Members of the Apple Valley High School wrestling team won the school’s 12th straight team title and it took junior Gable Steveson just 10 seconds to pin his opponent in the championship match to capture his third straight individual title at this year’s Class AAA state wrestling tournament March 2-4 in St. Paul.
Apple Valley defeated Anoka 30-24 in the championship match of the team competition, following wins over Minnetonka and Hastings in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. Apple Valley ended the season ranked 28th in the nation by InterMat and Steveson was named the nation’s top wrestler in the 285-pound weight class.
This was Apple Valley’s 25th state wrestling team title in 34 state tournament appearances all time. Along with Steveson, other members of the state championship team are Jalen Thul, Tanyi Besong, Kyle Rathman, Regan Schrempp, Martin Stewart, Dylan Anderson, Adam Mickelson, Peyton McLagan, Brady Gross, Sebas Swiggum, Nate Larson, Michael Mattison, Arthur Quinones, Devin Roberts, Tony Watts, Jonah Johnson, Carlos Jimenez and Tyler Kim. Schrempp and Steveson were named to the Class AAA All-Tournament Team. Apple Valley’s student managers are Maddie Stanton, Ana Omana and Stephanie Jobe. Dalen Wasmund is the head coach and assistant coaches are Josh Barlage, Jamell Tidwell, Rudy James, Nic Barclay, Tony Abbott and Don Cheney.
A total of 17 District 196 students qualified for the individual competition at state, including 11 from Apple Valley, four from Eagan High School and two from Eastview High School. State runners-up included Apple Valley’s Schrempp at 106 pounds and Thul at 170 pounds; third-place finishes were Rathman of Apple Valley at 138 pounds, Alex Lindstrom of Eastview High School at 170 pounds and Mike Delich of Eastview at 195 pounds; Mickelson of Apple Valley finished in fourth place at 113 pounds; fifth-place finishers included Apple Valley’s Gross at 120 pounds and Besong at 220 pounds, and sixth-place finishes went to Apple Valley’s Larson at 145 pounds and Johnson at 182 pounds.