MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two of the best high school wrestling coaches in Minnesota history will be joining forces this fall.

Former Apple Valley co-coach Jim Jackson, who won 14 team state titles at Apple Valley, told WCCO he is joining the staff at Eden Prairie this fall as associate head coach. He joins EP head coach Scot Davis, who won two state titles at Owatonna and is regarded by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as the nation’s all-time high school wins leader.

Jackson’s Apple Valley teams twice finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, in both 2010 and 2011. After compiling a 619-26-3 record at Apple Valley, he stepped down in 2012 to spend more time with his family.

In an interview with WCCO, Jackson said his daughter encouraged him to return to the sport, and after two years away from coaching, he relishes the chance to work with Davis, his former top rival.

Davis just finished his first season as Eden Prairie’s head coach and told WCCO that the decision to add Jackson to the staff was a “no-brainer.”

In their interview with WCCO, which will air Friday night on “High School Sports Rally,” Davis and Jackson said they have always had a tremendous amount of respect for one another and see this as a chance to turn Eden Prairie into a wrestling powerhouse.

WCCO’s “High School Sports Rally” airs Friday at 10:20 p.m., and will have much more on the Jackson-Davis union.


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