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Please welcome Justin LaValle as the new Minnesota/USA Wrestling State Greco-Roman Coach #MNStorm

By David Peterso, 02/07/22, 8:15PM CST


Originally from Moorhead, Minnesota and moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota the summer before my Junior year of High School and graduated from Apple Valley High School in 2009. Four-time State place winner, and two-time State Champion (4th, 3rd, 1st, 1st). Went on to wrestle at Old Dominion University where I was a NCAA qualifier at 141lbs, and finished with a record of 2-2, taking out the 11th seed first round. Eventually finishing my career at North Dakota State, where I graduated with a Physical Education Degree, and recently a Health Education Degree.

Currently, I am a Health and Physical Education teacher at Apple Valley High School and am the Head Cross Country Coach in the Fall, and Assistant Wrestling Coach in the winter. I have been married since October of 2019 to my wife Katie, and we have a daughter Jovie, who was born April of 2021.

Greco-Roman wrestling has been a passion of mine since I was in Junior High and competed for the Storm at the Schoolboy Duals. I placed 4th at Fargo as a Cadet, Runner Up as a first year Junior, and Fargo Champion as a second year Junior. At the Fila Junior level (U20’s), I was 3rd place, 2nd place, 2nd place, and won the Fila Junior World Team Trials in 2009, but fell in a special wrestle off for the World Team.

After college I competed with the Senior level Storm team under Coach Chandler and Coach Paulson. I competed at 59 kilograms and won the Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier, putting me through to the 2016 Olympic Trials. Continued wrestling into 2017, where I eventually ended up finishing my career due to head injuries.

I have been coaching with the Minnesota Storm Juniors & Cadets since 2010, and have been coaching at Cadet Duals since 2016, only missing this past year due to teaching. I also am blessed to coach at the Pinnacle School of Wrestling, where under Coach Brandon Paulson and Jared Lawrence, I am able to sharpen my craft. I am very honored to be offered and accept this role as the State coach of Minnesota Greco and to carry of the wonderful tradition of Greco-Roman wrestling this State has. #GoGreco