Trojans fall to No. 1 Shakopee in 2AAA semis

New Prague’s Nick Novak earnned a fall at 106 pounds during his match against East-view in the team quarterfianls Friday, Feb. 16. To see more photos go to newprague-times.com and click on the Blue Button. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan wrestling team competed in the Section 2AAA team tournament Friday, Feb. 16, at Lakeville North High School, winning their quarterfinal match against Eastview before losing in the semifinals to No. 1-ranked and eventual champion Shakopee. The section results went as seeded, with the higher seed winning each match in the tournament. Shakopee’s win over Apple Valley breaks a 34-year run for Apple Valley in the state tournament. The last time the Eagles did not qualify for state as a team was in 1982. The Sabers are the No. 1 seed for the State Class AAA team tournament, to be held Thursday, March 1, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

They will face Minnetonka at 9 a.m. Semifinals are at 1 p.m. and the championship match is at 7 p.m. This weekend the Trojans and other section teams will concentrate on individual competition. The Section 2AAA individual tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, at Shakopee High School. The top two wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the State Individual meet Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, also at the Xcel Energy Center. New Prague has three state-ranked wrestlers and several other strong contenders for individual berths.

The three state-ranked wrestlers are Nick Novak, No. 4 at 106 pounds, Colby Dunkel, No. 10 at 113 and Gaige Giles, No. 8 at 160. Action starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday. Trojans 60, Lightning 13 New Prague, seeded No. 4 in the section and ranked No. 12 in Class AAA, easily defeated No. 5-seed Eastview 60-13 in the quarterfinals Friday at Lakeville North. The Trojans opened with three wins, two by fall. Nick Novak started things with a first period fall at 106, then Colby Dunkel outlasted his opponent for a 6-5 win at 113.

Simon Kajer got the third Trojan win at 120, with a fall at 1:41. After Eastview scored a............

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