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Apple Valley?s (No. 1) wrestling team gathered for its traditional seniors? practice Tuesday afternoon, where family members showed up to send the team off to its 29th consecutive state tournament. At the end, the group was told by an assistant coach, ?You have a chance to make some history.?

Indeed, the Eagles are heavy favorites Thursday to win their 19th overall and fifth consecutive championship. The nation?s top-ranked high school team also will have a representative in 13 of the 14 weight classes on Friday and Saturday during the individual tournament.

Among them is the wrestler who has been most impressive of all, the one they call ?The Franchise.?

Destin McCauley (No. 1 @ 152) moved to Apple Valley from South Dakota before seventh grade. He has a chance this weekend to win his fifth state championship in the six years since that arrival.

For Complete Story by Brian Stensaas, Star Tribune