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1985-1986 School Year
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Front Row: Kurt Mencel, Dan Bryden, Tony Moe, Ralph Howes, Ward Larson, Kris Schumacher, Bruce Nguyen. Back Row: Corey Shilson, Jay Savage, Doug Hunt, Rich Barren , Coach John Jurisch, Chad Shilson, Greg White.

In the year of Hulk Hogan and the rise to prominence of the World Wrestling Federation, our own South wrestlers did not get the media exposure they deserved.

The team had a lot of first year wrestlers, which made it difficult for the season to get off the ground.  The team also had to break in a new Assistant Coach, Rich Barron.  Barron worked with Head Coach John Jurisch, a veteran of South wrestling, to get the wrestlers to perform up to their abilities.

Although this year was primarily a year for building up the team, wrestlers seemed pretty optimistic.  Junior Ben Mauk commented that “we lost a lot of matches due to inexperience.  Hopefully next year we will have a better season.” 

Each team (varsity and JV) consist of 12 wrestlers, one for each weight class.  Weight classes range from 98 pounds to heavyweight.  With so few graduating seniors,  next season should be positive.

During the Conference season, the Tigers unfortunately went winless.  Of the six conference matches, there were three in which the Tigers were competitive, losing to Henry, 36-26, Southwest, 43-20, and North, 38-21. The other three scores were more one-sided, losing to Edison 49-12, Roosevelt 57-8 and Washburn 47-14.

South did win two non-conference matches against a combined Blake/Breck team and St. Paul Central.

The JV team finished with a 3-3 record, defeating Henry 36-18, North 42-18 and Edison 36-24.  They lost to Roosevelt 45-15, Washburn 36-24 and Southwest.  As of this writing, the score against Southwest is unknown.

At the end of the season, Junior Corey Shilson again advanced to the State Tournament for the second time, as did his brother, Chad Shilson.