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    Kingsley propels Apple Valley to title
    It came as no surprise when Apple Valley rolled to the team title at the Minnesota Christmas wrestling tournament Saturday in Rochester. After all, the Eagles have now won the tournament 11 times in 13 years.

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    WRESTLING MINNESOTA CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT

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    It came as no surprise when Apple Valley rolled to the team title at the Minnesota Christmas wrestling tournament Saturday in Rochester. After all, the Eagles have now won the tournament 11 times in 13 years.

    But Apple Valley delivered a thunderbolt in the form of Brandon Kingsley. The freshman, who was seeded seventh at 125 pounds, pulled off the shocker of the two-day tournament by pinning three-time state champ David Thorn of St. Michael-Albertville in the title match.

    Kingsley, who was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler, pinned all five opponents he faced in the two-day event. He had a 22-3 varsity record for Apple Valley last season but did not find a regular spot in the Eagles' powerful lineup. Kingsley did not wrestle in the individual state tournament and competed only during the team state quarterfinals, winning a decision at 135 pounds against Tartan.

    Seven other Apple Valley individuals wrestled in championship matches Saturday and six won gold medals. The others were freshman Dakota Trom at 112, senior defending state champion Justin Lavelle at 130, sophomore Destin McCauley, a three-time state champ, at 135, state champ Tyler Lehmann at 171 and Craig Kelliher at 189.

    Trom pinned defending state champion Drew Fleming of Watertown-Mayer, who is ranked No. 1 in 2A, in the first period. McCauley defeated defending state champion Robby Fisher of Bloomington Kennedy 6-4; McCauley and Fisher are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 at 135 in 3A.

    Apple Valley had a team score of 273 1/2, followed by Simley at 225 1/2, Hastings at 154, St. Michael-Albertville at 152 1/2 and Bismarck, N.D., at 130. Thirty-one teams competed in the tournament.

    Simley, which had four wrestlers reach the title round, claimed one champion. Unranked eighth-grader Juan Torres recorded a 6-5 title decision over Apple Valley sophomore Jordan Kingsley, who is ranked No. 2 in 3A.
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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    Kingsley, the #7 seed, stuck all five opponents including David Thorn (#1 in AA & reigning 3x State Champ) in the finals. He pinned Thorn in just over a minute.

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    does anybody have the video the thorn getting stuck? i know there was some videos of this tournament from last year on flo including that great match between ness and thorn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    Kingsley, the #7 seed, stuck all five opponents including David Thorn (#1 in AA & reigning 3x State Champ) in the finals. He pinned Thorn in just over a minute.
    does anybody have the video the thorn getting stuck? i know there was some videos of this tournament from last year on flo including that great match between ness and thorn.

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    no, i don't
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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    no, i don't either
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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