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1992-1993 School Year
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Front Row: A. Shabazz, D. Gau, J. Baird, S. McIntyre, D. Chang, B. Gau, A. Lee. Back Row: Coach R. Barron, M. Shabazz, D. Snell, T. Crowsheart, A. Sargent, J. Pena, J. Wenker, J./ McIntyre, D. Bush, Coach J. Jurisch.

It was a common ritual and sight to see South wrestlers running around the Commons and gym area trying to lose the precious pounds that divided them into separate weight classes.

The Average practice contained 30 minutes of running and a series of drills in which the wrestlers practiced takedowns, escaping and pins, as well as learning new moves.  They then moved onto “live” wrestling where they wrestled for six minutes straight.  After a 30 second break the cycle would continue.

“Wrestling is 90% mental and 10% physical,” said senior John Pena.  Coaches John Jurisch and Richard Barron and the cheerleaders provided the mental support.  According to the team members, their closeness, the advice of the coaches and the intense practices all made the wrestling team one tough competitor.

The results of the Conference season were very positive for the Tigers.  They ended with a 4-2 record, tied for second place with Roosevelt and Southwest.  The conference opener was with eventual champion North.  The Polars handled our Tigers easily, winning 46-24.

The second match of the conference season against Washburn was complete domination by South.  The Tigers defeated the Millers 60-9.

The last conference loss of the season was to Roosevelt, with whom the Tigers shared second place.  This match was close as evident of the final score of 36-34.

South won the last three conference matches.  Edison was beaten 43-21.  Southwest, with whom the Tigers and Teddies shares 2nd place, lost 38-24.  Finally, Henry was defeated 40-27.

In non-conference matches, South was 8-4.  The Tigers defeated Orono 46-30, Edina 46-18, St. Paul Central 42-36, St. Paul Humboldt 48-28, Brooklyn Center 42-33, Henry Sibley 43-23, Park Center 42024 and St. Paul Harding 45-19.

The non-conference losses included two matches against conference opponents, North 48-21, and Southwest 31-30.  The other two losses were to Prior Lake, 37-28, and Champlin Park 52-15.

Senior John Pena advanced to the State Tournament.