State is great, but it’s not the same

By Per Peterson

In 2020, the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament concluded at the end of February. This year, there have yet to be any champions crowned.

That will change, finally, this weekend, when the state tournament resumes after last Saturday’s “Super Sections.”

Wrestling for individual titles for the Panthers this Saturday will be juniors Ayden Horner and Caden Johnson.

Because of COVID-19, nothing has been the same for wrestlers this season. Every event this year has been a triangular, but the wrestlers and their families were robbed of the tournaments that are a big part of the season, such as the Rick Lee Duals, Red River Riot and our very own Plum Creek Invitational.

And the postseason has been different as well, especially at state, which concludes this weekend at St. Michael Albertville High School — a far cry from the Xcel Energy Center, the typical and much-anticipated destination for all Minnesota High School wrestlers.

See this week’s Headlight Herald for more on this article.