Minnesota Sports Briefs: Champs crowned for state high school team wrestlingMinnesota Sports
-- Apple Valley won its seventh straight Class 3A Minnesota state team wrestling title yesterday at the Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL -- Apple Valley won its seventh straight Class 3A Minnesota state team wrestling title yesterday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Eagles came back from a 9-0 deficit against St. Michael Albertville by winning the next eight matches in row; six of them by fall and the other two by technical fall. Some of those falls lasted less than half a minute.
Simley won its fifth consecutive crown in Class 2A over Scott West 36-22 , and Jackson County Central won its third Class 1A trophy in a row 35-28 over Kimball.
Each team won three dual meets at the state tournament yesterday. Individual championships will be crowned over the next two days.
The 2012 Boys' state swimming and diving meet continues today at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Competition got underway yesterday with preliminary swimming and diving events. The championship events are slated for Saturday.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team team wraps up its regular season tomorrow when hosting Nebraska at Williams Arena. Minnesota beat the Cornhuskers earlier this season in Lincoln. The Gophers suffered a 52-45 setback at 15th-ranked Wisconsin on Tuesday to fall to 5-12 in the Big Ten. They are 17-13 overall.
The University of Minnesota baseball team lost a home game yesterday 4-1 to New Mexico State at the Metrodome. The Aggies snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning to secure the victory. Minnesota is now 3-5 on the year. The same two teams will play again tonight as part of the Dairy Queen Classic tournament happening all weekend at the Metrodome.
The chairman of the Minnesota House Tax Committee wants at least a vote on a Vikings stadium this legislative session -- but also predicts it will pass. Preston Republican Greg Davids says as far as paying for the state's portion, he wonders whether electronic pull-tabs would generate as much revenue as backers say. He adds that racino is not out of yet and he still likes the White Earth Band of Ojibwe's approach. The White Earth Band has offered to build a metro area casino and split proceeds with the state. That proposal would likely see strong opposition from other tribes with casinos in or near the Twin Cities area.
The Minnesota Twins won a loosely-played "B" game against the Red Sox 6-5 yesterday in Fort Myers. The main goal of the game was for each team to get some pitchers some game activity and that was accomplished. The game does not count in the Grapefruit League standings, nor was it played in a typical fashion. The umpires didn't show up until the third inning, so Twins third base coach Steve Liddle called balls and strikes, while a groundskeeper was umpiring on the bases. The "real" spring training schedule begins tomorrow for the Twins with a game against Tampa Bay in Fort Myers.