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1984-1985 School Year
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Front Row: M. Mullin, C. Shilson, M. Savage, G. Waskosky, J. Casperson, M. Vandermyde, B. Hansen. Middle Row: Coach S. Skavnak, D. Eschmann, J. Savage, R. Fernandez, B. Mauk, B. Keller, E. Berg, B. Zaragoza, C. Shilson, G. Rea, Coach D. Drinkwine. Back Row: J. Newman, D. Johnson, W. Larsen, V. Collins, R. Howes, F. Westriech, B. Scott, K. Meneal, S. Abumayyaleh, D. Spagenski, Assistant Coach J. Jurisch.

Wrestling is a work that brings to mind many a gruesome picture.  A sport laughed at by many, and understood by few.  But all that started to change, even as the posters designed to recruit member for 198-1985 team went up.

“Are you a boy? Do you weigh 95 points or more?  If so, come to the wrestling meeting…”  These signs game some small guys confidence because though they wanted to take part in sports, they may not have been able to due to their size.  But in High School wrestling, this was not a hindrance, it was an asset, because wrestlers compete with those of equal size.  With 12 weight classes, there is a place for almost everyone.

As the season kicked off, the Tigers became stronger and more aggressive with the help of Head Coach Stan Skavnak and Assistant Coaches John Jurisch and Dan Drinkwine. There wree no injuries, bit there was self-sacrifice.  Some wrestlers even gave up candy bars in order to stay in their weight class.  According to co-captain Mike Savage, “It is a good sport!”

The Conference season opened Dec. 13 with the Tigers playing Henry.  This match did not seem remotely fair, because the Tigers beat the Patriots by 49 pont, 56-7.

The second conference match was a lot closer.  The Millers of Washburn barely defeated out Tigers 32-25.

The match against the other northside school, North seemed to be a repeat of the Henry match.  South won by 45 points, 51-6!

Edison, who is a perennial power in the wrestling conference, again defeated the Tigers 39-14.  South defeated Southwest 43-22 and then lost to Roosevelt in the last conference match of the season 35-19.

South, with its 3-3 record finished in the middle of the conference, placing fourth. 

The bright spot of the season can during the post-season when Senior Mike Savage, 132 pounds, and Sophomore Corey Shilson, 112 pounds, advanced to the State Tournament.