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Opportunity seized as Apple Valley's Sebas Swiggum claims 138-pound wrestling crown

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 03/02/19, 10:49PM CST


The Eagles senior saw an opening and used it to win his first individual state championship. Plus other news and notes from Class 3A.

Sebas Swiggum of Apple Valley (left) [Shari L. Gross - Star Tribune]

It was a little piece of advice, one that Sebas Swiggum had heard endlessly in his 12 years of wrestling training, that proved the difference as the Apple Valley senior pulled out a 3-2 victory over top-ranked Drew Woodley of Northfield in the 138-pound final at the Class 3A tournament at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

“My coach [Apple Valley assistant] Rudy [James] has always taught us to never stop wrestling,” Swiggum said.

Swiggum trailed Woodley 2-1 late in the final period when that piece of wisdom paid off.

“I never stop to take breaks,” Swiggum said. “I caught Drew taking a break. He looked over at the clock. Right at that moment, I took a shot. A double-leg. I was just throwing a wild card in there and I ended up scoring on it.”

Swiggum beat Stillwater’s Trey Kruse 3-2 in the semifinals, gaining a measure of revenge for a 9-2 loss to Kruse earlier this season. Swiggum said the way he won — beating Kruse and then the No. 1-ranked Woodley — was significant.

“It makes it that much special to me,” he said.

It was the first state championship for Swiggum, who was runner-up at 132 pounds in 2018.

Class 3A state champions

Class 3A
106: Pierson Manville, Shakopee
113: Paxton Creese, Shakopee
120: Derrick Cardinal, Forest Lake
126: Reid Ballantyne, Stillwater
132: Trayton Anderson, Northfield
138: Sebas Swiggum, Apple Valley
145: Cael Carlson, Willmar
152: Willie Bastyr, Lakeville South
160: Gabe Nagel, Little Falls
170: Riley Habisch, Buffalo
182: Zach Glazier, Albert Lea
195: Calvin Sund, Prior Lake
220: Ezayah Oropeza, Rosemount
285: Bryce Benhart, Lakeville North

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