For 35 years Gary Rettke helped Spring Lake Park wrestling become one of the premier programs in the state with 339 wins, 50 state meet entrants and seven state champions between 1968-2000.
The Bengals wrestled to very lofty results with both state qualifiers placing among the best in the state. Sophomore Malik Stewart lost his section final rematch in the 120-pound state championship to St. Michael-Albertville’s Michael McKee.
Seven area wrestlers win Section 7AAA titles in one of the toughest sections in the state.
Among the area wrestling events, Anoka went 3-1 at its home dual tournament including a big win over highly-ranked Hastings.
A coach’s plea to join the wrestling team was all it took to launch a 98-pound freshman into a career with the U.S. Army Reserve and an opportunity to help coach Olympic athletes.
The hashtag #7thHeaven was one catch phrase Concordia University, St. Paul, used to describe what can only be described as domination on a historic level.
One great sign of a healthy rivalry is a traveling trophy and the much-anticipated Anoka-Coon Rapids wrestling dual meet lived up its trophy, the Golden Boots, after a golden performance by defending champion Anoka in a 39-21 win, Jan. 2.