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Apple Valley Enjoys Record Setting Day In State Wrestling Tournament

Apple Valley added to their already extensive list of records at the state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday, reported the Star Tribune.

In addition to tacking another team title on to bring their all-time record to 16, the Eagles broke the record of most all-time state champs for one team with 52, breaking the previous mark of 50.

Apple Valley simple overpowered all comers in the team portion of the competition, winning their three duals by a combined score of 154-31. They crushed Albert Lea 57-6 in the title match, recording their 9th team title in the last 10 years.

In the individual competition, Apple Valley had 7 finalists, including 5 champs. The Champions for Apple Valley were: eight-grader Eric Devos at 103 pounds, freshman Destin McCauley at 119, junior Justin Lavalle at 130, senior Matt Mincey at 135, and sophomore Tyler Lehmann at 171.

Apple Valley had a finalist in each of the first six weights. For McCauley and Mincey, this was there 3rd consecutive individual title. For Devos it was his 2nd strait. Both Devos and McCauley have a chance to become Minnesota's first six-time individual state champions.

The five chamions for the Eagles tied the state record for most champs in a single year set by Forest Lake in 1993. The record would have been broken if it weren't for brothers Matt and Tom Kelliher both suffering upsets in the finals.

Following the tournament opposes coaches heaped praises on this record setting team, lead by its dominate lower-weights.

"This is the best individual-tournament team they have ever had,'' Cambridge-Isanti coach Neil Jennissen said. "They have seven kids that can win any tournament they walk into, and that includes at the national level. <u>(Pioneer Press)