160 and 170, so their wrestling overlapped or at least back-to-back for most matches. When we got to the placing round, the girls were wrestling at the same time as the boys. We were literally watching three matches at the same time. It was really exciting. Just one match is exciting, but three matches – it was a big infusion of adrenaline.”

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