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Friday, March 2, 2012
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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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