St. Michael-Albertville topples Shakopee for Class 3A state title

Kasson-Mantorville wins Class 2A; Zumbrota-Mazeppa wins Class 1A

Too many times, St. Michael-Albertville has come close to state titles, only to have victory snatched away late.

On countless occasions, Apple Valley proved just one guy too deep to keep the Knights from climbing to the top of the ladder. Even in 2013, when the Knights did win that elusive big school crown, they were forced to share it with the Eagles.

Not on Thursday night. Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Simley provides the drama, goes three for three at Foley

By Brian Jerzak

What a great night of wrestling at Foley High School Friday night.

It is always a treat to watch the high-level guys compete up close and personal. The skill possessed by guys like Simley’s Cael Berg, Jake Gliva and Daniel Kerkvliet, Patrick McKee from St. Michael-Albertville and Mitch Trigg from Foley is always a treat.

In a quad with blue blood wrestling programs like Simley, STMA and Foley I came into the night not expecting to come away after the first pair of dual meets most impressed by the only unranked team in the Falcons’ gymnasium Friday night. Although Bemidji lost their opening dual against Simley, they put on a show for the fans.

Trailing 10-0 and then 17-5 the Lumberjacks used a string of bonus point victories together to take a six-point lead with two matches to go. When facing the Spartans however, having a lead late doesn’t mean much when Daniel Kerkvliet and Like Zaiser anchor the lineup. Both Spartans’ wrestlers did what was expected and put up 12 team points to win the dual 37-31. Continue reading