Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Event starts Thursday morning. ESPN channels will carry the action.
David Thorn, a University of Minnesota wrestler from St. Michael-Albertville High School, has a mighty matchup when the NCAA wrestling tournament opens Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Thorn enters the tournament unseeded at 125 pounds. His first opponent: Alan Waters of Missouri, the No. 1 seed. Thorn got some well-wishes at the STMA Wrestling Facebook page Tuesday: We would like to wish STMA alum David Thorn and the rest of the Golden Gophers good luck on there quest for a national championship. Want to cheer Thorn on? According to GopherSports.com: Thursday’s opening session will begin at 11 a.m. Central. The event concludes with the championship finals on Saturday evening. The entire tournament will be aired live by the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Jordan Joseph picked up his first state championship as a Knight, while Tommy Thorn won his third straight Class AAA individual title.
Two St. Michael-Albertville wrestlers stuck gold again, two nights after the Knights won a share of their first-ever Class AAA team championship, as the blue and gold continued their medal haul in St. Paul. Tommy Thorn picked up his third straight state championship with a 9-1 decision over Gannon Volk of Apple Valley, and Jordan Joeseph edege Tartan's T.J. O'Hara, a defending state champion, as 170 pounds to take his first gold. Three other Knights–Mark Voss, Lincoln Mallinger and Cole Sladek–all made their way to the finals Saturday night. Voss, at 132 pounds, took on defending champion Seth Gross of Apple Valley and was edged 4-3. Sladek found a familiar foe at the end in Mitch Bengston of St. Cloud Apollo, and Bengston captured …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
In a match up for the ages, St. Michael-Albertville and Apple Valley wrestled to a draw in the State 3A Team Tournament final.
Mike Kessler had dreamed of this moment. With his team's back against the wall, trailing Apple Valley 28-25, the 285-pound heavyweight for the Knights had the state tournament team title in his hands. A decision over Lord Joshua Hyeamang would mean a 28-all tie, and a share of the state championship. Kessler pulled through, getting a second period escape and scoring a point with his aggressive shots at Hyemang's legs, forcing the big Eagle into a stall, to earn a 2-0 win. It was a fitting end with more than 15,000 fans watching the state's top two "big school" teams tangle. Apple Valley, with its history, was admittedly "the underdog" much of the year. The Eagles, however, were everyone's champion in this theater until someone finally …
Fans, coaches and players alike will tell you this has been the week circled on the calendar for the past three years. Now, it's time for the Knights to deliver.
Every program in every corner of the state sets out on the course of a new sports season with one goal in mind: win a state championship. For some, it's a realistic goal. The pieces are in place. The competition can't match up. And, if all goes according to plan, the trophy will be there at the end. Rarely is that easy. But for this St. Michael-Albertville wrestling team, which enters today's Class AAA Team Tournament as the No. 1 seed and No. 3 and 5 team in the entire country, that's been the method of thinking all season. Well, almost all season. Related: The Team Tournament begins today at 9 a.m. Semifinal coverage will be brodcast on Prep 45 Online beginning at 1 p.m., and you can listen to Gregg Greeno and the KRWC crew live from …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The team takes a shot at the Section 7-3A title and a berth in the State Tournament tonight.
UPDATE: The Knights scored a perfect 69-0 victory over Elk River in the quarterfinals. Up next is Coon Rapids in the semis, and, if the brackets hold true, a battle with Cambridge-Isanti in a rematch of last year's Section Championship * * * The St. Michael-Albertville Knights, the top-ranked "big school" wrestling team in the state, is battling for the Section 7-3A crown. The No. 3 team in the nation is a heavy favorite to cruise to another state bid, and is the favorite to win the state championship over Apple Valley this year. Watch live courtesy this feed at iHigh.com. Audio of the wrestling tournament is available at KRWC, who is broadcasting from Forest Lake, site of this year's team tourney.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Watch two of the top high school wrestling programs in the country battle it out on the mats at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
St. Michael-Albertville, ranked No. 5 in the country, hosts Class 2A defending champion Simley High School tonight at St. Michael-Albertville High School. You can watch the meet with the video feed above, courtesy of the Knights' wrestling program and iHigh.com. Listen to the match on the radio at KRWC AM 1360, or by streaming the audio here courtesy of the radio station's website. KRWC and St. Michael Patch will be teaming up throughout the winter sports season, as we did last fall, to bring you sports feeds as they're available, including matchups with Buffalo High, the Section Basketball Tournament and more.
Simley and St. Michael-Albertville, ranked nationally at No 9 and No. 5, respectively by a leading wrestling publication, will do battle at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
It’s a bit early, but this just might be Minnesota wrestling’s battle to see who is “best in the state.” The winner of tonight’s duel between St. Michael-Albertville and Simley High (of Inver Grove) will certainly have some rights to that title when they walk away from the mats tonight. The Knights are ranked No. 5 in the country by Intermat magazine, with Simley ranked ninth. Amateur Wrestling has STMA ninth, with Spartans right behind in 10th place. Either way, it’s going to be a huge battle at 7 p.m. at the STMA gym. “This may be the most high profile home dual meet in STMA history,” said head coach Dan Lefebvre. “They bring a very talented group.” According to Lefebvre, Simley is led by their four senior state champions: 2012 state …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Seniors signed up for college wrestling, basketball and volleyball.
Young athletes from St. Michael-Albertville High School made an official move Wednesday morning to start the next chapter of their lives. Eight students signed contracts to play college sports at various colleges and universities next year. "It's exciting to see a young student athlete take the passion that they have here, and take it with them next year to a college or university," said Brian Benson, STMA High School activities director. "What I see in our student athletes is amazing commitment — they're very persistent, and they've worked hard." Students who signed for wrestling were Mitchell Eull, Minot State University; Ricky Briggs, Upper Iowa University; Cole Sladek, North Dakota State University; and Lincoln Mallinger, West Point …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Chas Betts hit the mat Monday in search of an Olympic medal in London. Here's a look at his experience, and his reaction to how he finished.
UPDATE (Tuesday, 9 a.m.): Betts, posting from London, left a message to his fans, family and friends via Facebook: No medal today. Rather than talk about how much it breaks my heart, I just want to thank everyone. Anyone who ever sent a good-luck, wished me well, sent a prayer, or even a positive thought my way. It was an honor to represent the country, state, and city. Thank you. **** Eight years of hard work hit its pinnacle Monday as Chas Betts, wrestling at 185 pounds (84kg) took his Olympic dream that started in St. Michael-Albertville to London on Monday, competing in the Greco-Roman style tournament. Betts captured a dominating win in his opening round match, making the round of 16 with a 6-0, 1-0 win over Keitani Graham of …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Chas Betts has earned the 2012 Jacob Curby Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to recognize a Greco-Roman athlete from each of its Olympic Training Centers for displaying strong personal character and commitment.