Apple Valley's Sebas Swiggum , right, wrestled against Albert Lea's Gavin Ignaszewski during a Class 3A, 132-pound quarterfinal match Friday. Swiggum won the match by decision 7-2. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY * firstname.lastname@example.org
The wrestlers from Apple Valley had something to prove Friday.
After missing the state tournament as a team for the first time since 1982, the Eagles had five wrestlers still alive after Friday’s first two rounds of the Class 3A individual state meet: Regan Schrempp at 113 pounds, Sebas Swiggum at 132, Brady Gross at 138, Nate Larson at 145 and Gable Steveson at heavyweight.
Apple Valley sent eight wrestlers to the individual tournament and finished 12-3 on the day.
“That was definitely different not having the team aspect,” Larson said. “But we still worked the same throughout the whole week. The coaches literally told us in practice ‘Just because we’re not in teams, we’re not giving up.’ Now, the main focus is individual titles.”