Winning championships is all about pressure. Winning your school's first
championship is even more difficult. The Simley Spartans were in tough Region
1AA until this fateful year. The transition to Region 3AA in 1986-87 presented
the Spartans a chance at the State Tournament without having to go through the
Apple Valley Eagles in the region tournament. After beating the Hastings
Raiders 40-12 in the region tournament the Spartans were "Going to the Show"
for the first time.
Coming off the Spartans first ever State Championship in school history, the
1988 Simley Wrestling team wanted to send a message. The Spartans were an
impressive 19-1 entering the State Championships. The single loss on the
schedule was to Dowling, Iowa. When the two schools met, Dowling was ranked
second in the nation and Simley was ranked third in the nation. The match was
very close; however, Simley suffered a difficult 28-27 loss.
Simley entered the 1988-1989 campaign with a simple goal in hand. Win it all
for the third consecutive time. The season provided many exciting matches but
none more exciting than the first round of the State Tournament. Simley
remained undefeated against Minnesota teams and were ranked number one
throughout the season. Waiting in the first round was a formidable opponent
in second ranked Anoka. During the season Simley had beaten Anoka in three
dual meets, however, each dual meet Anoka was not able to put in their full
Where did Simley High School get it's name?
Simley High School was named for I.T. Simley, the retired Superintendent of
Schools from South St. Paul who served as a consultant to Inver Grove Heights
during the district's transition years.