Monday B1

Monday’s front page of the sports section is going to look a bit different. We’re usually all about delivering the best in regional sports coverage and tomorrow will be no exception – except we’ll have a little twist in appearance thanks to the state wrestling tournament.

Beginning last Wednesday and continuing through Saturday night, the state wrestling tourney brought student-athletes from all over Minnesota to the Xcel Energy Center, including several grapplers from our neck of the woods. Team-wise, Adrian and Jackson County Central took to the mats; plenty of other wrestlers also competed on an individual basis.

Sports Editor Aaron Hagen made the trip to St. Paul, and it was an eventful few days for southwest Minnesota wrestlers and four long – and rewarding – days of reporting and photography for Aaron. I visited with Aaron earlier this afternoon and told him the coverage he’s provided is outstanding so far – and will be Monday, as well. That’s in part because I’ve already seen the front sports page – essentially a tribute to our outstanding area high school wrestlers.

Jackson County Central won a state title, Adrian captured a consolation title and four individual wrestlers brought home first-place hardware. That will be well represented on page B1 and B2 – with page B3 leading off the remainder of a big weekend in area high school sports. We’ll have coverage of the Worthington Trojans’ big win over Marshall in a Saturday night girls basketball showdown … and we’ll have a plethora of boys basketball sectional playoff stories.

Tomorrow’s sports section will be a collectors item of sorts, certainly for JCC and Adrian wrestling fans as well for a few folks in Windom, no doubt. And, if for some reason you can’t get a print edition, we’ll have all the write-ups on our Web site,, as well. We also expect to have a large quantity of photos from the state wrestling tournament posted within the next few days.

This is a completely wild time of year for high school sports, and our sports guys – Aaron, MIchael Brauer, and the "Knutson Klan" – are working extremely hard to bring you all the action on the printed page and the Web. I’m confident our readers will be impressed.