Friday, March 2, 2012
Simley wins fifth straight Class 2A wrestling title
By Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press
St. Paul, Minn.
|Three important reasons Simley won the state team wrestling title by beating Scott West for the title are (L-R) Jake Short, Micah Barnes and Mack Short as they celebrate their victory in the 2A finals. (John Doman/Pioneer Press)|
Simley wrestling coach Will Short is wary of the word "dynasty.''
"It is a great word for the press but not necessarily for a wrestling program,'' said Short, who also serves as activities director at the Inver Grove Heights school. "Thinking you have a dynasty can backfire on you when kids start thinking they are better than they are. We still have work to do.''
Spoken like a true coach who refuses to be complacent in the wake of enormous success.
The Spartans, ranked 11th nationally and No. 1 in Minnesota's Class 2A, certainly qualified for dynasty status Thursday night when they defeated No. 2 Scott West 36-22 in the Class 2A championship match at the Xcel Energy Center. Simley used a 24-point spree en route to winning the state championship for a fifth consecutive season. The Spartans have won nine...
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