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2003-2004 School Year

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The South High wrestling team cam through strong this year, breaking records and building bonds, while winning match after match.  The team was coached by Chris Barrett and led by the team’s co-captains, seniors Max Jelinek and Leif Kopeitz.  They did their jobs well. The team placed second in the city conference, an achievement they had not accomplished since the 1983-84 season!

Part of the success of this year’s team can be attributed to the number of younger team members.  “We have a strong base,” Kopeitz said, making it all the more likely that the team will continue to triumph in the future.  The newer member will only get stronger while they continue to recruit underclassmen. 

During the season, the team had a 3-2 conference record and an overall record of 10-11.  The Conference season started with a match against Southwest.  The Tigers easily defeated the Lakers by a 47-24 score.

Roosevelt was the next conference opponent.  In a close match, the Teddies eked out the Tigers 39-32.  South rebounded in the next match against North, destroying the Polars 57-17.  The results of the match against Henry on Jan. 22 were not reported.  Conference champion Edison was the next opponent and the Tommies rolled over the Tigers 57-11.  South ended the conference season with a very close win over Washburn, 36-33.

In non-conference meets, the Tigers defeated conference rival North, 51-22, Pine Island 63-24, Brooklyn Center 51-23 and DeLaSalle 45-39.

Losses in non-conference play included Totino Grace 67-12, Monticello 40-36, Pine Island 58-13, Park Center 42-29 and Minnehaha Academy 48-18.

In tournaments, the Tigers placed 3rd in the Orono/Minnetonka Invitational, 7th in the Hopkins tournament and 11th in the Ogilvie Tournament.

The Tigers lost their only Region 5AAA match to Robbinsdale Armstrong 48-30.

While the team performed well on the mat, their friendships also grew outside of practice.  “They are a great group of guys,” Kopeitz said.  They would often hang out after wrestling hours, going out to eat and creating a stronger bond with each other.  It is obvious that the wrestling team is not only physically powerful, but tightly knit to match.  Their legacy is sure to go far.