Apple Valley • wrestling
This sort of thing just doesn’t happen in a championship match.
Steveson, who had won consecutive Class 3A individual titles at 220 pounds in 2015 and 2016, took the mat Saturday evening for the 2017 heavyweight championship match against Anoka’s Brandon Frankfurth, a very good wrestler in his own right.
The pair shook hands, the whistle to start the match was blown and the wrestling commenced. Eleven seconds later, it was over. Steveson had just recorded his 41st pin in 42 matches in stunning fashion.
Gasps throughout Xcel Energy Center all carried a “Did you see that?” tone.
It was nothing new for Steveson, however. The junior hasn’t lost a high school match since the eighth grade and owns a pair of World Cadet Championship titles. Being the baddest dude in the ring is what fuels his fire.
“I know that people are looking at me and that I’ve been dominant,” Steveson said. “It just makes me want to go out and be even more dominant.”
Minnesota high school wrestlers, you’ve been warned.
Andover • basketball
The senior guard, who has signed to play at DePaul, did what she’s done all season: Pace the Huskies to victory. She scored 27 points in a 72-41 victory over Duluth East and 23 in a 60-38 victory over St. Francis in the Class 4A, Section 7 tournament.
Hill-Murray • basketball
The 6-foot-3 senior guard finished the regular season as the leading scorer in the metro, averaging 30.9 points per game and topping 40 points five times. He also broke the Hill-Murray career scoring record and currently has 1,521 career points.
Park Center • basketball
The future Florida Gator had back-to-back double-doubles in the Class 4A, Section 5 tournament. The senior post had 17 points and 18 rebounds in a 67-28 victory over Spring Lake Park, and 10 points and 15 boards in a 67-47 romp over Roseville.
Shakopee • wrestling
Jones completed his high school career as one of just 24 wrestlers in state history to win four or more individual state titles. He won his fourth championship Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Willmar’s Clay Carlson in the Class 3A 132-pound final.
Rosemount • basketball
With head coach Chris Orr recuperating from a heart attack suffered the night before, the Irish upset No. 2-seeded Apple Valley 61-58 in the Class 4A, Section 3 semifinals. Olson scored 22 points, highlighted by a game-tying three-pointer with 1 minute, 46 seconds left.
Minnetonka • swimming
The senior had four first-place finishes, leading the Skippers to the Class 2A team championship. Schilling, who has signed with Virginia, anchored the record-setting 200- and 400-yard relay teams and won the 100- and 200-yard freestyles.
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