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1961-1962 School Year
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Front Row: T. Kragness, L. Anderson, R. Jacobson, R. Westerdahl, L. Peterson, D. Hartke. Back Row: G. Sande, H. Dodge, J. Martineau, J. Lindsley, R. Bogen, R. Warren

The 1961-1962 wrestling team, led by Captain Dodge, finished the season with a 7-3 conference record, which put them in fourth place in the city.  This is the best record South has ever had in this sport.

Being strong in the lightweights and heavyweights enabled them to start the season by beating Marshall 41-13.  In this match, nine South wrestlers won, six by pins.  They kept their form by beating Central 41-15, Southwest 32-18, Edison 50-10 and North 28-25. 

The Tigers then lost two in a row, to Roosevelt 31-17 and Washburn 31-12. The score of the Washburn match does not indicate how close the match was.  There were seven decisions by a close score, all which went to Washburn, who later went on the take the city title.

The Tigers beat Henry 32-22, but lost another close match to District 17 champions, Vocational, 28-22.  South won their last match of the conference season against West 26-24.

At the end of the season, the wrestlers participated in the District 17 meet, in which they placed 8th. Jim Martineau, 175 pound class, took first place in the city meet and second place in the District 17 meet.  Larry Anderson, 95 pounds, placed first in District 17 and Richard Westerdal, 120 pounds, placed third at District 17 meet.

At the beginning of the season, Dick Olson was expected to have a good season.  He won his first three matches, then, was injured. 

This was the last season Coach Robert Rainey was at the helm of the team.