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Honored prep wrestling coach to speak out on ouster from East Ridge

By David La Vaque, Star Tribune 05/20/2019, 5:00pm CDT

Accused of insubordination and a possible recruiting violation, Matt Everson did not have his coaching contract renewed. He contends allegations against him are either untrue or spun to suit the school district’s narrative.

Jake Svihel, Star Tribune Metro Wrestler of the Year

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune 04/01/2019, 4:13pm CDT

The Totino-Grace senior finished the season 57-0, a state record for individual victories in a season, to win a state title after three runner-up finishes.

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

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune 03/02/2019, 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.

Totino-Grace wrestler Jake Svihel finally wins state title as a senior

By Jack Warrick and Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune staff writers 03/02/2019, 10:45pm CST

The Eagles senior, competing at 126 pounds, was a three-time state runner up before Saturday afternoon. Plus other news and notes from Class 2A and 1A.

For a few seconds, pain takes a back seat for Stillwater's Reid Ballantyne

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune 03/02/2019, 10:10pm CST

The injured Ponies star would neither sit out nor settle, winning his third individual title.

3A individual prelims: Hastings' Wilson satisfied despite short run at state

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune 03/01/2019, 10:24pm CST

Lynden Wilson was as pleased as possible after his first-round loss to Shakopee’s Tyler Jones at 126 pounds in Class 3A. That's because Wilson spent the three previous seasons battling various stages of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

2A/1A individual prelims: Totino-Grace senior Svihel aims for one position higher

By Jack Warrick and Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune staff writers 03/01/2019, 10:16pm CST

Hel moved up to 126 pounds this year, and so did the wrestler who defeated him last season, Byron’s Mitchel Petersen. Plus a roundup of other action and top wrestlers who advanced.

Redemption: Shakopee defeats Stillwater to win first Class 3A wrestling title

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune 02/28/2019, 10:55pm CST

The Sabers overcame high expectations and bad memories to stop Stillwater, and claim the Class 3A team crown

Simley makes its return to state meet a successful one

By Jack Warrick, Special to the Star Tribune 02/28/2019, 10:51pm CST

Simley defeated Marshall 60-7 to win the Class 2A state championship at Xcel Energy Center, taking its first title since 2015 and 12th overall.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville wins Class 1A wrestling title

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune 02/28/2019, 10:49pm CST

LPGE/Browerville won the first boys’ team championship in school history, defeating Kenyon-Wanamingo 35-27 on Thursday.

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  • By Star Tribune 06/06/2018, 7:45pm CDT
  • In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen hold court on the recent rejection of a basketball shot clock -- remember that wacky Hopkins-Shakopee game? -- and preview state softball and track and field competition.
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