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01 May Posted by in Minnesota Wrestling | Comments

Jim Jackson, Apple Valley Head Coach, Retires with 619-26-3 Coaching Record

Jim Jackson, Apple Valley Head Coach, Retires with 619-26-3 Coaching Record

Apple Valley’s Jim Jackson, the most successful coach in Minnesota high school wrestling history, retired from coaching Tuesday, May 1. “It’s just time,” Jackson told the Pioneer Press. Jackson, 55, is stepping down to spend more time with his wife, June, and 12-year-old daughter, Taylor, a tennis player. “I want to be a full-time dad […]

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04 Apr Posted by in Minnesota Wrestling | Comments

Matt Kelliher (No. 7 @ 135) Named MWCA’s Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling

Matt Kelliher (No. 7 @ 135) Named MWCA’s Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling

Matt Kelliher (No. 7 @ 135) of Apple Valley is this year’s Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling. He will be honored at the MWCA Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, April 9th in Benson, MN. The MWCA annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior […]

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13 Mar Posted by in National Rankings, State Portals | Comments

2010-2011 High School Wrestling National Team Rankings

2010-2011 High School Wrestling National Team Rankings

Apple Valley has done it again.  The High School Wrestling Season is complete and for the entire 2010-2011 season, Apple Valley held on to the No. 1 National Ranking.  Finishing the 2011 season undefeated with dominant performances week after week, Apple Valley can claim the title of a National Championship. 2011 HSWrestling National Champions The […]

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06 Mar Posted by in Minnesota Wrestling | Comments

No. 1 Apple Valley Crowns Seven Individual State Champions

No. 1 Apple Valley Crowns Seven Individual State Champions

In case it hadn’t proven its case already, the Apple Valley (No.1) wrestling team delivered a final piece of evidence that it should finish ranked No. 1 in the nation for the third consecutive season by crowning seven individual state champions Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center. In equaling the state record they set […]

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09 Feb Posted by in Minnesota Wrestling | Comments

No. 1 Apple Valley: The Making of Champions

No. 1 Apple Valley: The Making of Champions

When walking into the practice wrestling facility at Apple Valley High School, the theme is clear:  Champions. ‘National Champions’ is scrawled in five-foot block letters across one wall of the facility.  The words adorn coaches’ and players’ practice gear. And when wrestling head coach James Jackson urges his wrestlers to give him another sprint, crunch […]

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Apple Valley, MN (#1) wins Iowa Tournament

Apple Valley, MN (#1) wins Iowa Tournament

Apple Valley, defending HSWrestling.net National Champions, kicked off the 2010 wrestling season by winning the Keith Young Invitational in Cedar Falls,  Iowa.  The Eagles had 5 individual champions edging out last years defending champs, Waverly-Shell Rock of Iowa. A.V. Coach Jim Jackson had this to say after the impressive team win.  “Our team balance has […]

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Intermat’s 2010 JJ Classic Wrestling Tournament Preview

Intermat’s 2010 JJ Classic Wrestling Tournament Preview

The inaugural InterMat JJ Classic takes place Saturday, October 23 at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The field is loaded with talent. There are several ways for wrestling fans to follow the action from the 2010 InterMat JJ Classic. InterMat will be doing a live blog throughout the event and also providing […]

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21 Oct Posted by in College Recruiting | Comments

Apple Valley Sends Two More To Divison One

Apple Valley Sends Two More To Divison One

Apple Valley High School in Minnesota has had a long running record of sending talent to the NCAA level, but the 2011 recruiting class developed by one of wrestling’s greatest masterminds, Head Coach Jim Jackson, is likely to be on par with memorable classes like Blair Academy’s 2001 class. No. 21 Matt Kelliher and No. […]

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Apple Valley Head Coach Jim Jackson Interview

Apple Valley Head Coach Jim Jackson Interview

Apple Valley, Minnesota is the No.1 High School Wrestling team in the nation heading into the 2010-2011 wrestling season.  Our friend Scott Casber had a chance to sit down with the Eagle’s head wrestling coach, Jim Jackson, to discuss what makes Apple Valley the powerhouse program they are, the depth of the program, and how […]

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24 Aug Posted by in HS Wrestling Blog | Comments

Seven Apple Valley Wrestlers Claim All-America Honors

Seven Apple Valley Wrestlers Claim All-America Honors

Seven Apple Valley wrestlers reached All-America status during the recent freestyle and Greco-Roman national championships: Destin McCauley (who won the 152-pound freestyle national title and was selected the event’s outstanding wrestler), Gannon Volk, Jordan Kingsley, Matt Kelliher, Steven Keogh, Jake Waste and Dakota Trom.

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