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West metro sports: Two-piece wrestling uniform approved

05/06/2017, 5:05pm CDT
By Star Tribune

Is the wrestling singlet on the way out?

Is the wrestling singlet on the way out?

The National Federation of High Schools’ wrestling rules committee approved the use of two-piece alternate uniforms consisting of compression shorts developed specifically for wrestling and a tight-fitting compression T-shirt.

The move was made in response to growing dissatisfaction with the singlet, wrestling’s traditional one-piece uniform that resembles a leotard.

“I like the change to allow a two-piece uniform,” St. Michael-Albertville coach Dan Lefebvre said.

Lefebvre said he doesn’t know how his high school wrestlers will respond, but he’s already anticipating a switch to the two-piece uniform for middle school-age wrestlers.

Mafe has hops

The Gophers landed a talented all-around athlete when they signed Hopkins linebacker Boye Mafe in February. The 6-4, 230-pound Mafe recently finished second in the high jump at the Hamline Elite Meet with a leap of 6-5. Mafe’s best jump this season is 6-6.

Storming

Junior Maddie Schwartz was expected to be the Chanhassen softball team’s No. 3 starter, but Schwartz was all but untouchable in her first three starts.

She pitched three shutouts, gave up only five hits and one walk and struck out 27 batters. She threw a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Buffalo in a rematch of the 2016 Class 4A championship game.

Jim Paulsen

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