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1988-1989 School Year
Front Row: C. Henry, A. Stegner, C. Shilson, B. Brusuen, E. Petterson. Middle Row: I. Quit, S. Snider, A. Wilkens, J. Nagle, J. Snyder, C. Noble. Back Row: S. Idhe, A. Fung, Coach R. Barron, B. Villmar, Coach J. Jurisch, Y. Chang

“It was a combination of teamwork and individual dedication that made the wrestling a success,” Co-Captain Chad Shilson said.  It is nt how hard the sport is, it is how hard you push yourself.” 

In the beginning of the season things did not look so good.  Several veteran wrestlers decided not to wrestle and there was concern about the team’s ability to win with so many novices.  This worry was soon dispelled according to sophomore Chris Henry.  “Our team really came together by the middle of the season, “ Henry said.

Henry’s feelings were echoed by many members of the team who felt that the beginners exemplified an extraordinary attitude that helped lift South to its best season in four years.

This was truly a landmark.  They finished fourth in the conference.  Chan Shilson picked up his 100th victory. “It felt good, but U would have rather pinned him,” said Shilson.  He also qualified for the State Tournament at 130 pounds. 

Another aspect that lifted South to new heights was a greater emphasis on conditioning.  “We were the best conditioned team in the conference.  Our wrestlers go hard all three rounds,” said Co-Captain Aaron Stegner.  Most team members ran an average of 650 laps around the commons throughout the season.  That is about 50 miles and every one of them paid off on the mats.

During conference play, South ended with a 3-3 record.  They began the conference season with a three-game losing streak, losing to North 49-15, Edison 49-23 and Roosevelt 56-13.  That turned around and the conference season ended with a three-game winning streak, beating Henry 44-0, Southwest 31-30 and Washburn 42-29.

In non-conference matches, again the team wrestled to a .500 record, losing to St. Paul Harding 57-18 and Cretin-Derham Hall 36-32.  The two victories were a 44-29 win against St. Paul Central and a 36-21 win over Edina.

In their only region match, Washburn gained some revenge against the Tigers winning a close match 37-35.

The JV team finished with a 2-4 conference record good for a 5th place tie.  The JV defeated North 40-33 and Henry 19-6.  The scores of the losses included a 42-29 loss to Edison, 60-15 to Roosevelt, 35-15 to Southwest an 22-18 to Washburn.

John Jursich and Rich Barron again coached the team.