The stage was set Thursday for the team competition at Xcel Energy Center. LPGE-Grey Eagle won in Class 1A. Photo: Carlos Gonzalez * firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Stacey was down a point, and just 10 seconds were left on the clock. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville was leading at the time of Stacey’s 145-pound match, but the opponent in the Class 1A championship match, Kenyon-Wanamingo, had an advantage at the upper weights yet to come.
It wasn’t quite time to worry, but there was room for concern among the Wolves faithful.
Stacey put an end to their worries, getting a headlock on his foe, then throwing him for good measure for an 8-4 victory.
And with it, the LPGE/Browerville crowd could relax. With momentum squarely on its side, LPGE/Browerville went on to win the first boys’ team championship in school history, defeating Kenyon-Wanamingo 35-27.
“It’s something Coach talks about all the time: Go a full six minutes,” said Stacey, a junior. “It’s something I pride myself in. Never let up.”