COA News 2024


Former Apple Valley standout Mark Hall is retiring from wrestling after losing at the Olympic Trials

Former highlight of Apple Valley Mark Hall retired from competitive wrestling on Saturday after losing to Trent Hidlay 9-4 in a consolation semifinal at the 2024 Olympic Trials in State College, Pennsylvania.

The 27-year-old Hall, who competed in the men’s freestyle at 190 pounds (86 kg), was a 2017 NCAA champion as a freshman at Penn State. He also won three conference titles, all at 174 pounds.

After losing on Saturday, he left his shoes on the mat to signal his retirement. The crowd at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center gave the emotional Hall a standing ovation as he left the arena.

Hall went 278-5 with Apple Valley and won six state championships – one each year from seventh through 12th grade – after moving there from Kentucky.


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