Kevin Ahern to be inducted into Simley High School Hall of Fame

By Matt Krumrie

It’s no secret wrestlers are tough, hardworking, and resilient.

Kevin Ahern was all of those and more as a student-athlete, wrestler, and football player at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights in the late 1980s. After high school, Ahern went on to become an All-American wrestler at the University of St. Thomas, and for these accomplishments, and more, he is being inducted into the Simley High School Hall of Fame Friday, September 13 at halftime of the Simley football game against North Saint Paul.

Ahern – the 1988 Simley High School Male Athlete of the Year, finished in the top 10 in his class, was a three-time state qualifier, two-time state placewinner, 1988 state runner-up, and key member of Simley’s 1987 and 1988 state championship wrestling teams – the first in school history. He also earned Academic All-State honors in wrestling and finished his career with a record of 102-28-2.

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2019 Cadet world-teamer Ryan Sokol decommits from Iowa wrestling, re-opens recruitment

Minnesota prep Ryan Sokol made waves last October when he became the nation’s first 2021 wrestler to announce his college decision. At the time, he gave his pledge to Tom Brands and the Iowa wrestling program.

On Monday, Sokol informed the Des Moines Register that he has decided to decommit from the Hawkeyes and re-open his recruitment.

“It was a hard choice,” Sokol wrote in a text message to the Register. “The Iowa community was great to me. I just wanted to open up my recruitment a bit and see what’s out there.” Continue reading at www.hawkcentral.com

Sokol goes 1-1 at Cadet World Championships

Simley wrestler Ryan Sokol went 1-1 at the UWW Cadet World Championships on July 29th in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sokol, who wrestled Freestyle at 65 kg (143.3 lbs.), defeated Ionut Vintila of Moldova 10-0 in the round of 32. He then lost to Davit Patsinashvili of Georgia 12-0 in the Round of 16. Sokol was eliminated from competition when Patsinashvili lost in the semifinals.

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Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award state, regional winners announced

Greg Kerkvliet recognized as Minnesota winner

STILLWATER, Okla. — The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the state and regional winners of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).

The DSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

The Hall of Fame will announce the state and regional winners of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA) on Monday. The TSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior female wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

Regional winners for both awards are selected from state winners, and the national winners will be chosen from the regional winners.

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Simley’s Greg Kerkvliet Chosen as 2019 Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler

Simley’s four time state champion, Greg Kerkvliet has been chosen as the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association’s Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler for 2019. Kerkvliet completed an undefeated senior season by claiming his fourth state championship with a first period pin in the state finals. The Cadet World Champion has represented Simley High School and Minnesota wrestling in a very impressive fashion. Please read the letter below from Simley Head Coach to understand how impressive has been throughout his career.

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Simley wins three of four swing matches – heads back to State

By Brian Jerzak

In a perfect world, Kasson Mantorville and Simley should be meeting in the state semi-finals or even the finals. For the second straight year, they instead met in the Section 1AA finals with a trip to State on the line. After both teams rolled through the quarters and semis, the matchup everyone expected got going.

Simley head coach Will Short expected the dual to hinge on four swing matches – the first of which started the meet. It did not go the way the Spartans wanted.

Kasson Mantorville’s 106-pound senior Jace Minelli was taken down in period one and was not given the benefit of the doubt on a possible escape near the edge of the mat to keep the score 2-0. After Minelli was ridden out in the second period, the third period started on the feet with the senior down 2-0. He got in on a single leg, converted the takedown and rode out the remainder of the period to force overtime. Minelli would get an escape in the first overtime and was able to ride out his opponent for a critical win and a 3-0 lead.

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