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Add another honor to the growing list of awards won by Apple Valley senior wrestler Destin McCauley.
McCauley, who completed a perfect senior year with a 49-0 record, winning the Class 3A 152-pound championship and helping the Eagles to their sixth consecutive Class 3A championship and the consensus National Championship, was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Senior Wrestler of the Year.
McCauley completed his career as the winningest high school wrestler in Minnesota history, compiling a 286-7 record and 195 pins. He will wrestle at Wisconsin in 2012 after taking a year to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Not a whole lot of drama this afternoon at the X. The most tense it got around here was when a shy results runner cautiously walked up to Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns - who peeked in on the action after returning from practice at St. Thomas Arena - and asked if he would pose for a picture with her. The All-Star happily obliged.
OK - so there was SOME action, of course. The loudest it got was when Forest Lake's Ben Morgan came thisclose to pinning Apple Valley's Mark Hall in the first period of their Class 3A 130-pound semifinal. That gave Morgan a 5-0 lead, but Hall - a seventh grader ranked No. 1 in the state and as high as 13th nationally by one publication - rallied for an 8-6 win in sudden victory overtime.
Some fans actually booed afterwards, some because they felt Morgan had executed a pin (and it was very close) and some because Hall - who moved here by way of Michigan and Kentucky - just simply rubs people the wrong way for coming here. One person yelled "GO BACK TO MICHIGAN" after Hall won. It got a laugh.
Other than that, not too much to note. No major upsets, no real drama like I said.
There was a scary moment in the Class 2A, 130-pound consolation round when Simley's Mack Short was knocked unconscious after hitting his head on the mat. Paramedics were called, and Short, a freshman, was taken off on a stretcher. I caught up with Will Short - Mack's dad and the Spartan's head coach - a little while later and he assured me everything was OK. He said Mack wanted to walk off the mat after coming to, but trainers put the kibosh on that pretty quick.
Amelia Rayno and I will have you covered tonight for the championships. I'll be tweeting updates every now and again, so go ahead and give me a follow @stensation.
Here is a list of defending champions (2010 weight listed second) in action tonight:
No surprise here, but it's impressive nonetheless.
Apple Valley showed why it is the nation's top-ranked team, advancing 11 wrestlers to the state semifinals Friday after dominating performances. They were (opening-round and quarterfinal results):
Seth Gross, 103: (15-0, 9-1)
Jordan Kingsley, 112: (5-2, 14-7)
Dakota Trom, 125: (18-3, 13-3)
Mark Hall, 130: (16-1, 14-2)
Matt Kelliher, 135: (pin, 6-3)
Brandon Kingsley, 140: (pin, pin)
Daniel Woiwor, 145: (6-0, 10-1)
Destin McCauley, 152: (pin, pin)
Steven Keogh, 160: (pin, pin)
Jake Waste, 171: (pin, 18-2)
Matt Hechsel, 189: (4-2, 15-0)
Yep. Pretty dominant
So that's obviously the talk of the tournament heading into Saturday.
In other news, Elissa Reinsma's dream has ended. The Fulda/Murray County Central senior 103 pounder - who in 2009 became the first girl ever to make the state tournament - lost her consolation round match this evening. She got down early to Scott West's Luke Betchwars and was never able to recover. She did put a nice two-point reversal on display, but it was too little of an effort.
That couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to White Bear Lake heavyweight Donny Longendyke. Since having his 88-match win streak snapped in the section finals last week, the defending Class 3A champ has been a man on a mission. Even in the corridors of this massive building Longendyke looks like a beast in the way he's been walking around.
On the mats? How about five first-period pins so far ... yikes.
We'll kick off the semifinals in all three classes in a little more than 12 hours. Talk with you mat-heads (and you're out there; attendance today for each session was over 10,000) then. Remember, if you want more current updates from here (and high school sports as a whole), follow me on Twitter @stensation
The controlled mayhem that is the first round of the Individual Meet at the Wrestling State Meet has concluded. Thing went pretty much as expected, with no real upsets or surprises to speak of.
All three of Irondale's Weinmann brothers are still alive. Twin sophomores Ryan and Dustin won their matches at 103 and 112 pounds, respectively, and junior Derek pinned his opponent at 140 pounds.
Team champion Apple Valley was almost perfect in the first round, with 12 of the Eagles 13 qualifiers advancing to the quarterfinals
White Bear Lake heavyweight Donny Longendyke looks like a man on a mission. The defending champion had his streak of 88 consecutive victories broken in the Section 4 finals, losing to longtime rival Brock Horwath of Stillwater. In four matches so far (including Thursday's team competition), Longendyke has four pins, all in the first period.
Horwath, by the way, also won his first round match, pinning his opponent in 55 seconds
Eight wrestlers from Simley's state champs are hanging tough.
The two undefeated heavyweights, Jesse Hein of Perham and defending champion Austin Goergen of Caledonia/Houston, both won. They are in opposite side of the bracket, setting up a potential gargantuan match-up in the finals.
All three undefeated wrestlers at 152 pounds won. Two of them, No. 1-ranked Anthony Caputo of Crookston and No. 2-ranked Brett Pfarr of Le Sueur-Henderson, will wrestle each other in the quarterfinals. The prize? A likely chance to meet another undefeated wrestler, Joe Franta of Blue Earth Area.
Cooper Moore of Jackson County Central won the Taking-One-For-The-Team award Thursday. Undefeated and ranked No. 1 at 160 pounds, he wrestled up two weights in the Huskies team championship match against Frazee. He was pinned by Kody Sorenson, who was ranked No. 1 at 189, sacrificing his undefeated record. Moore bounced back Friday, winning by tech fall.
The mayhem begins again in a little more than an hour. Should be fun.
Elissa Reinsma's dream of winning a state championship ended this morning at Xcel Energy Center. In the Class 2A 103-pound opening round, Reinsma was shut out 7-0 by Foley's Tristan Manderfeld, the state's No. 2-ranked wrestler in Class 2A at that weight.
She now sits on pins and needles waiting to see if she gets a wrestleback, which would keep her in the running for a medal.
Against Reinsma and in front of a large crowd on Mat 3, Manderfeld scored a takedown midway through the first period and rode it out including three back points for a 5-0 lead. The rest of the way it was a chess match, with Manderfeld skillfully showing his talents.
Afterward, Reinsma - who became the state's first female to qualify for the state tournament in 2009 - was visibly and verbally upset.
She later explained her frustration.
"He's good; No. 2 in the state and you have to wrestle your best to beat the best like that," she said. "I needed to wrestle like I know how to, and after getting down right away it got in my head."
Coach Dan Blankenship gave credit where credit was due.
"She got thumped on," he said. "She made a mistake or two, but you gotta give credit to the Foley kid. He's tough."
Reinsma now has to wait to see if she makes the 103-pound wrestlebacks. If Manderfeld wins his quarterfinal match this afternoon, Reinsma will earn a spot in the 8 p.m. session.
"I don't want to be a one-and-out; I don't want to be a two-and-out," she said. "I hope [Manderfeld] has a good rest of the tournament."
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