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Davis’ 1000th win tops High School Notebook
By Rob Sherrill
Scot Davis is “grand”
When he returned to Minnesota after a year in Kalispell, Mont., Scot Davis was just four wins short of a milestone no other high school wrestling coach had come close to accomplishing.
It didn’t even take half the month of December for Davis to get there.
Eden Prairie is the football capital of Minnesota — they just completed a 12-0 season with yet another big-class state title — but they’re now also known as the school which helped Davis reach that milestone. Davis led the Eagles (4-1) to a 58-17 victory over Columbia Heights Dec. 13, giving him his 1,000th career win. Their lone loss was to Watertown-Mayer, 38-27 on Dec. 6.
Now in his 36th season, at his sixth program in three states, Davis is 1,000-161-4.
When asked about what the milestone means to him, Davis told The Guillotine: “I think about the wrestlers that work so hard, they dedicate themselves, there’s so much determination, there are wins and losses, and heartaches and tears, and all that we’ve gone through together to get to this point.”
Davis earned 886 of those wins at Owatonna, a school he also led to a pair of state championships. He’s now back to his roots – he grew up in nearby Bloomington.
The team Davis – and the rest of the state – is chasing, Apple Valley, opened its season with the first of two tournament titles to date, at Faribault Nov. 30. The Eagles (2-0), winners of their first two dual meets by a combined 123-12 score, added a runaway title in the Delano Tournament Saturday.
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It’s state tournament time again…on The Last Frontier
While the rest of us are just beginning our seasons, small-class Alaska is just ending theirs. The Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament was conducted last weekend at Nikiski High School.
Despite a few dual-meet losses during the season, Bethel won the team title for the fourth consecutive year, and made it look easy. The Warriors scored 217 points to 167.5 for second-place Kotzebue. Valdez (152.5 points) finished third.
Defending champions met in the 220-pound final, with Luke Wagner of Houston pinning Tom Hoseth of Dillingham to close his career as a three-time state champion. Hoseth was the 285-pound state champion last year. Wagner (13-0) was one of four wrestlers to pin his way to a title, scoring four falls in a combined 7:52.
Wagner’s teammate, junior Aaron Drake (126), pinned another defending champion, Brettlyn Reich of Kotzebue, in the finals and was voted the meet’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Two other wrestlers, junior Emery Booshu (138) of Nome and senior Isaac Deaton (160) of Valdez, also won their third titles. Booshu finished the season 35-1, Deaton 36-1.
Sophomore Seth Hutchison (113) of Soldotna Skyview and senior Austin Rake (170) of Valdez won their second titles. Rake (41-0) also pinned his way to a title with four falls in 6:25.