MPSHome Alumni Calendar Contact MyMPS
1969-1970 School Year
wr_1969-1970.jpg
Front Row: Assistant Coach Mr. Berg, Dale Vandeusen, Larry Elvendahl, Gary Jensen, Knoblaugh, Leroy Ferguson, Ed Archambalt, John Lofdahl, Head Coach R. Lee. Back Row. Ricky Palla, Rick Hammer, Gary Montoya, Mike Iverson, Ed Eibon, Eddy Benson, Randy Clementson, Mike Straw, Roger Schmidt, Paul Gonzales, Steve Iverson, Tom Bonrud, John Zamora.

This year’s wrestling team, under the leadership of captains Ed Eibon, John Zamora and Gary Montoya, showed great strength and talent throughout the season.

Again, during the conference season, the team finished in the bottom half of the standings with a 4-6 record.  The season began brightly, with a close 29-21 victory over Washburn.  Things moved forward with another close match, this time in favor of Roosevelt, 27-23.

Southwest handed the Tigers their second straight defeat, easily winning 30-12.

South won three of their next four matches, beating up on Central 40-8, then losing to Vocational 27-17. The Tigers took a close one from the North Polars 24-20.  Their last victory of the season came against West, with an easy 36-11 win.

South lost their last three remaining meets.  Edison won handily, 40-6, followed by losses to Henry, 26-16, and Marshall-University, 32-20.

The wrestlers then moved to the post-season.  In the District 17 tournament, the Tigers finished in 7th place.  A week later the Region V tournament was held but no Tiger scored any points at the meet.

The sophomore team finished on a down note, finishing tied for last place in the annual Sophomore Conference Tournament.

There were six seniors on the team who formed the nucleus of the squad.  Heavyweight Randy Clementson had an 0-3 record.  This was Clementson’s first year on the squad.  He showed willingness and courage and was nicknamed “The Looker.”

Ed Eibon, who wrestled at 154 pounds, wrestled varsity for two seasons and is very aggressive.  In the LeSueur Invitational Tournament, Eibon placed second with a 6-2-2 record.  He was nicknamed “Bulldog.”

138 pounder Steve Iverson has been wrestling for three years.  Even though he was hampered by a shoulder injury for most of the season, he still compiled a 7-1 record.  In 10th grade, “The Choker” received the award as the best sophomore wrestler.

120 pound Gary Montoya had a perfect conference record, winning all 10 of his matches.  He has been on the team for three seasons.

John Zamora, 103 pounds, has been on the Varsity for three seasons.  He was the leading 103 pound wrestler in the city.  He placed second last year and first this year in the District 17 meet.

For the eighth year, Robert Lee was the head coach. Mr. Lee became the longest tenured wrestling coach in South wrestling history, surpassing Robert Rainey, who coached for seven seasons.   Mr. Berg assisted Mr. Lee for the second time.