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Brian Basham/TRIBUNE Former Laker wrestling great Shane Tappe (right)?gives some words of encouragement to one of his Morris Area wrestlers. Tappe has been the Tigers' head wrestling coach for the last two seasons.

Shane Tappe knows what it takes to bring a wrestling program back to life

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DETROIT LAKES - When Morris Area head wrestling coach Shane Tappe entered the Detroit Lakes High School's Ralph Anderson Gym last Tuesday, he was in very familiar territory.

Tappe once ruled the Laker mat, becoming DL's all-time leader in victories with 165 wins and the only school wrestler to reach the state championship match, where he finished as a runner-up.

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