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1999-2000 School Year
Name of wrestlers were not listed in the 2000 yearbook.

The Energy level was high in the gym each time the Tigers were on the wrestling mat.  Wrestling fans shouted, “Pin him! Pin him!”  and became engaged by the high-intensty sport.

The wrestling meets always began with the JV matches, during which the Varsity wrestlers prepared for their matches in a different room.  When the varsity team was ready, they played Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger and circled out onto the mat.

The majority of the wrestlers were involved in wrestling for one reason--- to get into shape.  “I joined because I wanted to learn how to wrestle and to get in shape for the winter,” said senior Jason Gendler. 

All of the members of the wrestling team had to be in shape, but they also wanted to have some fun.  “At the end of an easy practice, we play Bombardment,” said Gendler,  Junior  Stephen Stone agreed, saying, “I liked Dodgeball when we play it.”

The team members accomplished a great deal, especially for a “young team that was still maturing,” according to senior captain Mark Eshleman. 

“You have to be really determined and stay focused all season,” observed sophomore Trevor Copeland. 

Although the wrestlers had many supporters and the great coaching of Mark Sanders and Lenny Sedlock, they could not break into the top half of the conference.  The team finished in 6th place with a 1-5 record, defeating only Washburn, 41-37, for their only conference win.

Most of the other matches were competitive.  North won 42-27.  Henry won 38-21.  Southwest’s 34-28 victory was the closest the Tigers would come to a conference opponent in the losses.  Edison won 46-21.

The worst match of the season was the loss to conference champion Roosevelt.  The Tigers set a team record for the worst conference loss in the history of the team, losing 69-0!

The non-conference schedule was not positive either.  The team amassed losses to DeLaSalle, 42-31 and Columbia Heights, 50-13.

In non-conference tournaments, the Tigers finished 11th at the Maple Grove Tournament, 9th at the Ogilvie Tournament and 8 at the Robbinsdale Cooper Tournament.

Their first round opponent in the Region 5AAA meet was Conference Champion Roosevelt.  The Tigers fared a little better this time, but still lost 50-16.