Last night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, Apple Valley’s Mark Hall defeated Hasting’s Austin Eichmann by technical fall (2:50, 16-1) in the 170-pound weight class AAA final. Hall became the first Minnesota wrestler ever to win six state individual titles.
Hall finished his senior campaign with an undefeated record of 48-0 for the season. He strung together an impressive 171-match win streak to complete his career. Hall ended high school with an astonishing career record of 278-5 over his six years wrestling in the varsity lineup.
In Minnesota, junior high school students are allowed to participate on the high school varsity wrestling teams. Hall, clearly a talented wrestler, has wrestled in the varsity lineup since 2011, which placed him in seventh grade. As a 7th grader, Hall battled his way to the top winning his first title at 130-pounds.
As an eighth grader, Hall moved up a weight class and claimed the 145-pound state title in 2012. The following year, the Apple Valley wrestler moved up to 152-pounds as a freshmen, where he continued his championship conquest taking home his third MN state championship. As a sophomore, Hall moved up in weight for the final time, as he went on to claim three more (’14, ’15, ’16) individual state championships at the 170-pound weight class.
Along with 6 team titles, the future Penn State Nittany Lion set a record by capturing a staggering total of 12 Minnesota state Championships. Apple Valley Eagles wrestling won their 24th Team state title and 11th Class 3A title in a row. Hall’s 182-pound win over St. Michael-Albertville’s Lucas Jeske was a crucial instrument to the Eagles 31-26 victory.
The Apple Valley wrestler Mark Hall’s teammates (present and former), family, fans, and PSU coach Cael Sanderson were in attendance at the Xcel Energy Center. Hall received a standing ovation from the crowd. He humbly acknowledged the crowd, then proceeded to climb into the stands to share the historic moment with friends and family.
Year – WT Class – Place – School Year
2011 – 130-pound champion – 7th grade
2012 – 145-pound champion – 8th grade
2013 – 152-pound champion – Freshmen
2014 – 170-pound champion – Sophomore
2015 – 170-pound champion – Junior
2016 – 170-pound champion – Senior
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