This much we knew going into the 2018 state team wrestling tournament: A new champion would be crowned in Class 3A. That’s because Apple Valley, which has dominated big-school wrestling for longer than any current high schoolers have been alive, was not among the competitors.
Shakopee came to state at Xcel Energy Center as the 3A Section 2 championship, having ended Apple Valley’s run of 35 consecutive team appearances at state and 12 straight championships (the Eagles were co-champs with St. Michael-Albertville in 2013). Apple Valley owns 25 championships in 36 state tournament appearances since 1980.
The Sabers came in as the No. 1 seed in Class 3A, but it was the third-seeded Knights of St. Michael-Albertville who came away with the championship trophy. The Knights defeated Shakopee 30-25 in the finals to take home their eighth title since 1996.
St. Michael-Albertville won Class 2A gold in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and tied Apple Valley for the 3A crown in 2013. The Knights, making their 28th state appearance since 1975, have been state runners-up 10 times.
Shakopee was making only its fourth appearance in the team state tournament and first since 2004. The Sabers’ best previous finish was state runner-up in 1983.
In the other two classes, repeat champions was the theme.
In Class 2A, Kasson-Mantorville defeated first-time state entrant Fairmont/Martin County West 49-9, going back-to-back after winning the title last year. The KoMets now own four state team championships since 2013.
In Class 1A, Zumbrota-Mazeppa defeated Frazee defeated 31-19 to win its second team title in as many years, as well as its second championship all-time.
Individual competition in all three classes will begin Friday. The tournament will culminate with individual championship matches Saturday evening, capping a six-session tournament over three days.Class 1A
Frazee 41, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 10
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 43, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 13
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 37, Ottertail Central 19
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 63, Kenyon-Wanamingo 7Semifinals
Frazee 38, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 20
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 35, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 18Third place
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 38, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 18 Fifth place
Ottertail Central 39, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 23 Championship
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 31, Frazee 19Class 2A
Scott West 56, Grand Rapids 7
Fairmont/Martin County West 45, South St. Paul 16
Kasson-Mantorville 54, Totino-Grace 13
Perham 31, Foley 25Semifinals
Fairmont/Martin County West 30, Scott West 28
Kasson-Mantorville 48, Perham 10Third place
Scott West 33, Perham 30Fifth place
Foley 44, South St. Paul 26Championship
Kasson-Mantorville 49, Fairmont/Martin County West 9Class 3A
Anoka 35, Hastings 22
St. Michael-Albertville 46, Stillwater 20
Shakopee 62, Minnetonka 9
Willmar 50, Albert Lea 18Semifinals
St. Michael-Albertville 31, Anoka 29
Shakopee 32, Willmar 30Third place
Anoka 30, Willmar 22Fifth place
Albert Lea 40, Hastings 25Championship
St. Michael-Albertville 30, Shakopee 25