Apple Valley advances at The Clash
• THE CLASH: Three expected champions and one pleasant surprise will make up Saturday’s championship bracket at The Clash National Wrestling Duals in Rochester.
Apple Valley, Oak Park/River Forest (Ill.) and Bergen (N.J.) Catholic — all No. 1 seeds in their qualifying brackets — emerged undefeated from Friday’s first round of competition and will compete for the overall tournament title Saturday.
They will be joined by Hastings, which was seeded No. 4 in its bracket but qualified for the top bracket as a result of some late-match heroics and the surprising failure of top-seeded Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller.
Hastings trailed Bound Brook (N.J.) 22-2 in the Bracket D finals but rallied to pull out the victory, thanks to four consecutive pins and a major decision to earn its spot in the finals with a 33-26 victory.
Moeller nearly became the first top seed in tournament history to lose all three of its qualifying matches, falling to Woodbury,(Iowa) Central and Grand Island (Neb.) before rallying for a close victory over Independence (Iowa). St. Michael-Albertville lost a chance to defend its 2013 title when it fell to Chicago Marist 44-17 in the opening round semifinals of its bracket.
Top-ranked Eagles top Eastview
• APPLE VALLEY 77, EASTVIEW 49: Tyus Jones scored 17 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 15 to lead the Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, past the Lightning. Jordan Machacek scored 18 points to lead the Lightning.
• BLAINE 93, PARK CENTER 85: Jason Travis scored 31 points to help the Bengals outlast the Pirates. Four other players scored in double figures for the Bengals, who trailed by four at halftime. Lekeyto Lusane scored 30 and Amani Hooker scored 24 to lead the Pirates.
• BLOOMINGTON KENNEDY 52, ROSEMOUNT 49: Connell Lewis scored 18 points, including two free throws in the closing seconds, to help the Eagles top the Irish. Lewis was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
• CHANHASSEN 76, HOLY ANGELS 70: Junior Joey Witthus scored 38 points — 23 in the second half — to lift the Storm over the Stars.
• EDEN PRAIRIE 76, COOPER 74: Andrew Wallace and Aaron Workin each scored 23 points to help the Eagles, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, hold on against the Hawks.
• MINNEHAHA ACADEMY 60, ST. THOMAS ACADEMY 57: Freshman Joevon Walker’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Redhawks over the Cadets.
• SIMLEY 82, CONCORDIA ACADEMY 59: Brothers Sam Stensgard and Jack Stensgard combined for 54 points to spark the Spartans, ranked No. 10 in Class 3A, past the Beacons. Sam Stensgard, scored 31, while Jack Stensgard, a sophomore, scored 23.
• ST. CROIX PREP 77, ST. PAUL HUMBOLDT 59: Junior Michael Gutierrez scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half to help the Lions pull away from a halftime tie.