Minneota wins first Class 1A wrestling title

Success on mat follows football championship.

After 28 seasons as Minneota’s head coach, Joel Skillings wasn’t about to worry.

Not when his team, favored to be one the top teams in Class 1A from the outset, got a late start on the season because 12 of his 14 starters were occupied with winning the Class 1A state football championship. Not when he had as many as eight starters miss time because of injury.

There was plenty of time, Skillings thought. And not when they were clinging to a four-point lead. Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

Apple Valley wins 10th title in row on freshman’s pin at heavyweight

The Eagles edged St. Michael-Albertville on a pin at heavyweight by freshman Gable Steveson.

Sometimes it’s a rout. Other times, it’s much closer. The circumstances may change, but the result rarely does.

Apple Valley survived a serious challenge from St. Michael-Albertville, getting a pin from freshman Gable Steveson in the final match to pull out a 36-30 victory for their 10th consecutive Class 3A team championship.

The match was every bit as tight as expected. With both lineups speckled with elite-level wrestlers, it came down to just a few matches with evenly matched wrestlers. Apple Valley won two of those, with Nate Larson getting a pin at 106 pounds and Andrew Walock toughing out a 4-3 decision at 160 pounds. Those wins trumped a 2-1 overtime victory by St. Michael-Albertville’s Zach Dehmer at 120 pounds. Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

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