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A forgone conclusion in the eyes of many became reality at just the right time. Who else but Destin McCauley (No. 1 @ 152) to wrap up (No. 1) Apple Valley?s 19th state championship.
The senior?s 18-3 technical fall in the Class 3A team championship match at 152 pounds gave the Eagles a lead over St. Michael Albertville big enough to put the match out of reach en route to a 61-6 victory. It is the team?s sixth consecutive big-school championship.
McCauley, who will shoot for his fifth individual state championship beginning today at Xcel Energy Center, was proud to be the nail in the coffin.
?Last match with the team ? it was a big deal,? McCauley said.
The eventual championship victory was the capper on a dominant day of wrestling for Minnesota?s most dominant team.
In Class AA, (No. 6) Simley rolled their way to another state championship.
Simley coach Will Short is a personable man, outgoing and gregarious and quick with a smile. Except, of course, when the Spartans are wrestling. It took 14 matches and more than two hours before Short cracked a grin Thursday, despite the face that the Spartans were comfortably in control from the outset of their 39-16 victory over Scott West in the final.
?I go through so much with these guys during the season,? Short said. ?Sometimes it?s harder to be sitting in the chair watching them go through it.?
The Spartans? victory was far from unexpected. They entered the tournament ranked No. 6 in the nation by all three national rankings services. Their two losses were to Apple Valley and Brandon, Fla., at the prestigious Clash Duals in early January.
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