Fewer Shorts at Simley, but still a powerhouse

There’s a strange shortage of Shorts at Simley.

The top-ranked Spartans, who have won six of the past seven Class 2A team championships, are still coached by Will Short, who is also the school’s athletic director.

The patriarch of Simley wrestling, longtime head coach Jim Short, who was also both a co-coach and an assistant with son Will, died of cancer last May at the age of 67. Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

Minneota seeks wrestling title to go with football crown

Many of the wrestlers on No. 1-ranked Minneota’s roster are making their second trip to the Twin Cities this year hoping for equal success.

Many of the wrestlers on No. 1-ranked Minneota’s roster are making their second trip to the Twin Cities this year hoping for equal success. The Vikings won the Class 1A football championship in November, defeating Dawson-Boyd 28-14. Of their 14 starting wrestlers, 12 played for that team. Eight qualified for the individual tournament as well: Brock Buysse (113 pounds), Brendan Reiss (120), Kyle Hennen (126), Bryce Bruner (36-3), Leo Buysse (152), Nicholas Esping (160), Cole Hennen (195) and Trent Esping (heavyweight). Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

Apple Valley remains master of prep wrestling, but faces contenders

Apple Valley’s string of 10 Class 3A titles could be challenged by St. Michael-Albertville

There is speculation that Apple Valley might face a serious challenge in its quest for a 10th consecutive Class 3A team title and 23rd overall. The source of that speculation is none other than Apple Valley coach Dalen Wasmund.

Wasmund expressed concern that his team, should it reach the finals as expected, will face a battle if the opponent is St. Michael-Albertville.

“They might be more balanced throughout their lineup,” Wasmund said. “We’ve got some great wrestlers, but we’ve got some ups and downs. They’re consistently good and don’t have any holes.” Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

Wolves on the prowl to upset Panthers

For the second consecutive year, the Milaca Wolves will face the Scott West Panthers at the Minnesota State High School League Wrestling Tournament.

But this year, however, the Wolves hope for a different result.

The Panthers (15-2), who enter the state tournament as the No. 3 seed and the No. 6 rated, will face No. 11 rated Wolves (24-8) in the opening round of wrestling action that is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. Continue reading at millelacscountytimes.com

Farmington wrestlers team up for first bid at state title

Farmington is attempting to win a wrestling state team championship for the first time in school history.

Farmington’s wrestling program has had its sights set on one goal since the beginning of the season, and one goal only — making the Class 3A state tournament field of eight teams. Goal accomplished.

The Tigers earned their first state tournament berth with back-to-back thrilling victories in the Section 1 tournament. They defeated Hastings 35-27 in the finals after edging Owatonna 34-30 in the semifinals.

“They definitely put their best effort to date out on the mat against Owatonna and Hastings,” Tigers coach Chad Olson said. “I’m not sure I can put into words on how proud, excited and relieved I am for our wrestlers, coaches, parents and fans.” Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

Totino-Grace wrestling stacked with big guns for state meet

Four upper weight-class stalwarts lead Totino-Grace into the wrestling state meet.

Cypress Hill’s “Insane In The Membrane” blasted through the speakers of the Totino-Grace wrestling room last Thursday. That’s when heavyweight Sam Anderson decided to have some fun.

Between practice matches against teammate Kez Flomo, Anderson bobbed his head and danced to the beat at the center of the mat. Anderson endured a serious injury last season and now embraces fun with his group of experienced teammates while searching for state titles.

“Sam’s the goofball on the team,” Flomo said. “When we’re down, Sam makes us laugh. He just has that smile that makes you want to laugh.” Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

North-metro wrestling well-represented at state

The north metro’s finest wrestlers compete this week in the state tournament at Xcel Energy Center.

The north metro’s finest wrestlers compete this week in the state tournament at Xcel Energy Center. The team portion, which includes Totino-Grace (seeded No. 4 in Class 2A) and Centennial (3A), takes place Thursday. The individual portion takes place Friday and Saturday.

Totino-Grace senior Lance Benick, with a 39-0 record at 195 pounds, will seek his fourth state title. Benick is ranked as the nation’s top wrestler at his weight. Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

Golden era of Moorhead wrestling becoming reborn

Moorhead – Moorhead wrestling coach Skip Toops hears about the ’70s and ’80s when people speak about the golden era of high school wrestling in Moorhead.

He wants to change the subject.

“Everybody associated with Moorhead wrestling always talks about the ’70s and ’80s when Moorhead was a wrestling dynasty,” Toops said. “This team cemented this generation’s legacy, and now when people talk about Moorhead wrestling, they can talk about the teams of 2013, 2014 and 2015.” Continue reading at www.inforum.com